FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai 2nd November 2014 – Blog

We are driven to the circuit every day, its a lot safer I think. We wake to find its is raining and windy. We also tested the air quality and found it to read 130. 100 is the max level.

We get to the circuit to find the rain has stopped and it is brightening up good news.

Its going to be a long day but as there is so much going on, the day goes really quickly. My first job is to photograph the fans who have turned up early.

Wow the Chinese love their motor racing.

Crowds arriving early to the Circuit - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowds arriving early to the Circuit - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowds arriving early to the Circuit - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowds arriving early to the Circuit - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowds arriving early to the Circuit - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowds arriving early to the Circuit - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowds arriving early to the Circuit - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowds arriving early to the Circuit - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

To get to the gate we were able to use the underground tunnel under the massive grandstand, this saved a lot of time.

Next up Autograph Session

Serguey Zlobin (RUS) / Nicolas Minassian (FRA) / Maurizio Mediani (ITA) / Car #27 LMP2 SMP Racing (RUS) Oreca 03-Nissan  Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

AF Corsa Team Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

AF Corsa Team Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Christian Ried (DEU) / Wolf Henzler (DEU) / Khaled Al Qubaisi (ARE) / Car #88 LMGTE AM Proton Competition (DEU) Porsche 911 RSR Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Christian Ried (DEU) / Wolf Henzler (DEU) / Khaled Al Qubaisi (ARE) / Car #88 LMGTE AM Proton Competition (DEU) Porsche 911 RSR Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Kristian Poulsen (DNK) / David Heinemeier Hansson (DNK) / Richie Stanaway (NZL) / Car #95 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Paul Dalla Lana (CAN) / Pedro Lamy (PRT) / Christoffer Nygaard (DNK) / Car #98 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Aston Martin Team Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Matthew Howson (GBR) / Richard Bradley (GBR) / Alexandre Imperatori (CHE) / Car #47 LMP2 KCMG (HKG) Oreca 03-Nissan  Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Audi team Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / Car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing (RUS) Morgan-Nissan Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

David Cheng (USA) / Ho-Pin Tung (NLD) / Mark Patterson (USA) / Car #35 LMP2 OAK RACING (FRA) Morgan - Judd Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Rebellion Racing Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Toyota Team Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Porsche Team Manthey  Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Timo Bernhard (DEU) / Mark Webber (AUS) / Brendon Hartley (NZL) / Car #20 LMP1 Porsche Team (DEU) Porsche 919 Hybrid Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Dominik Kraihamer (AUT) and Nicolas Prost (FRA) Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Rebellion Team Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Timo Bernhard (DEU) and Mark Webber (AUS) Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Mark Webber Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Mark Patterson (USA) and caricature Autograph Session - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

More processing then back out for the Grid Walk and a festive of colour dancing dragons and drummers.

Pierre Fillon President of the ACO and Marie Alvarez-Garzon Vice president of the ACO start of the Grid Walk Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Children pose on grid Wall Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Ambience, Traditional Chinese Dragon, Dancers and Performers. Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Ambience, Traditional Chinese Dragon, Dancers and Performers Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Chinese Dragon dancing grid Walk Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Ambience, Traditional Chinese Dragon, Dancers and Performers Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Ambience, Traditional Chinese Dragon, Dancers and Performers Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Ambience, Traditional Chinese Dragon, Dancers and Performers Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Girl Nicolas Prost (FRA) / Nick Heidfeld (DEU) / Mathias Beche (CHE) / Car #12 LMP1 Rebellion Racing (CHE) Rebellion Toyota R-One Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Nicolas Prost (FRA) / Nick Heidfeld (DEU) / Mathias Beche (CHE) / Car #12 LMP1 Rebellion Racing (CHE) Rebellion Toyota R-One Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Marcel Fassler (CHE) / Andre Lotterer (DEU) / Benoit Treluyer (FRA) / Car #2 LMP1 Audi Sport Team Joest (DEU) Audi R18 e-tron quattro Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Girl Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Walk Timo Bernhard (DEU) / Mark Webber (AUS) / Brendon Hartley (NZL) / Car #20 LMP1 Porsche Team (DEU) Porsche 919 Hybrid Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Girl Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Girl Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Girl Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Ambience, Traditonal Chinese Dragon, Dancers and Performers Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Safety Car Grid Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Safety car Grid Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

View from Shanghai race track Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Grid Walk closes at 10:51 the race starts at 11:00 I need to be at the end of the straight to capture the rolling start and start of the 6 hour race. I tend to leave the grid in time to get my destination.

