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WEC: Webber and Hartley maintains perfect Porsche pole record

Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley combined perfectly to grab pole position for the Shanghai 6 Hours to maintain Porsche's perfect qualifying record
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Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley combined perfectly to grab pole position for the Shanghai 6 Hours to maintain Porsche's perfect qualifying record in 2015.

The #17 Porsche charged to the top of the timesheet with Hartley at the wheel to set the fastest lap of the day and Webber sealed the deal to give the World Endurance Championship leaders yet another pole position.

Despite requiring an engine change just before the session stared the #18 Porsche driven by Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas carved its way to the front row alongside its sister car while Audi could manage third and fourth after both hitting traffic on flying laps.

The #7 Audi and main WEC title challenger to Webber, Hartley and Bernhard starts directly behind them in third with the sister Audi in fourth. Toyota once again struggle for single lap pace against the German manufacturers and lines up fifth and sixth respectively, while the LMP1 privateer category is headed by the #12 Rebellion Racing R-One-AER driven by Dominik Kraihamer and Alexander Imperatori.

LMP2 pole position went to Sam Bird and Julien Canal in the #26 G-Drive Ligier-Nissan for the third consecutive race despite Canal suffering an off in the final free practice session which put the team on the backfoot.

In the GTE Pro class the AF Corse Ferrari squad took a 1-2 in qualifying with defending WEC champions Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander grabbing their second pole position of the year ahead of the #51 Ferrari of James Calado and Davide Rigon by just 0.265s.

Aston Martin were able to express its joy in the GTE Am category as the #98 Vantage of Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy claimed pole position and will be joined on the class front row by its sister #96 Aston Martin of Stuart Hall and Liam Griffin.


Tagged as: Webber , Audi , Porsche , Shanghai , WEC

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