Shanghai WEC: Webber, Hartley Claim Second Straight Pole

Porsche LMP1 drivers Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley put in a masterful qualifying display to take pole position for the Shanghai round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The duo’s average of 1:42.719s was seven tenths quicker than the second placed Porsche, driven by Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb.

Audi Sport Team Joest qualified third and fourth using a solitary set of Michelin tyres, with the #8 car of Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi ending up 1.481s off the pace and the #7 machine of Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler a further four tenths back.

The result gives Webber, Hartley and Timo Bernhard an extra point to add to their tally, extending their lead in the drivers’ championship over the #7 Audi squad to two points.

Toyota will start fifth and sixth, with the #1 car of Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi recording a 1:45.776s average to go 0.186s clear of the sister #2 car, driven by Mike Conway and Alex Wurz.

LMP2 Pole, Car #26 / G-DRIVE RACING (RUS) / Ligier JS P2 - Nissan / Roman Rusinov (RUS) / Julien Canal (FRA) / Sam Bird (GBR)- 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai International Circuit - Shanghai - China
#26 G-Drive took its third successive pole (Credit: Nick Dungan/Adrenal Media)

LMP2 pole position went to the championship-leading #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 of Sam Bird and Julien Canal, who set an average of 1:52.763s to eclipse the rival KCMG ORECA 05 by half a second. The KCMG duo of Matt Howson and Nick Tandy managed to prevent a G-Drive lockout of the front row, out-qualifying the sister #28 car by less than a tenth, but surrendered a point to 

Ferrari continued its free practice form to claim a 1-2 in the LMGTE Pro category with its two AF Corse-entered 458 Italias. The Fuji-winning #51 car of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander topped the pile, recording an average of 2:02.043s compared to James Calado and Davide Rigon’s 2:02.508s effort in the #71 car.

The #99 Aston Martin Vantage will start third, ahead of the two Manthey-entered works Porsche 911 RSRs.

In LMGTE Am it was Aston Martin’s turn to do the double, as the #98 and #96 pairings locked out the front row with a string of quick laps. Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana put the #98 machine on pole for the first time since Le Mans, setting a 2:04.728s benchmark. Francesco Castellacci and Stuart Hall were a tenth off the pace, while the Larbre Competition Corvette, which topped the time sheets during free practice, qualified a further 0.016s back.

The penultimate round of the FIA WEC season will get underway tomorrow morning at 11:00 local time (03:00 UK).

FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai Qualifying Result

1LMP117Porsche TeamPorsche 919 Hybrid1:42.719-
2LMP118Porsche TeamPorsche 919 Hybrid1:43.488+0.769
3LMP18Audi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 e-tron quattro1:44.200+1.481
4LMP17Audi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 e-tron quattro1:44.645+1.926
5LMP11Toyota RacingToyota TS040 Hybrid1:45.776+3.057
6LMP12Toyota RacingToyota TS040 Hybrid1:45.962+3.243
7LMP113Rebellion RacingRebellion R-One AER1:49.418+6.699
8LMP112Rebellion RacingRebellion R-One AER1:50.942+8.223
9LMP14Team ByKollesCLM P1/01 AER1:52.069+9.350
10LMP226G-Drive RacingLigier JS P2 Nissan1:52.763+10.044
11LMP247KCMGORECA 05 Nissan1:53.345+10.626
12LMP228G-Drive RacingLigier JS P2 Nissan1:53.390+10.671
13LMP243Team SARD MorandMorgan Evo-SARD1:53.600+10.881
14LMP236Signatech AlpineAlpine A450b Nissan1:53.747+11.028
15LMP230Extreme Speed MotorsportsLigier JS P2 HPD1:54.775+12.056
16LMP242Strakka RacingGibson 015S Nissan1:55.205+12.486
17LMP229Pegasus RacingMorgan Nissan1:56.624+13.905
18LMP231Extreme Speed MotorsportsLigier JS P2 HPD1:57.432+14.713
19LMGTE Pro51AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia2:02.243+19.524
20LMGTE Pro71AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia2:02.508+19.789
21LMGTE Pro99Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage V82:02.540+19.821
22LMGTE Pro92Porsche Team MantheyPorsche 911 RSR2:03.048+20.329
23LMGTE ProPorsche Team MantheyPorsche 911 RSR2:03.352+20.633
24LMGTE Pro97Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage V82:03.393+20.674
25LMGTE Am98Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage V82:04.728+22.009
26LMGTE Am96Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage V82:04.858+22.139
27LMGTE Am50Larbre CompetitionChevrolet Corvette C7.R2:04.874+22.155
28LMGTE Am83AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia2:05.455+22.736
29LMGTE Am72SMP RacingFerrari 458 Italia2:05.556+22.837
30LMGTE Am77Dempsey Proton RacingPorsche 911 RSR2:06.196+23.477
31LMGTE Am88Abu Dhabi Proton RacingPorsche 911 RSR2:11.851+29.132