Ford has swept the GTE-Pro front row for Sunday’s WEC Six Hours of Shanghai, with the American manufacturer taking its second consecutive qualifying lockout in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
While it was Olivier Pla and Stefan Muecke that claimed class pole in Fuji, it was their sister No. 67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell that took top qualifying honors, their first of the season.
The duo combined for a best two-lap average of 2:01.391 to edge out the sister entry by 0.137 seconds in the 20-minute GT qualifying session.
The class championship-leading No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen qualified third, followed by the quickest of the Ferraris, the No. 51 AF Corse entry in fourth.
The No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR completed the top-five in qualifying on Saturday.
Aston Martin Racing, meanwhile, claimed its fifth GTE-Am class pole in eight races, with Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy reeling off an average of 2:03.767 in the No. 95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
It came after Dalla Lana’s first flying lap being disallowed due to track limits.
Dalla Lana and Lamy will share driving duties with Mathias Lauda tomorrow.
The No. 83 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Itlaia GT of Emmanuel Collard and Francois Perrodo qualified second in class, ahead of the No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
The WEC Six Hours of Shanghai gets underway Sunday at 11 a.m. local time.