WEC Shanghai: Toyota beats Porsche to season's penultimate pole

Toyota claimed its first World Endurance Championship pole position in four races ahead of this weekend's penultimate round of the 2017 season at Shanghai

WEC Shanghai: Toyota beats Porsche to season's penultimate pole

The #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID came from behind the two Porsches courtesy of the fastest lap of the session from Kamui Kobayashi during the second runs.

His team-mate Mike Conway had trailed Nick Tandy and Brendon Hartley in the two 919 Hybrids after the first runs.

But Kobayashi's 1m42.526s, which eclipsed Tandy's best from the first runs by fourth tenths, leapfrogged the Toyota ahead of the two German cars to give Toyota its first WEC pole since the Nurburgring round in July.

Conway and Kobayashi ended up on a 1m42.832s average, more than four tenths up on Tandy and Lotterer's 1m43.272s.

Kobayashi said: "The lap was not perfect, actually. I never had new tyres up to qualifying and it was quite difficult to adjust."

Conway added: "We've topped every session so far, so we rolled out with a good car.

"I felt I left a couple of tenths on the table, so I was expecting Kamui to go out and go quicker."

Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson took third spot in the #8 Toyota on 1m43.445s.

Hartley and Earl Bamber ended up fourth just four hundredths behind in the second Porsche after the latter spun on his flying lap due to the detriment of his tyres on his warm-up lap.

LMP2 pole went to Bruno Senna and Julien Canal in the best of the Rebellion ORECA-Gibson 07s.

Senna posted the fastest P2 lap of a session with a 1m48.509s, which Canal followed up on with a 1m49.926s to give the car a 1m49.217s average.

That put them just over two seconds up on the G-Drive ORECA qualified by P2 debutant Nico Muller and Leo Roussel.

The second Rebellion car driven by Nelson Piquet Jr and David Heinemeier Hansson was third, while the championship-leading Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA ended up fourth in the hands of Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent.

Reigning champions Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim took a first GTE Pro pole of 2017 in their Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

Sorensen had trailed Michael Christensen in the best of the factory Porsche 911 RSRs after the first runs, but Thiim went seven tenth faster than Kevin Estre to overhaul the German car.

The Danish duo ended up on 1m59.697s average, which put them just over two tenths up on the Porsche pair's 1m59.916s.

James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi were three tenths behind on aggregate in their AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE.

The two Ganassi Ford GTs ended up in fourth and fifth position.

Harry Tincknell stayed out for a second lap in the #67 car he shares with Andy Priaulx to move ahead of Olivier Pla and Stefan Mucke.

Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana took a sixth pole of the year aboard their Aston Martin in GTE AM.

The one point on offer moved them and team-mate Mathias Lauda into the joint points lead with the Dempsey-Proton Porsche trio Matteo Cairoli, Marvin Dienst and Christian Ried.

Qualifying results

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m42.832s
2 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.Tandy Porsche LMP Team Porsche 0.440s
3 LMP1 S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.613s
4 LMP1 T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.Hartley Porsche LMP Team Porsche 0.665s
5 LMP2 J.Canal, N.Prost, B.Senna Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 6.385s
6 LMP2 R.Rusinov, L.Roussel, N.Muller G-Drive Racing ORECA/Gibson 6.640s
7 LMP2 M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr. Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 6.862s
8 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 6.911s
9 LMP2 N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.Negrao Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 7.051s
10 LMP2 M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.Vergne CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 7.585s
11 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.Petrov CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 7.895s
12 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.Collard TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.245s
13 LMP2 D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.Gommendy Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.339s
14 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 16.865s
15 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 17.084s
16 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 17.415s
17 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 17.467s
18 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 17.500s
19 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 17.922s
20 GTE Pro R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 17.951s
21 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 18.309s
22 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 19.525s
23 GTE Am C.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.Dienst Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 19.933s
24 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.Molina Spirit of Race Ferrari 20.230s
25 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 20.663s
26 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, B.Barker, N.Foster Gulf Racing Porsche 34.205s


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