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LMP1 Success Handicaps Confirmed for Shanghai

Success handicaps confirmed for the third round of the 2019-20 WEC in Shanghai…

Photo: James Moy/Toyota

Both Toyota TS050 Hybrids will be made 2.74 seconds slower per lap for the Shanghai round of the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship, according to the latest round of success ballast updates for the LMP1 class.

The size of the handicap reflects the lead that both Toyotas have over the No. 6 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER, which is the lowest-placed LMP1 car in the standings and therefore the reference for the handicap calculation.

The two Toyota crews are now on an equal footing after taking a victory, a second-place and a pole position each across the first two rounds of the season at Silverstone and Fuji.

At the previous event in Japan, the No. 8 Toyota had a per lap advantage of 0.4s over its sister car, which led to it taking a dominant victory in the race.

Several performance cuts have been made for Shanghai, including the amount of fuel the TS050 Hybrids can burn over a stint and the size of their fuel restrictors.

The second-largest handicap has been given to the No. 1 Rebellion R13 Gibson, which will be made 0.89 seconds slower based on its 16-point gap to the No. 6 Ginetta.

This has been achieved by adding 37 kg to the Rebellion’s minimum weight, bringing it to 862 kg in total.

It means the sole Rebellion and the No. 5 Team LNT Ginetta will be running at almost identical weights, with the second Team LNT car now measuring at 861 kg after being given an extra six kilos.

Only weight increases have been given to the non-hybrid LMP1 runners, with fuel flow allowances, fuel restrictor diameters and other parameters unchanged from the 6 Hours of Fuji.

GTE-Am Success Ballast Weights Confirmed

The heaviest car in the GTE-Am class at Shanghai will be the championship-leading No. 83 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo of Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Nicklas Nielsen.

This entry will be the only car above 1300 kilos, with a total minimum weight of 1310 kg applied following consecutive podiums at Silverstone and Fuji.

The second-heaviest GTE-Am car will be the MR Racing Ferrari at 1280 kg, while the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GTE will be third-heaviest at 1272 kg.

A small Balance of Performance adjustment has also been made to the Aston Martins in both GTE classes, with the Pro and Am Vantages all receiving a slight 1-liter reduction in fuel tank capacity.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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