Pole for Mark and his team mates in Fuji – Porsche remains unbeaten in qualifying
In the sixth round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship no car other than a Porsche 919 Hybrid made it onto the front row of the grid. On the Fuji Speedway in the Japanese Alps Timo Bernhard (DE)/Brendon Hartley (NZ)/Mark Webber (AU) will start from pole position. The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR)/Neel Jani (CH)/Marc Lieb (DE) qualified second for Sunday’s six-hour race. Each trio now has three pole positions to its tally in 2015. In the WEC the average of the best laps of two drivers counts for the grid position. In Fuji Bernhard/Webber (1:22.763 minutes) and Dumas/Lieb (1:23.071 min) were the qualifying drivers.
With this race on the challenging 4.549 km long circuit at the foot of Mount Fuji the championship enters its critical phase and Porsche is fighting for both titles. In the manufacturers’ standings Porsche leads with 220 points, followed by Audi (186) and Toyota (101). In the drivers’ championship an Audi trio is leading. Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (103 points) are ten points behind and Dumas/Jani/Lieb are in third place (77.5 points). Further excitement is in the air with a change of weather conditions being the forecast for race day.
Round six of eight will start on Sunday at 11:00 hrs local time (04:00 hrs CEST). The TV channel Eurosport will broadcast the entire race and the podium ceremony live. Live feed, timing and more is available at the FIA WEC App. Live features such as on-board cameras, timing and GPS tracking are also available in the Porsche Motorsport App (free of charge).
“P1 and P2 is another great team result,” said Mark. “Normally qualifying has been a very strong point for us, but today we had a lot of pressure from the number 7 Audi. It was a big effort from us today. Timo did a very good lap and it was great to see Marc getting the sister car on the front row in the very last minute.”
Petraon October 10, 2015 Reply
Congrats on the pole Mark & team !
Good luck for Sunday ! Greetings from Germany!