WEC

LE MANS STYLE RACING FOR 2012 SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE IN SHANGHAI
Today saw the first sports car endurance race at Shanghai International Circuit come to a close after a successful day of challenging racing. Conditions were ideal, with temperatures in the mid-twenties and sun cutting through the early morning fog for the start of the race at 11:00 local time. As the 8th and final round in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Shanghai marked the end of a season and saw the attribution of race and World Champion titles in all categories.Among the honours bestowed today in Shanghai was the 2012 sports car Driver’s World Championship, going to Marcel Fässler (CHE), Benoit Tréluyer (FRA) and André Lotterer (DEU), LM P1 drivers of the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro. “We had a good season all the way through, so we came here with some extra points,” explained Lotterer. “Of course we wanted to go for the victory and try to beat Toyota in the race, but that was not an option today so I was just careful to drive the car home. We have a good partnership and it is fantastic to have this as a reward for the first world championship.”

Today’s 6 Hours of Shanghai race winner was the #7 Toyota hybrid driven by Alexander Wurz (AUT) and Nicolas Lapierre (FRA). Although not eligible for the overall championship, as Toyota launched its endurance campaign almost halfway through the WEC season, the manufacturer performed remarkably well, having won three out of six races over the season. “There is no such thing as an easy race but I have to say that we had a very good weekend,” said Lapierre. “We have been very fast and the car was great on this track.”

“Of course we want to win the world championship and we want to win Les 24 Heures du Mans,” added Wurz, “just like the Audi guys do, so I am sure the manufacturers will build up a war over the winter and I am looking forward to that. We have shown that we are on it and that we can give it our all- it was the perfect race.”

2012 FIA ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONS

Driver Award: Marcel Fässler (CHE), Benoit Tréluyer (FRA) and André Lotterer (DEU)
LM P1 Manufacturer Award: Audi (DEU)
LM GTE Manufacturer Award: Ferrari (ITA)
Private LM P1 Team Award: Rebellion Racing (CHE)
LM P2 Team Award: Starworks Motorsports (USA)
LM GTE Pro Team Award: AF Corse (ITA)
LM GTE Am Team Award: Larbre Competition (FRA)

6 HOURS OF SHANGHAI RACE CLASSIFICATION

LM P1 Race Winner:
7; TOYOTA RACING; JPN; Toyota TS030 Hybrid; Alexander Wurz (AUT) – Nicolas Lapierre (FRA)

LM P2 Race Winner:
25; ADR-DELTA; FRA; Oreca 03 – Nissan; John Martin (AUS) – Tor Graves (GBR) – Mathias Beche (FRA)

LM GTE Pro Winner:
97; ASTON MARTIN RACING; GBR; Aston Martin Vantage V8; Stefan Mücke (DEU) – Darren Turner (GBR)

LM GTE Am Winner:
50: LARBRE COMPETITION; FRA; Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1: Patrick Bomhauser (FRA) – Julien Canal (FRA) – Pedro Lamy (PRT)

The 6 Hours of Shanghai is the grand finale in the newly established FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), an international series launched in 2012 that comprises eight races run on three continents. Inspired by its cornerstone race, Les 24 Heures du Mans, this series represents the highest global level of modern endurance racing. Rolex is proud to support this groundbreaking international trial of team precision, passion and stamina.

2013 FIA WEC SEASON ON THE CALENDAR

A provisional calendar for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has been announced with the intent of bringing Le Mans-type racing and endurance values to audiences and participants around the globe.

Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC, stated that the current economic situation put extra emphasis on attempting to curb costs, particularly when it came to transporting the participating cars around the globe. “This calendar allows us to send the cars by sea freight rather than by air as many times as possible,” said Neveu, “which will help drive down the costs for everyone involved in the FIA WEC.  This is very important for the long term future of the championship and I’m confident that this calendar will allows us to attract more teams and more drivers to the World Endurance Championship next season.”

The 2013 championship is slated to include eight races in eight different countries, with the full season set to run from April – November 2013. The series, which will travel over three continents and which is centred around Les 24 Heures du Mans, will return to the same countries scheduled in the 2012 season. The only change of venue is a move from Sebring to Austin, Texas, which will host a super endurance race weekend with a race for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) on Saturday and a WEC race on Sunday. “We are pleased to announce the 2013 FIA WEC calendar which will allow us to build on the strong foundation we have laid this season,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO. “Les 24 Heures du Mans will of course remain the cornerstone of the 2013 calendar, while Austin will represent new venues.”

2013 PROVISIONAL FIA WEC CALENDAR

14 April: 6 Hours of Silverstone (GBR) Round 1
04 May: 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) Round 2
22-23 June: 24 Heures du Mans (FRA) Round 3
24 August: 6 Hours of Sao Paulo (BRA) Round 4
22 September: 6 Hours of Austin (USA)* Round 5
20 October: 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN) Round 6
10 November: 6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)* Round 7
30 November: 6 Hours of Bahrain (BAH) Round 8

Photo By: Rolex / Stephan Cooper

Formula 1

INCREDIBLE INDIA!
RED BULL RACING WINS AND EXTENDS LEAD
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER! Start Position: 1st
“All in all, it was a very good race for us and I’m happy with the result. I had a good start, Mark had a better one and it was close in Turn 1, but I had a good exit from Turn 3 and got ahead. I was able to open a gap, which was important. I felt very good on the soft tryes and was competitive, I could have stayed out even longer I think, but at some stage you have to cover. McLaren and Ferrari were quick on the hard tyre today, so it was important to have a gap to them. I saw some sparks at the end from the car, but we saw a lot of cars throwing sparks this weekend, and we joined them. It was a great day for us and an important step.”

FERNANDO ALONSO: “Nothing changed in one race. There are 75 points and we are 13 behind and we know we need to improve. We are not fast enough, especially on Saturday, but we can improve the situation in Abu Dhabi or USA. As we saw with Mark [Webber] with the KERS problem, it can happen to Seb or it can happen to us, so I am optimistic. I think we need to bring some new parts to Abu Dhabi and hopefully improve a little bit the competitiveness of the car and get closer to Red Bulls on Saturday and hopefully Sunday as well. There are three races remaining and the championship is the main target. We need to recover some points. It would be nice to finish in front of Seb there and if we win even better. For that we need to make a step forward as at the moment we are not able to win.” I think Brazil will be quite good and hopefully I am going to be happy. I think it is good news for us seeing that we could fight Red Bull in the race,”

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 2nd
“We had a KERS issue that we had to manage. It’s maybe hard for people watching to know what it affects on the car, its power on the straight obviously, but also managing brake balances and those sort of things. The guys were trying to help me get the KERS to recover and were talking with me on the radio. In addition, when you have a one-stop race, it’s always a chance you have a front-right lock up. As the fronts are very important you need to look after them which can affect the rhythm a little bit, but I tried to stay as cool as possible. Overall, I was pretty happy with how I drove; we should have finished further up the road, but it’s the way it was today.”
Pos Driver Team Time
 1.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           1h31:10.744
 2.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +     9.437
 3.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    13.217
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    13.909
 5.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +    26.266
 6.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    44.674
 7.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +    45.227
 8.  Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes       +    54.998
 9.  Grosjean      Lotus-Renault              +    56.103
10.  Senna         Williams-Renault           +  1:14.975
11.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +  1:21.694
12.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +  1:22.815
13.  Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:26.064
14.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:26.495
15.  Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Maldonado     Williams-Renault           +     1 lap
17.  Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
18.  Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
19.  Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
20.  Glock         Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
21.  Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
22.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    5 laps