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WEC: Consistent Toyota earns Silverstone pole

Alex Wurz, Kazuki Nakajima and Stephane Sarrazin give Toyota the edge in qualifying for the 2014 Silverstonen 6 Hours endurance race.
Greater consistency would see Toyota sneak the edge over Audi and Porsche during qualifying for the 2014 World Endurance Championship opener, the Silverstone 6 Hours

Benefitting from a new qualifying format for the 2014 WEC season, the No.7 TS040 Hybrid of Kazuki Nakajima, Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin would grab pole position despite playing second fiddle to Audi in terms of quickest lap times.

Indeed, in an attempt to greater reflect the team effort of the WEC, a new format that takes into account the two fastest times from two nominated drivers, which are then turned into one average lap time, ensuring the greater consistency of the No.7 Toyota would instead see it granted pole position.

An impressive performance from the Japanese firm when it mattered, Austrian driver Wurz admits he was surprised to notch up pole position having focused more on its race pace, rather than qualifying.

“I am bit surprised with pole but we knew it was going to be close. The reason I am surprised is not that I didn't believe in our performance, but we had a lot of discussion and debate about the set-up.

“Obviously our decision turned out to be a good one and worked really well. Kazuki's lap was great; he was really on it. We worked hard to make the car consistent and so far it has paid off. But the focus is fully on the race because that is where the points are.”

Tagged as: Silverstone , Wurz , WEC

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