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Porsche dominant in WEC Shanghai qualifying

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Saturday 31st October, 2015 - 5:34pm

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Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley combined to clinch pole at the Shanghai round of the WEC

Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley combined to clinch pole at the Shanghai round of the WEC

Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley have combined to supply Porsche with another pole position at the penultimate round of the World Endurance Series in Shanghai.

Sizing up a fourth straight victory, Webber and Hartley set a combined two-lap average of 1:42.719s to rubber stamp their edge ahead of the six hour race.

The #17 Porsche combination of Webber, Hartley and Timo Bernhard took the lead by one point in the drivers standings at the previous round at Fuji and earn a bonus point for the effort.

Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas, who did the qualifying duties in the #18 919 Hybrid will start from second in the machine they will share with Neel Jani after falling 0.76s short.

The #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval was third fastest ahead of the sister #7 machine which was qualified by Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler who along with Andre Lotterer face a tough battle to retake the lead in the driver’s points.

G-Drive landed the top spot in LMP2 qualifying with the Nissan-powered Ligier of Sam Bird and Julien Canal setting a combined average of 1:52.763s.

The #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander clinched pole in the GTE Pro ranks ahead of stablemates Davide Rigon and James Calado.

Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Matias Lauda headed the GTE Am brigade.

 

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