WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Qualifying
Tight qualifying – Porsche 919 Hybrid up to speed
Solid qualifying performance from the newly formed Porsche Team with the two Porsche 919 Hybrids in the World Endurance Championship (WEC): After three free practice sessions with no problems, the first qualifying was also trouble free. Drivers Romain Dumas (FR) and Neel Jani (CH) achieved an average lap time of 1 minute 43.087 seconds and qualified the 919 Hybrid in third place on the grid for the opening race in Silverstone (GB).
Team mates Mark Webber (AU) and Timo Bernhard (DE) qualified sixth with no. 20 sister car (1 minute 43.226 seconds) for Sunday’s six hour race. Pole position went to the Toyota drivers Alexander Wurz/Kazuki Nakajima. The small time difference between all LMP1 works cars is remarkable: It is less than 0.5 seconds between pole position and sixth place.
In the WEC qualifying is split into classes. The LMP1 and LMP2 classes share 25 minutes on track. Two drivers from each car have to do two timed laps each. The average times from those four lap times make the grid positions.
“One hour of free practice wasn’t a lot to get two guys and the car ready for qualifying and to practice the qualifying procedures,“ said Mark Webber.
“Nevertheless, we had an eye on race preparation and kept doing set-up changes. In qualifying we might have left a bit of performance out there, but the team did a very good job. A possible wet race would give us an extra challenge on the operational side as well as on track. Despite the temporary four-wheel drive, any race car on the limit in the wet needs the maximum respect.”
David Garciaon April 20, 2014 Reply
Good luck Mark, have a great race, no doubt all of us down under will be cheering you and your teammates on for a great finish
kirstyon April 20, 2014 Reply
Wishing you all the best for the race today, shame I couldn’t be there to cheer you on. I’ll be following the whole season, best of luck, hope you enjoy it…
Petraon April 20, 2014 Reply
Hi Mark, congrats on your podium finish! Great team result! I knew you’re good on the wet track! Have to get used to that white outfit !
Cheers from China
bruceon April 20, 2014 Reply
Got to the track today Mark, enjoyed the race, first time at an endurance event for me. But the weather ho, the weather.
Good result .