Nurburgring WEC: Audi locks out front row ahead of Porsche

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Nurburgring WEC: Audi locks out front row ahead of Porsche
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Jul 23, 2016, 1:38 PM

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.

#7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18: Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer
#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK Ford GT: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke
#7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18: Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer
#8 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro: Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
#7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18: Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05 - Nissan: Roman Rusinov, Alex Brundle, René Rast
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE: Gianmaria Bruni, James Calado
#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK Ford GT: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke
#6 Toyota Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05 - Nissan: Roman Rusinov, Alex Brundle, René Rast
#7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18: Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley

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:

Cla#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 7  Andre Lotterer 
 Marcel Fassler 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'39.444  
2 8  Lucas di Grassi 
 Loic Duval 
 Oliver Jarvis 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'39.710 0.266
3 1  Mark Webber 
 Timo Bernhard 
 Brendon Hartley 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'39.861 0.417
4 2  Romain Dumas 
 Neel Jani 
 Marc Lieb 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'39.893 0.449
5 6  Stéphane Sarrazin 
 Kamui Kobayashi 
 Mike Conway 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'40.639 1.195
6 5  Anthony Davidson 
 Kazuki Nakajima 
 Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'40.748 1.304
7 13  Alexandre Imperatori 
 Dominik Kraihamer 
 Matheo Tuscher 
Rebellion R-One LMP1 1'46.081 6.637
8 4  Simon Trummer 
 Oliver Webb 
 Pierre Kaffer 
CLM P1/01 LMP1 1'46.907 7.463
9 12  Nick Heidfeld 
 Nicolas Prost 
 Mathias Beche 
Rebellion R-One LMP1 1'47.026 7.582
10 26  Roman Rusinov 
 René Rast 
 Alex Brundle 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'48.984 9.540
11 36  Nicolas Lapierre 
 Gustavo Menezes 
 Stéphane Richelmi 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'49.727 10.283
12 42  Nick Leventis 
 Jonny Kane 
 Lewis Williamson 
Gibson 015S LMP2 1'49.762 10.318
13 43  Bruno Senna 
 Ricardo Gonzalez 
 Filipe Albuquerque 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'50.105 10.661
14 44  Antonio Pizzonia 
 Matthew Howson 
 Tor Graves 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'50.372 10.928
15 27  Maurizio Mediani 
 David Markozov 
 Nicolas Minassian 
BR01 LMP2 1'50.948 11.504
16 31  Pipo Derani 
 Ryan Dalziel 
 Chris Cumming 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'51.194 11.750
17 45  Roberto Merhi 
 Richard Bradley 
 Matthew Rao 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'51.294 11.850
18 37  Vitaly Petrov 
 Viktor Shaytar 
 Kirill Ladygin 
BR01 LMP2 1'51.667 12.223
19 35  Nelson Panciatici 
 Ho-Pin Tung 
 David Cheng 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'52.506 13.062
20 30  Scott Sharp 
 Ed Brown 
 Johannes van Overbeek 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'56.462 17.018

GTE qualifying times:

Cla#DriversCarClassAvg TimeGap
1 95  Marco Sorensen 
 Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 2'01.712  
2 66  Stefan Mücke 
 Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'01.959 0.247
3 97  Darren Turner 
 Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 2'02.220 0.508
4 51  Gianmaria Bruni 
 James Calado 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'02.512 0.800
5 67  Harry Tincknell 
 Andy Priaulx 
 Marino Franchitti 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'03.256 1.544
6 77  Richard Lietz 
 Michael Christensen 
Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE PRO 2'03.681 1.969
7 88  David Heinemeier Hansson
 Patrick Long 
 Khaled Al Qubaisi 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'06.011 4.299
8 78  Christian Ried 
 Wolf Henzler 
 Joel Camathias 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'06.197 4.485
9 98  Pedro Lamy 
 Paul Dalla Lana 
 Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 2'06.372 4.660
10 83  François Perrodo 
 Emmanuel Collard 
 Rui Aguas 
Ferrari F458 Italia LMGTE AM 2'06.589 4.877
11 71  Sam Bird 
 Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'06.745 5.033
12 50  Paolo Ruberti 
 Pierre Ragues 
 Yutaka Yamagishi 
Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE AM 2'09.127 7.415
13 86  Michael Wainwright 
 Adam Carroll 
 Ben Barker 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'09.820 8.108
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