Toyota have overcome the challenge from Rebellion Racing for Pole Position, ahead of the 5th round of the WEC Super Season, with the #7 car leading the way on Saturday in Shanghai.
The #7 car driven by Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway secured pole, with a combined average lap time of 1:42.931s. Kamui Kobayashi was the quickest driver of all, with 1:42.708s lap time.
Sister Toyota #8 driven by Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima was 2nd fastest, losing 0.228s on the average lap time. The Spaniard was the faster driver, with a 1:43.159s lap time.
Privateer car #1 of Rebellion Racing driven by André Lotterer and Bruno Senna was the closest challenger of the Toyota Hybrids, losing only 0.287s to the pole sitting #7 car.
“Overall it was a positive qualifying result for the team, to be first and second on the grid again. But the competition is getting very tight from the non-hybrid cars.
“As well as our qualifying boost we also needed to use new tyres for every run to stay ahead. So it will be a difficult race, especially as we are expecting rain.”
It will be all to play for in tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Shanghai, as rain is expected for the race. Race start at 4:00 CET!
|6 Hours of Shanghai LMP1 Qualifying Results|