Rebellion Racing has emerged in prime position as the 4 Hours of Shanghai reaches the halfway mark.
Gustavo Menezes holds a 34-second lead over the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Brendon Hartley, with the No. 7 Toyota running in third.
The American driver powered by Sebastien Buemi for the lead at the 1 hour and 15-minute mark before quickly bridging out a gap over the pair of LMP1 hybrids.
It came after the No. 7 Toyota, as well as both of the Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AERs, were forced to serve drive-through penalties for jumping the start, handing an advantage to the No. 1 Rebellion and No. 8 Toyota.
An overshot in pit lane by Charlie Robertson, who led most of the opening hour, resulted in a lengthy stop for the No. 6 Ginetta and has put it one lap down in fifth, with the sister entry of Jordan King in fourth.
While having dominated the opening hour, both Ginettas have faded largely due to slower pit stops than the LMP1 competition.
LMP2 continues to be led by the No. 38 JOTA Oreca 07 Gibson, now in the hands of Roberto Gonzalez, who is six seconds ahead of Ho-Pin Tung in the sister JOTA-run Jackie Chan DC Racing entry.
Aston Martin Racing’s Maro Sorensen continues to pace GTE-Pro, while the No. 54 AF Corse Ferrari of Francesco Castellacci is out front in GTE-Am, although is due a pit stop.