For Porsche it was a great day today at the Nurburgring as both 919 Hybrid cars lead the qualifications session.
Both Porsche drivers – Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb were the overall fastest in today’s qualifications (an average time of 1:36.473) – Porsche achieving the eight pole position since the automaker started to race last year. The grid positions right next to them was claimed by Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard (1:36.542).
“It was a great qualifying. Marc did a terrific job, but it was a hard battle with our sister car. I had traffic on my first lap, so I had to do another one, which then luckily was enough.
I think all six Porsche drivers are very close together here, the gap is only a few tenths of a second, so the race will be intense,” Romain Dumas said shortly after the race.
“Great day for Porsche with another front row lock out. Especially on such a short circuit this shows the progress we have made with the car. On my first attempt another car got in my way and we organised ourselves to do another lap, which wasn’t planned.
We are in a great shape and, anyway, qualifying is only a small part of the job in endurance racing, “Webber said.
For Audi, once again business as usual if you want, with the N.08 R18 e-tron quattro ahead of the No.07 car.
Lucas di Grassi (BR) managed to set the best single time of an Audi driver (1m 37.413s).
Once again a difficult day for Toyota achieving only fifth and sixth positions, more than two seconds off the pace from the pole-sitting Porsche.
AF Corse have been much better today, biting Aston’s team in the LMGTE Pro category, while in the LMGTE Am class, SMP Racing, with Viktor Shaytar and Aleksey Basov win the pole position for tomorrow’s race.
|3||Lucas di Grassi
|26||Paul Dalla Lana