Tomorrow's Six Hours of Shanghai looks set to be a close battle after the two Porsche 919 Hybrids bagged second and fourth positions on the grid during qualifying, while championship rivals Toyota took pole.
GB’s Nick Tandy, who celebrates his 33rd birthday tomorrow, and teammate André Lotterer, scored an average best lap time of 1:43.272 minutes on the 5.45 kilometre long Grand Prix circuit, in their No. 1 919 Hybrid.
Ahead of the race, which kicks off at 03:00 GMT, Tandy said: “It is obviously good to be on the front row and have a clear look at turn one at the start. We don’t like the fact that we are behind one Toyota but the good thing is we are in front of the other. It is clear that it will be a big fight and a tough race between the four LMP1-H cars. We look forward to it and congratulations to Toyota for today.”
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, added that it would be a “very, very close fight”.
“The perfect tyre call at the right time could make the difference. Now we will painstakingly prepare for tomorrow and enjoy the penultimate WEC entry of the Porsche 919 Hybrids.”
Meanwhile, in the GTE-Pro class, the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR of Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre clocked the second quickest time, after missing their second pole position of the season by just two-tenths of a second.
And in the GTE-Am class, we’ll see the Dempsey Proton Racing start from the second grid spot in their 2015-spec 911 RSR. #Porsche #6HoursofShanghai #GoodLuckBoys