Race Time

Grid Walk prior to Race Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowds in the stand for the Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

FIA WEC Banner Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / Car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / Car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Michelin Baner Pit Lane Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Nicolas Prost (FRA) / Nick Heidfeld (DEU) / Mathias Beche (CHE) / Car #12 LMP1 Rebellion Racing (CHE) Rebellion Toyota R-One Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

David Cheng (USA) / Ho-Pin Tung (NLD) / Mark Patterson (USA) / Car #35 LMP2 OAK RACING (FRA) Morgan - Judd Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Alexander Wurz (AUT) / Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) / Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) / Car #7 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / Car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

FIA Banner WecRace - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / Car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing (RUS) Morgan-Nissan Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Kristian Poulsen (DNK) / David Heinemeier Hansson (DNK) / Richie Stanaway (NZL) / Car #95 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 and Paul Dalla Lana (CAN) / Pedro Lamy (PRT) / Christoffer Nygaard (DNK) / Car #98 LMGTE AM Aston Martin R

Serguey Zlobin (RUS) / Nicolas Minassian (FRA) / Maurizio Mediani (ITA) / Car #27 LMP2 SMP Racing (RUS) Oreca 03-Nissan  Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Nicolas Prost (FRA) / Nick Heidfeld (DEU) / Mathias Beche (CHE) / Car #12 LMP1 Rebellion Racing (CHE) Rebellion Toyota R-One Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Romain Dumas (FRA) / Neel Jani (CHE) / Marc Lieb (DEU) / Car #14 LMP1 Porsche Team (DEU) Porsche 919 Hybrid  Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Pierre Kaffer (DEU) / Lucas Auer (AUT) / Car #9 LMP1 LOTUS (ROU) Lotus T129 - AER Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Patrick Pilet (DEU) / Frederic Makowiecki (FRA) / Car #92 LMGTE PRO Porsche Team Manthey (DEU) Porsche 911 RSR Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Ed Brown (USA) / Johannes van Overbeek (USA) / David Brabham (GBR) / Car #31 LMP2 EXTREME SPEED MOTORSPORTS (USA) HPD ARX 03B - Honda Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Francois Perrodo (FRA) / Emmanuel Collard (FRA) / Matthieu Vaxiviere (FRA) / Car #75 LMGTE AM Prospeed Competition (BEL) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Kristian Poulsen (DNK) / David Heinemeier Hansson (DNK) / Richie Stanaway (NZL) / Car #95 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8, Alex MacDowall (GBR) / Darryl O'Young (CAN) / Fernando Rees (BRA) / Car #99 LMGTE PRO Aston Martin Racing

Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / Car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing (RUS) Morgan-Nissan Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Patrick Pilet (DEU) / Frederic Makowiecki (FRA) / Car #92 LMGTE PRO Porsche Team Manthey (DEU) Porsche 911 RSR Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Paul Dalla Lana (CAN) / Pedro Lamy (PRT) / Christoffer Nygaard (DNK) / Car #98 LMGTE AM Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Davide Rigon (ITA) / James Calado (GBR) / Car #71 LMGTE PRO AF Corse (ITA) Ferrari F458 Italia Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

We tend to 1 hour before the end of the race to head for the pits to capture the teams and photograph the trophies.

Podium Race Trophies - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Podium Race Trophies - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Podium Trophies Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Capture some cars on the straight

Alex MacDowall (GBR) / Darryl O'Young (CAN) / Fernando Rees (BRA) / Car #99 LMGTE PRO Aston Martin Racing (GBR) Aston Martin Vantage V8 Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Olivier Pla (FRA) / Julien Canal (FRA) / Car #26 LMP2 G-Drive Racing (RUS) Morgan-Nissan Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Audi Pits Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Sun going down in the pit lane Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Shell Logo Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Shell Banner Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Sun going down in the Race Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Sun going down in the Race Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Light trails of a car Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Park Ferme Girls Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / Car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid   Park Ferme Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / Car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  win the Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Romain Dumas (FRA) / Neel Jani (CHE) / Marc Lieb (DEU) / Car #14 LMP1 Porsche Team (DEU) Porsche 919 Hybrid  Park Ferme Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Alexander Wurz (AUT) / Stephane Sarrazin (FRA) / Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) / Car #7 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid Park Ferme Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  celebrates winning the Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Anthony Davidson (GBR) / Sebastien Buemi (CHE) / Car #8 LMP1 Toyota Racing (JPN) Toyota TS 040 - Hybrid  celebrate Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Crowd wait for the drivers Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Park ferme Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

LMP1 podium Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

LMP1 podium celebration Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

LMP1 podium celebration Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Romain Dumas (FRA) / Neel Jani (CHE) / Marc Lieb (DEU) / Car #14 LMP1 Porsche Team (DEU) Porsche 919 Hybrid  podium Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

LMP1-L podium Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

LMP1-L podium Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

LMP2 podium Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Rebellion Racing team pose Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

LMGTE Pro podium Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

LMGTE Am podium Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Press Conference for LMP1-l, LMP2, LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am

Press Conference - LMP1-L, LMP2, LMGTE Pro, LMGTE Am Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Press Conference - LMP1-L, LMP2, LMGTE Pro, LMGTE Am Race - 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China

Well done to Toyota Racing   Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi for winning the 6 hour Shanghai race.

In the morning we drive back to the airport and I take photographs of the surrounding area on my iPhone 5S. It all seems to be high raised buildings, power lines.

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We get to the Pu Dong Airport, Shanghai

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Then land at Heathrow

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Next race Bahrain

Richard Washbrooke Photography

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