Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley became a world endurance champion for the second time in his career last weekend.
World Endurance Championship
Race 8: Shanghai
The number eight Toyota crew of Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson emerged victorious by over lap ahead of the two Porsches in the penultimate WEC round of 2017. But the outgoing German marque ended the race celebrating, having won both the manufacturer’s title and the overall driver’s championship with the number two car of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley.
The number seven Toyota was leading ahead of the sister car of the eventual winners heading into the final half hour of the race, but any chance of winning the manufacturers title disintegrated as quickly as the punctured tyre of the leaders – which also caused driveshaft and suspension damage resulting in them dropping out of contention, eventually finishing fourth and seven laps down.
Rebellion took LMP2 victory with Bruno Senna, Julien Canal and Nicolas Prost to take the championship lead, beating Signatech Alpine, the sister Rebellion featuring Nelson Piquet Jnr and the Le Mans-winning Jackie Chan DC Racing car, while GTE Pro victory went to the British pairing of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell for Ford. GTE Am was dominated by Aston Martin with Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana.
Race 34: Texas
Kevin Harvick bagged himself a place in the season-ending championship shoot-out by winning for Haas at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Next weekend’s racing
The following series are in action next weekend:
- NASCAR Cup race 35: Phoenix
- World Rallycross Championship race 12: South Africa
Thanks to Robert Mathershaw (@mathers) for contributing to this article.
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