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Bahrain WEC: Jani, Dumas give Porsche third pole of 2014

Neel Jani and Romain Dumas claimed a third pole position of the 2014 World Endurance Championship for Porsche in Bahrain

Jani and Dumas followed up on their pole two weeks ago at Shanghai aboard the #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid by pipping the Toyota of Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi.

The Porsche drivers' four-lap average of 1m43.145s put them 0.265 seconds up on the championship leading duo's Toyota TS040 HYBRID.

Jani, who set the fastest lap of the session with a 1m41.987s, said: "I was a little bit surprised myself to see a 1m41s, but the car felt really good.

"We have been improving the car session to session and everything came together, the braking and the handling."

The #20 qualified by Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley ended up third, more than a second behind their team-mates on the averages.

Fourth went to the second Toyota shared by Alex Wurz and Mike Conway, while the only Audi R18 e-tron quattro was fifth in the hands of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler with an average 2.4s away from the pole.

The #1 Audi was undergoing a rebuild around a new monocoque after chassis damage was diagnosed following yesterday evening's night practice session.

G-Drive duo Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla took LMP2 honours in their Ligier-Nissan JSP2 by seven tenths from the SMP Racing ORECA-Nissan 03R shared by Nicolas Minassian and Maurizio Mediani.

Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner claimed qualifying honours in GTE Pro aboard the lead Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

Their four-lap average eclipsed that of AF Corse Ferrari drivers Gianmaria Bruni, who ended up with the fastest lap of the session, and Toni Vilander by 0.270s.

The Ferrari drivers' nearest challenger in the GT title race, Frederic Makowiecki, ended up only eighth, behind the top two in GTE Am, aboard the factory Manthey Porsche 911 RSR he shares with Patrick Pilet.

Aston Martin Racing was one-two in GTE Am, Nicki Thiim and Kristian Poulsen beating Pedro Lamy and Christoffer Nygaard by just over a tenth.

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time
1 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m43.145s
2 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi Toyota Racing Toyota 1m43.410s
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m44.191s
4 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 1m44.260s
5 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m45.599s
6 LMP1 N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 1m47.047s
7 LMP1 D.Kraihamer, A.Belicchi, F.Leimer Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 1m47.705s
8 LMP2 R.Rusinov, O.Pla, J.Canal G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m50.236s
9 LMP2 S.Zlobin, N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 1m50.939s
10 LMP2 K.Ladygin, V.Shaytar, A.Ladygin SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 1m51.019s
11 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, A.Imperatori KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m51.375s
12 LMP1 P.Kaffer, S.Trummer, N.Berthon Lotus Lotus/AER 1m51.412s
13 LMP2 M.Patterson, K.Ihara, D.Cheng Oak Racing Morgan/Judd 1m54.304s
14 GTE Pro D.Turner, S.Mucke Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m58.805s
15 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 1m59.075s
16 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 1m59.226s
17 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, F.Rees, A.Al Faisal Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.377s
18 GTE Pro J.Bergmeister, R.Lietz Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 1m59.541s
19 GTE Am K.Poulsen, D.H.Hansson, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.589s
20 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, C.Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.721s
21 GTE Pro F.Makowiecki, P.Pilet Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 1m59.772s
22 GTE Am A.Talkanitsa Jr., A.P.Guidi, J.Segal AF Corse Ferrari 2m00.068s
23 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, M.Cressoni 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari 2m00.218s
24 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.Vaxiviere Prospeed Competition Porsche 2m00.713s
25 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Bachler, K.Al Qubaisi Proton Competition Porsche 2m01.131s
26 GTE Am S.Wyatt, M.Rugolo, A.Bertolini AF Corse Ferrari 2m00.928s


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