As we draw closer to the end of this year’s World Endurance Championship, the racers are gearing up and preparing to take on the Shanghai International Circuit as the 6 Hours of Shanghai marks the eighth and penultimate race of the championship.
The track was opened in 2008, costing roughly $450 million to build and has a total distance of 5.5 kilometres. There are a total of 16 turns, meaning the WEC teams will have to be fully focused as one wrong corner can be the difference between the top of the podium or the back of the pack.
The track was designed by Hermann Tilke who has worked on other tracks including Istanbul Park, which has been praised as a technical and aesthetic tour de force. Shanghai’s track mirrors some of its designer’s trademarks, featuring a long back straight followed by a hairpin turn.
2016’s race will mark the fifth year in a row that the FIA WEC has come to China’s world famous track and it’s this imposing circuit where the title could be won or lost.
The Signatech Alpine team will be one of the teams looking to return to their winning form and secure their LMP2 championship in Shanghai. During the last race at Fuji, the trio of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stéphane Richelmi failed to maintain their winning streak, finishing third in their category.
While the result may have consolidated their lead in the standings, it has not secured them the championship just yet. Currently, Signatech Alpine have secured themselves a comfortable 38 point lead between themselves and second place, but with 58 points still on offer between the final two races they will need to maintain their championship form to ensure they can hold onto their lead.
The LMP2 category is once again looking extremely competitive as we enter the final two races. Teams are going to look to use the many twists and turns throughout the Shanghai International Circuit to secure as many points as they can.
As the FIA World Endurance Championship reaches its final two races, there’s still plenty of time for excitement and daring manoeuvres as the 6 Hours of Shanghai lines up its starting grid on Sunday 6th November.
To follow the race: http://www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-shanghai.html