Amazing tie in qualifying in Shanghai

November 1, 2014

Amazing tie in qualifying in Shanghai

November 1, 2014

AUTO - WEC 6 HOURS OF SHANGHAI 2014With two drivers having to record times in qualifying in each car, the chances of the four-lap average times for two cars to be tied for pole are pretty remote – or so we thought!

Porsche’s Romain Dumas and Neel Jani and Toyota’s Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi each recorded average time of 1:48.300. The Porsche will start from pole having recorded their times earlier in the 25 minute session.

AUTO - WEC 6 HOURS OF SHANGHAI 2014So how does it work – you take each driver’s fastest time in the session and divide by two. Amazingly, the time for the Porsche and the Toyota were identical down to the 1/1000th of a second.

The result was Porsche’s second pole of the year and their first in dry conditions. Porsche and Toyota will line up side-by-side on the first two rows with Audi only able to record the fifth and sixth fastest times.

“I am super happy!” Jani said.

“Especially when considering the circumstances which led to this lap time. We’ve had a difficult Friday and then yellow flags in the third session this morning – before qualifying I didn’t do a single clear lap on new tires.

“But, nevertheless, the team managed to improve the car every session. Tomorrow’s race is gonna be a different story, but for today we can be really happy.”

G-Drive Racing took the LM P2 pole with their Nissan-powered Ligier. After showing strong pace in practice yesterday, the US-based Extreme Speed Motorsports could only manage fifth and sixth in qualifying.

Aston Martin led the way in GTE-Pro with Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke while the lead GTE-Am Aston also scored the top spot.

The Six Hours of Shanghai kicks off at 11am local time tomorrow – 11pm US Eastern time tonight.


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