Nurburgring WEC: Porsche 2015 pole streak continues in qualifying

Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas claimed pole position for Sunday's Nurburgring round of the World Endurance Championship as Porsche blocked out the front row.

Nurburgring WEC: Porsche 2015 pole streak continues in qualifying

Lieb was the fastest of the first batch of drivers in the aggregate session with a single flying lap of 1m36.192s aboard the #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid and then Dumas needed two quick laps to get down to a 1m36.755s.

Timo Bernhard trailed team-mate Lieb by two tenths, but Mark Webber managed a 1m36.693s to close the eventual gap to their sister car to just 0.069s.

Dumas said: "Porsche has brought the new high-downforce car here, so we are lot better and a lot quicker than we were in testing here [at the end of July].

"In my first lap I got a P2 car, but I was able to do one more quick lap, which was enough."

The best of the Audi R18 e-tron quattros, the #8 car qualified by Oliver Jarvis and Lucas di Grassi, ended up almost exactly a second down on the pole mark with a 1m37.476s average.

That was three tenths up on the #7 Audi qualified by Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer.

The best of the Toyota TS040 Hybrids driven by Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson ended up on a 1m38.689s in fifth position.

Nick Tandy produced the fastest lap in LMP2 to put the KCMG ORECA-Nissan 05 he shared with Matt Howson ahead of the best of the G-Drive Ligier-Nissan JSP2s shared by Julien Canal and Sam Bird.

Tandy's 1m45.457s gave the ORECA an average of 1m46.132s, which left it more than three tenths up on the Ligier.

Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander claimed the GTE Pro pole aboard their AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia.

Their average of 1m54.275s put them half a tenth up on team-mates Davide Rigon and James Calado.

The fastest lap time in GTE Pro was set by Marco Sorensen on a 1m53.964s, whose Aston Martin Vantage GTE ended up third on aggregate after a 1m55.032s from Christoffer Nygaard.

Viktor Shaitar and Aleksey Basov took pole in GTE Am in their AF-run SMP Racing Ferrari.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m36.473s -
2 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m36.542s 0.069s
3 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m37.476s 1.003s
4 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m37.783s 1.310s
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 1m38.689s 2.216s
6 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 1m39.371s 2.898s
7 LMP1 N.Prost, M.Beche, N.Heidfeld Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m42.513s 6.040s
8 LMP1 A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, D.Abt Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m42.985s 6.512s
9 LMP1 S.Trummer, P.Kaffer Team ByKolles CLM/AER 1m44.886s 8.413s
10 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Tandy KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m46.132s 9.659s
11 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.Bird G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m46.505s 10.032s
12 LMP2 N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, V.Capillaire Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m47.174s 10.701s
13 LMP2 G.Yacaman, P.Derani, R.Gonzalez G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m47.179s 10.706s
14 LMP2 P.Ragues, O.Webb, A.Hamilton Team SARD Morand Morgan/SARD 1m47.572s 11.099s
15 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m48.250s 11.777s
16 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.H.Hansson Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m48.342s 11.869s
17 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m50.594s 14.121s
18 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 1m54.275s 17.802s
19 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 1m54.330s 17.857s
20 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, C.Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m54.498s 18.025s
21 GTE Pro P.Pilet, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 1m54.688s 18.215s
22 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 1m54.729s 18.256s
23 GTE Pro F.Rees, A.MacDowall, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m54.933s 18.460s
24 GTE Pro D.Turner, S.Mucke, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m55.387s 18.914s
25 GTE Am V.Shaytar, A.Bertolini, A.Basov SMP Racing Ferrari 1m56.528s 20.055s
26 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m57.060s 20.587s
27 GTE Am P.Dempsey, P.Long, M.Seefried Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 1m57.232s 20.759s
28 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 1m57.246s 20.773s
29 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Al Qubaisi, E.Bamber Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 1m57.563s 21.090s
30 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, K.Poulsen Larbre Competition Chevrolet 1m57.647s 21.174s
31 GTE Am F.Castellacci, R.Goethe, S.Hall Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.993s 23.520s


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