Shanghai WEC: Porsche and Toyota tie for pole

Porsche and Toyota were tied at the top of the timesheets after qualifying for Sunday's Shanghai round of the World Endurance Championship

Shanghai WEC: Porsche and Toyota tie for pole

The #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid qualified by Neel Jani and Romain Dumas and the #8 Toyota shared by Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi ended up with an identical four-lap average of 1m48.300s.

The Porsche will start from pole position, however, because it posted its average before the Toyota.

Jani, who set the fastest time of the session with a 1m47.036s, topped the timesheets after the first runs from Porsche team-mate Mark Webber.

Buemi jumped to second ahead of the #20 Porsche, which Brendon Hartley took over from Webber, after two slow laps between his first and second quick laps.

His average at that point was just one hundredth of a second down on the pole-winning Porsche despite a lock-up at the Turn 14 hairpin.

The Swiss then tried again after another slow lap and posted his fastest lap to lower his average and tie with the Porsche.

Jani said: "I thought that kind of thing would be impossible, but we are happy to hang onto the pole after they came from behind to beat the #20 car at Fuji last time out.

"I was watching the Toyota thinking, if only I'd been a bit quicker at this corner or that corner, and then we'd be safe."

Jani believed he could have gone quicker had he had a proper run on new tyres prior to qualifying.

Davidson and Buemi both admitted to mistakes during their qualifying runs.

"The first lap when the tyres were at their best didn't happen for me," explained Davidson.

"That lap was so scruffy, so I felt that I threw away the opportunity to extract the time on the brand new tyres."

Buemi reckoned that he would have done enough to claim the pole without the Turn 14 lock-up.

Webber and Hartley ended up with an average 0.024s behind the top two.

Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima were a further two tenths back in fourth, while the two Audi R18 e-tron quattros again ended up fifth and sixth in the hands of Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi and Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer.

LIGIER AND ASTON TOP CLASSES

The G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan JSP2 claimed LMP2 honours with Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla driving.

Rusinov was just ahead of Alexandre Imperatori in the KCMG ORECA-Nissan 03R after the first runs, before Pla extend the advantage to nearly a full second when he went up against Richard Bradley.

Aston Martin Racing drivers Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner claimed their first pole of the year in GTE Pro.

Turner leapfrogged over the factory Porsche 911 RSR shared by Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki after setting his best time on his third flying lap aboard his Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

GTE Am honours went to the AMR Vantage driven by Pedro Lamy and Christoffer Nygaard.

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time
1 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m48.300s
2 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi Toyota Racing Toyota 1m48.300s
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m48.324s
4 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 1m48.534s
5 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, T.Kristensen Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m49.454s
6 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m50.072s
7 LMP1 N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 1m52.431s
8 LMP1 D.Kraihamer, A.Belicchi, F.Leimer Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 1m53.314s
9 LMP2 R.Rusinov, O.Pla, J.Canal G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m54.327s
10 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, A.Imperatori KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m55.301s
11 LMP2 K.Ladygin, V.Shaytar, A.Ladygin SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 1m56.437s
12 LMP2 S.Zlobin, N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 1m56.539s
13 LMP1 P.Kaffer, L.Auer Lotus/AER 1m56.770s
14 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, D.Brabham Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD 1m56.901s
15 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, R.Gonzalez Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD 1m56.987s
16 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, M.Patterson Oak Racing Morgan/Judd 1m57.365s
17 GTE Pro D.Turner, S.Mucke Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m04.342s
18 GTE Pro F.Makowiecki, P.Pilet Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m04.444s
19 GTE Pro J.Bergmeister, R.Lietz Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m04.599s
20 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.780s
21 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.822s
22 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, D.O'Young, F.Rees Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m04.847s
23 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, C.Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m05.072s
24 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.Vaxiviere Prospeed Competition Porsche 2m05.150s
25 GTE Am K.Poulsen, D.H.Hansson, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m05.203s
26 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, M.Cressoni 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari 2m05.516s
27 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, K.Al Qubaisi Proton Competition Porsche 2m06.188s


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