WEC Shanghai: Porsche tops tight qualifying to take pole position

Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley claimed pole position for Porsche ahead of the Shanghai round of the World Endurance Championship

WEC Shanghai: Porsche tops tight qualifying to take pole position

Hartley set the pace on the first runs with a 1m44.747s aboard the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, only to lose his time for a track limits violation after he had handed over to Webber.

The Australian went quicker with a 1m44.618s, before Hartley had to return to the car.

He set a 1m44.307s, the fastest time of the session, to give the pair a 1m44.462s average.

That put them just 0.060s seconds ahead of the #5 Toyota TS050 HYBRID qualified by Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.

Webber said: "I was told that I only had one lap and had to do the maximum without making a mistake.

"I had one shot and was able to make it stick, and then Brendon completed the job when he got back in the car."

Buemi topped the first-run times after Hartley's lap had been deleted with a 1m44.902s.

Nakajima set a 1m44.677s before Buemi returned to the cockpit to set a 1m44.368s to lower their average to 1m44.522s.

Audi took third with the #8 R18 e-tron quattro qualified by Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval.

Jarvis was another driver to get a second run, his 1m44.420s final lap improving the #8 car's average to 1m44.610s.

The second Toyota was only two tenths behind the Audi in the hands of Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin on a 1m44.810s average.

Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler took fifth in the second Audi with a 1m45.051s average time.

Marc Lieb also lost his first laptime in the #2 Porsche, this time for exceeding the per-lap fuel limit, and he and Neel Jani ended up sixth in the times.

Britons Alex Lynn and Matt Rao took the Manor team's first pole since it joined the LMP2 class at the start of the season.

Rao was fourth after the first runs, before Lynn set the second fastest P2 time of the session to propel the #44 ORECA-Nissan 05 to the top of the order.

The Manor pair's average of 1m54.225s put them 0.157s ahead of the Sigatech Alpine ORECA qualified by Nicolas Lapierre and Gustavo Menezes.

The fastest LMP2 lap of the session was set by Bruno Senna in the RGR Sport Ligier-Nissan JSP2, which ended up fourth in class.

The Ganassi Ford squad took the top two positions in GTE Pro for the second race in a row.

Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell took their first pole of the season ahead of team-mates Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla by 0.137s.

Priaulx beat Mucke by just under two tenths over the first runs and then Tincknell shaded Pla by a tenth to seal the pole with a 2m01.391s average.

Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim were third fastest for ASton Martin Racing a further half second behind.

Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado took fourth in the best of the AF Corse Ferrari team's Ferraris.

GTE Am qualifying honours went to Aston Martin drivers Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana for the fifth time this season.

QUALIFYING RESULT

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m44.462s
2 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.060s
3 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 0.148s
4 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.348s
5 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 0.406s
6 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 0.589s
7 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 5.366s
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 6.823s
9 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, A.Lynn Manor ORECA/Nissan 9.763s
10 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 9.920s
11 LMP2 A.Giovinazzi, T.Blomqvist, S.Gelael Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 9.936s
12 LMP2 R.Rusinov, A.Brundle, W.Stevens G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 10.297s
13 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 10.383s
14 LMP2 T.Graves, R.Gonzalez, M.Beche Manor ORECA/Nissan 10.437s
15 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani, M.Aleshin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 11.292s
16 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 11.967s
17 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 11.977s
18 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, P-L.Chatin Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 12.649s
19 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 16.929s
20 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 17.066s
21 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 17.578s
22 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 17.853s
23 GTE Pro R.Stanaway, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 17.970s
24 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 18.404s
25 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 19.305s
26 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 20.535s
27 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 20.872s
28 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 21.004s
29 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 21.882s
30 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 23.250s
31 GTE Am P.Ragues, R.Taylor, R.Brandela Larbre Competition Chevrolet 23.395s


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