Nurburgring WEC: Audi locks out front row ahead of Porsche
The #7 Audi of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler will start the WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring from pole position, as the team beat sister marque Porsche to sweep the front row after a strategic battle in mixed conditions.
Lotterer and Fassler, who are competing without usual co-pilot Benoit Treluyer this weekend, set an average time of 1m39.444s to take their second pole position of the season.
It was the sister #8 R18 e-tron quattro of Lucas di Grassi that set the quickest time of the session, a 1m38.777s, but Oliver Jarvis couldn’t match the pace of Lotterer early in the session.
Jarvis, taking over from di Grassi in the final minutes, also suffered a spin at the NGK chicane in the dying stages as he looked to improve his time.
That meant that the average time for the #8 car fell short of the #7 by 0.266s, despite Fassler’s failure to improve on the 1m39.239s set by Lotterer.
Porsche occupies the second row, with the #1 car of Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard setting an average time of 1m39.861s.
Like Jarvis, Webber was caught out at the NGK chicane while on course to set a new fastest time late in the session, misjudging his braking and cutting the corner.
The sister #2 919 Hybrid of Marc Lieb and Neel Jani was fourth fastest, 0.032s back on the #1.
Toyota was unable to keep pace with its German rivals in the mixed conditions, ending up fifth and sixth on the grid.
The fifth-placed #6 TS050 Hybrid of Kamui Kobayashi and Stephane Sarrazin ended up 1.195s down on the best of the Audis, but 0.019s up on the #5 car of Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson.
Rebellion’s #13 car came out on top in the LMP1-L battle, 6.638s off the leading pace.
In LMP2, Rene Rast ensured the #26 G-Drive Oreca he shares with Roman Rusinov and Alex Brundle will start from class pole, Rast and Rusinov setting a combined time of 1m48.985s.
Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi took the #36 Signatech Alpine to second in class, 0.742s behind the G-Drive car and a scant 0.035s clear of the third-placed #42 Strakka Gibson, piloted by Jonny Kane and team newcomer Lewis Williamson.
Aston Martin tops GTE session
The GTE Pro qualifying battle was won by Aston Martin, with the #95 duo of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorenson beating the best of the Fords – the #66 of Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla – by 0.247s.
Thiim left it late to clinch the pole with a best time of 1m59.033s when the track was at its driest, although the quickest time in the session came courtesy of Gianmaria Bruni in the #51 Ferrari.
But, despite Bruni’s late effort of 1m58.548s, combined with James Calado’s time it was only enough for fourth in class, 0.800s off the pace, and behind the #97 Aston Martin.
The sister #71 Ferrari of Sam Bird and Davide Rigon struggled badly on the wrong tyres, and starts last of the GTE Pro cars and behind a number of GTE Am cars.
Topping the Am division was the #88 Porsche of Pat Long and Khaled Al-Qubaisi, who overcame the #78 duo of Wolf Henzler and Joel Camathias by only 0.186s.
LMP qualifying times:
|1||7|| Andre Lotterer |
|2||8|| Lucas di Grassi |
|3||1|| Mark Webber |
|Porsche 919 Hybrid||LMP1||1'39.861||0.417|
|4||2|| Romain Dumas |
|Porsche 919 Hybrid||LMP1||1'39.893||0.449|
|5||6|| Stéphane Sarrazin |
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'40.639||1.195|
|6||5|| Anthony Davidson |
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'40.748||1.304|
|7||13|| Alexandre Imperatori |
|8||4|| Simon Trummer |
|9||12|| Nick Heidfeld |
|10||26|| Roman Rusinov |
|11||36|| Nicolas Lapierre |
|12||42|| Nick Leventis |
|13||43|| Bruno Senna |
|Ligier JS P2||LMP2||1'50.105||10.661|
|14||44|| Antonio Pizzonia |
|15||27|| Maurizio Mediani |
|16||31|| Pipo Derani |
|Ligier JS P2||LMP2||1'51.194||11.750|
|17||45|| Roberto Merhi |
|18||37|| Vitaly Petrov |
|19||35|| Nelson Panciatici |
|20||30|| Scott Sharp |
Johannes van Overbeek
|Ligier JS P2||LMP2||1'56.462||17.018|
GTE qualifying times:
|1||95|| Marco Sorensen |
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||LMGTE PRO||2'01.712|
|2||66|| Stefan Mücke |
|Ford GT||LMGTE PRO||2'01.959||0.247|
|3||97|| Darren Turner |
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||LMGTE PRO||2'02.220||0.508|
|4||51|| Gianmaria Bruni |
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE PRO||2'02.512||0.800|
|5||67|| Harry Tincknell |
|Ford GT||LMGTE PRO||2'03.256||1.544|
|6||77|| Richard Lietz |
|Porsche 911 RSR (2016)||LMGTE PRO||2'03.681||1.969|
|7||88|| David Heinemeier Hansson |
Khaled Al Qubaisi
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'06.011||4.299|
|8||78|| Christian Ried |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'06.197||4.485|
|9||98|| Pedro Lamy |
Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||LMGTE AM||2'06.372||4.660|
|10||83|| François Perrodo |
|Ferrari F458 Italia||LMGTE AM||2'06.589||4.877|
|11||71|| Sam Bird |
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE PRO||2'06.745||5.033|
|12||50|| Paolo Ruberti |
|Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06||LMGTE AM||2'09.127||7.415|
|13||86|| Michael Wainwright |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'09.820||8.108|
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|Drivers||Mark Webber , Andre Lotterer , Gianmaria Bruni , Neel Jani , Olivier Pla , Oliver Jarvis , Kamui Kobayashi , René Rast|