As from the beginning of the weekend, it was under ideal conditions that the qualifying session of the 4 Hours of Shanghai took place. In clear withdrawal since the first free practice, Toyota said it would be difficult to fight for pole position against Ginetta and Rebellion, because of the performance handicap set up. It is also important to have this one well in mind to hold the keys to this third round of the season.
Success Handicap for Shanghai
|Ginetta # 6||Robertson, Simpson, G. Smith|
|Ginetta # 5||J. King, B. Hanley, E. Orudzhev||+0 "650 turn|
|Rebellion # 1||B. Senna, G. Menezes, N. Nato||+0 "890 turn|
|Toyota # 8||S. Buemi, K. Nakajima, B. Hartley||+2 "740 turn|
|Toyota # 7||Mr. Conway, K. Kobayashi, J. López||+2 "740 turn|
Launched the first of the pack of LMP1, Gustavo Menezes set the tone with a time of 1'46 "006 which, in the first run of each other, was simply the fastest chrono.The American placed well in front of Ginetta relegated to seven tenths and a second, and Toyota entered resistance but unable to confirm their two good first sectors by conceding nearly a full second in the long straight of the third sector.
Taking over from Menezes on the R13, Bruno Senna confirmed Rebellion's lead by doing even better than his teammate in all sectors, finally cutting the line in 1'45 "778 to drive the point with, at the average of the two rounds, an advance taking the air of abyss on The rest of the field, so the pole seemed already unreachable for the competition, and the whole question was how Toyota and Team LNT would distribute the following positions on the grid.
The second run was also agitated for some, with a first failed attempt to Brendon Hartley on the Toyota # 8 and a spin-off for Michael Simpson on the Ginetta # 6. Powerless in straight lines, the TS050 Hybrid must finally resolve to start from the fourth and fifth positions Sunday, ahead of the grid by the two Ginetta, the # 6 in front of # 5. There is no doubt that the first hour of racing will be more interesting than ever tomorrow!
Porsche and Aston with thousand shots
Very fast since the beginning of the weekend, the Cool Racing has signed the pole position in LMP2 with an average time of 1'48 "649 which is only 2" 5 of the pole LMP1. Jackie Chan DC Racing and United Autosports round out the top tierce in this category.
In LMGTE Pro, pole position was played with hundredths, and it is finally Porsche who pocketed the bet with the # 92 of Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre. The two men beat the Aston Martin # 95 by only 18 thousandths, and the other Vantage by 28 thousandths! Behind, the first Ferrari is not far, fourth at 0 "108 from the pole.
The # 56 Team Project 1 Porsche will start in pole position in the LMGTE Am class.
The start of the 4 Hours of Shanghai will be given Sunday morning at 5 am (French time).
4 Hours of Shanghai – LMP Qualification
4 Hours of Shanghai – LMGTE Qualifications