Porsche takes WEC manufacturers’ title as no. 1 crew wins in Shanghai

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Porsche wrapped up its second straight FIA World Endurance Championship manufacturers’ title by taking a confident victory in Sunday’s 6 Hours of Shanghai in China.

Defending world champions Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard shared the no. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid en route to their fourth win in five races, enjoying a victory margin of almost a minute over the no. 6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid come the checkered flag.

Coming off the back of its victory in Japan, Toyota continued its impressive form by running Porsche close for victory, only for the no. 6 crew’s hopes of a win dashed by two punctures despite a superior tire and fuel strategy.

The win for Webber and co. saw Porsche move into an unassailable lead at the top of the manufacturers’ championship ahead of the final race of the season in Bahrain in two weeks’ time, with the sister no.2 car coming home in fourth place behind the no. 5 Toyota.

Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani had been hoping to wrap up their maiden WEC drivers’ championship in Shanghai, but a fourth-place finish means the title battle will go to the final race of the year thanks to Toyota’s result.

Audi’s penultimate race in the WEC was one to forget as its pair of R18s made contact mid-race, leaving both with damage. The no. 8 car ultimately finished fifth, three laps down on the race-winning Porsche, while the no. 7 was classified sixth.

In LMP2, Signatech Alpine wrapped up the class title with one race to spare, marking a first major championship for American racer Gustavo Menezes.

Alongside Stephane Richelmi and Nicolas Lapierre, Menezes took the no. 36 Alpine-Nissan to fourth place in Shanghai as G-Drive Racing picked up its second straight victory with its no. 26 Oreca-Nissan, shared by Roman Rusinov, Will Stevens and Alex Brundle.

GTE Pro saw Ford Chip Ganassi Racing convert its dominant qualifying performance into a one-two finish in the race as Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell scored their second straight win.

The no. 67 Ford GT finished 50 seconds clear of the sister no. 66 car, shared by Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla, while the no. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 raced by Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado was third amid ongoing grumblings about Balance of Performance tweaks over the weekend.

Aston Martin Racing racked up its fifth GTE Am win of the year as the no. 98 trio of Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana won the class by 51 seconds. The championship-leading no. 83 AF Corse crew finishing third, meaning the fight for the title will continue in Bahrain as AMR looks to bridge the 22-point gap.

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”