FIA WEC – Everything you need to know about this coming weekend's 4 Hours of Shanghai
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FIA WEC – Everything you need to know about this coming weekend's 4 Hours of Shanghai

The 4 Hours of Shanghai, the third round of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship season, is scheduled for this coming weekend. Here's the most up to date info on the competitors before they head into the free practice sessions.

THE PROGRAMME

The first and second free practice sessions are set for Friday 8 November at 11:00 and 15:30. The third will take place Saturday 9 November at 09:50 before qualifying begins at 14:00 for LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am then at 14:30 for LMP1 and LMP2. The start of the race will be given on Sunday 10 November at 12:00 local time.

A RACE AT HOME FOR JACKIE CHAN DC RACING AND HO-PIN TUNG

Ho-Pin Tung, driver of the #37 ORECA 07-Gibson fielded by Jackie DC Chan Racing: "Last year's race proved that weather conditions are a real challenge at Shanghai. In November, they're pretty unpredictable."

"My favourite memory of Shanghai is definitely our win last year. It's a race at home for our team and it's so great to see Jackie Chan DC Racing flags waving in the grandstands. Every year, we notice our fan base growing and that spectators stay at the race longer and longer."

"The LMP2 class is highly competitive this year and there are a lot of contenders to win. There's also a big battle between the tyre manufacturers, Goodyear and Michelin."

JORDAN KING JOINS TEAM LNT

Jordan King is expected to drive the #8 Ginetta G60-LT-P1-AER fielded by Team LNT, joining forces with Ben Hanley and Egor Orudzhev. King has already participated in three FIA WEC races with Jackie Chan DC Racing. The driver line-up for the #7 Ginetta G60-LT-P1-AER remains the same: Charlie Robertson, Mike Simpson and Guy Smith.

STATS

Since Shanghai began hosting the FIA WEC, 206 cars have taken the start in the race. Only 22 of them have failed to make it to the chequered flag (finish rate of 89.3%). The best result at home for a Chinese driver belongs to Cong Fu Cheng: fourth overall in 2012 at the wheel of Rebellion Racing's Lola B12/60-Toyota. Last year, Jackie Chan DC Racing won the LMP2 class, the first time a Chinese team had triumphed at home. The in-race lap record was established in 2017 by Kamui Kobayashi driving TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's Toyota TS050 Hybrid in 1:42.526.

Click here for the 4 Hours of Shanghai provisional entry list.

For more info on the FIA WEC, go to the official championship website