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The #14 Porsche of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas has taken pole position for the sixth round of World Endurance Championship in China after being given the nod in a dead heat with the #8 Toyota
An unusual occurrence in any championship, the fact Porsche and Toyota would tie on a lap time of 1min 48.300secs is made all the more unlikely by the WEC's format of averaging the four best laps across two drivers in each team.
Jani and Dumas set the benchmark early in the session, so when Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi attempted to better it later on, they would end up on level-pegging. However, with the Swiss-German duo setting the time first, it is Porsche that has taken the pole position, it second of the year after Spa.
The strongest qualifying session of the season for the 919 Hybrid, the #20 car of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard was third quickest, with the #7 Toyota of Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima completing the second row.
Under pressure to claw back ground on Toyota this weekend, Audi will start from the third row in fifth and sixth, the #1 car of Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi ahead of the sister #2 car. In the LMP1-L class, Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld and Mathias Beche will start from pole position.
In LMP2, the G-Drive Ligier continued to dominate in qualifying, with Roman Rusinov, Julian Canal and Olivier Pla ending the session more than a second clear of the #47 KCMG machine and the two SMP Oreca-Nissans
In the LMGTE Pro class, Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke start on pole position for Aston Martin, ahead of the two factory Porsches, while the championship leading AF Corse Ferrari Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruni gets underway in fourth.