Porsche Pole at WEC Nurburgring

Track action (Melissa Warren)

Track action (Melissa Warren)The two Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 racers will start from the front row for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring.

Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb shared the qualifying driving duties to register a best two lap average of 1m36.473s in the No 18 Porsche 919 Hybrid. This eclipsed the second Porsche 919 Hybrid entry, driven by Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard, by just 0.069s.

Dumas started and finished the qualifying session, setting the fastest outright lap of qualifying with a 1m36.192s. It sealed the second consecutive pole position for the No.18 Porsche 919 Hybrid and ensured that Team Porsche keep its 100% pole record so far in 2015.

Audi Sport Team Joest start the race from the second row as the No.8 Audi R18 etron quattro driven by Oliver Jarvis and Lucas Di Grassi lapped at a best average of 1m37.476s. This was just over 0.3s faster than the No.7 Audi R18 etron quattro driven by Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer.

The pair of Toyota TS040 LMP1 cars will start the race from fifth and sixth, with the No.1 TS040 ahead of the No.2 sister car. Toyota Racing, which is based less than an hour away in Cologne at the Toyota Motorsport GmbH headquarters, will be aiming for its first podium position since Silverstone.

Track action (Melissa Warren)Rebellion Racing led the way as LMP1 privateers with the No 12 Rebellion R-One AER beating the No 13 by just under half a second.

LMP2 saw a familiar battle, between the No.26 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan driven by Julien Canal and Sam Bird and the Nick Tandy and Matt Howson crewed No.47 KCMG ORECA 05-Nissan.

Bird and Tandy fought furiously, trading quick laps in the final part of the session. Ultimately, the spectacular Tandy set the quicker laps and combined with Howson’s earlier effort the average of 1m46.132s was enough for the team’s second consecutive pole position in the WEC.

Rounding out the top three in LMP2 was the Signatech Alpine A450B-Nissan, with Vincent Capillaire and Neslon Panciatici to provide their best qualifying performance of the year so far.

It was all smiles at Ferrari as the Italian manufacturer celebrated a 1-2 front row lockout in the LMGTE Pro category and pole position in the LMGTE Am class.

Reigning World GTE Champions Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander took their first pole of 2015 in the no51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 with an average time of 1m54.275, just 0.055s ahead of the no71 AF Corse 458 of Davide Rigon and James Calado.

The two Ferraris were two tenths of a second ahead of the no95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Danish duo Christoffer Nygaard and Marco Sorensen, who will be joined on row 2 of the LMGTE grid by the no92 Team Manthey Porsche 911 of Fred Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet.

The rest of the LMGTE Pro grid was made up of the no91 Porsche of Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz, the Austrian having an off-road moment at the final chicane with the no99 Aston Martin Alex MacDowall and Ricjie Stanaway alongside on row 3. The no97 Aston Martin Vantage of Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke will bring up the rear.

In LMGTE Am it was the Ferrari 458 of 24 Hours of Le Mans winners SMP Racing, with Viktor Shaytar and Aleksey Basov claiming pole 0.5 seconds ahead of the no98 of Silverstone and Spa race winners Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy in the no98 Aston Martin Vantage.

Porsche will head row two of the GTE Am grid with the no77 Dempsey Proton Racing of Patrick Dempsey and Patrick Long finishing ahead of the no83 AF Corse Ferrari of French duo Emanuel Collard and Francois Perrodo.

The grid was completed by the no88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche of Earl Bamber and Christian Ried, the no50 Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette of Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda with the no96 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Roald Goethe and Francesco Castellacci completing the grid. By Melissa Warren

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