Brazilian Bruno Senna, American Gustavo Menezes and Frenchman Norman Nato, who were in pole position, won on Sunday with the No. 1 Rebellion, a non-hybrid vehicle, the 4 Hours of Shanghai, third round of the WEC, the World Championship. endurance world. This is the second time that the Swiss team has won in one stage of the Championship, after its victory last season at 6 hours of Silverstone (but after disqualification of Toyota).
Senna, Menezes and Nato completed the 125 laps of the circuit, more than a minute ahead of Sebastien Buemi's No. 8 Toyota, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley. The latter placed fifth in qualifying on Saturday.
The pole achieved by the Rebellion No. 1 was historic. This was the first successful non-hybrid vehicle since 2012 and the arrival of this technology in the WEC. The Toyota, the only stable to own hybrid vehicles, had been forced to go through the "Handicap Success", that is to say a triple handicap of weight, power and use of fuel.
The "Handicap Success" was introduced for the 2019-2020 season, in order to promote the suspense and give a chance to private teams in the premier category, the LMP1, against Toyota, the only manufacturer competing.
1. Senna – Menezes – Nato (BRE – USA – FRA) (Rebellion), 125 rounds
2. Buemi – Nakajima – Hartley (SUI – JAP – NZL) (Toyota), at 1'06''984
3. Conway – Kobayashi – Lopez (GBR – JAP – ESP) (Toyota), one round