Porsche take back-to-back poles

November 14, 2014

Porsche take back-to-back poles

November 14, 2014

AUTO - WEC 6 HOURS OF BAHRAIN 2014After scoring pole in a complete dead heat with Toyota in Shanghai, the No. 14 Porsche continued its Bahrain dominance with pole today for this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round.

Neel Jani had topped two of the three practice sessions in Bahrain and he teamed with Romain Dumas to clinch the pole in qualifying – Porsche’s third of 2014

Championship leaders Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi were second fastest ahead of the second Porsche of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley.

Audi has endured a nightmare week in Bahrain – initially having to replace two chassis after discovering damage to the tubs after the Shanghai race. The No.1 Audi then had to receive another new tub and missed qualifying. That made for three complete car builds for the Audi crew this week.

The newly built No.1 car will enter Saturday’s race without having turned a lap and will be forced to start from the rear of the grid.

”This was a good one. It was a perfect qualifying again, as we are getting used to having,” Dumas said.

“But this time for most of the laps we have been quickest overall, which is a really good sign and clearly shows our improvement. So far it looks great. Now we have to do a clean race.”

Porsche has yet to taste victory in their comeback year in LM P1 but the team has looked very strong throughout the Bahrain preparations.

“My first flying lap on fresh tires was really okay. I didn’t expect 1:41.897 minutes was possible here,” Jani said.

“The car felt good in qualifying, but I think we are also well prepared for the race. Let’s see if we can put a bit more pressure on our competitors this time. We are fighting for a podium finish – if we could squeeze out a bit more, it would be even nicer. We have really put a lot of effort into tyre management to use them better and for longer in the races.”

The Ligier-Nissan of Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla took LMP2 honours for G Drive Racing by seven tenths from the SMP Racing ORECA-Nissan 03R shared by Nicolas Minassian and Maurizio Mediani.

Aston Martin dominated in GTE-Pro and AM. Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke fastest in the pro class while Aston went 1-2 in AM.


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