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Porsche Sweeps Front Row for 6H Sao Paulo

Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard lead all-Porsche front row in Brazil…

Photo: Porsche

Photo: Porsche

Porsche secured its first front row sweep in the FIA WEC, with the German manufacturer scoring its third consecutive overall pole and fourth of the season Saturday at Interlagos.

Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard took the No. 20 Porsche 919 Hybrid to a best four-lap average of 1:17.676 in the heated 25-minute session, which saw Webber get back in the car to improve on his times.

Their average edged out the sister 919 Hybrid, qualified by Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, by 0.107 seconds, and gave the No. 20 Porsche its first pole of the year.

Webber and Bernhard will be joined by Brendon Hartley in Sunday’s season-ending Six Hours of Sao Paulo as they search for Porsche’s first victory with its new LMP1 contender.

Newly crowned World Champions Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi will start third overall and in class, thanks to a 1:18.070 average in their No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid.

The No. 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer qualified fourth, with the No. 7 Toyota of Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin completing the top-five overall and in the LMP1-H class.

Tom Kristensen, who makes his final start this weekend, qualified the No. 1 Audi alongside Lucas di Grassi in sixth.

LMP1-L class pole honors went again to the No. 12 Rebellion R-One Toyota of Nick Heidfeld and Mathias Beche, with a 1:21.127 average, a time that was more than three seconds off the pace.

G-Drive Racing, meanwhile, scored its seventh pole in eight races this year, with Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov continuing their dominance in the cost-capped prototype ranks.

Pla and Rusinov combined for a 1:24.463 average in their No. 26 Ligier JS P2 Nissan they’ll share with Julien Canal on Sunday.

The OAK-run entry edged out the No. 47 KCMG Oreca 03R Nissan of Richard Bradley and Alexandre Imperatori, with the No. 37 SMP Racing entry third in class.

The FIA WEC Six Hours of Sao Paulo takes the green Sunday at 1 p.m. local (10 a.m. ET)

RESULTS: Qualifying

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Jason

    November 29, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    1. I don’t think Toyota is going to dominate this one like the last few rounds. Porsche for sure and maybe even Audi will contend

    2. Lotus finally out qualifies the LMP2 cars.

    3. Aston Martin takes 4 out of the top 5 in GT. They are pretty darn good in WEC. Funny who they hide between their tail and run when they get whooped in the USA during IMSA races.

    • Christian

      November 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Aston Martin only raced twice in the IMSA GTLM class, what are you talking about? BoP was a joke during those first two races, that’s why they couldn’t do anything.

      • Dan

        November 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        So you have one bad race and run away? Few take AMR seriously in the US since they have a habit of running away if they don’t win. They haven’t launched a full season in years the last time being only when they were running against the two Corvettes when GT1 was on its last legs. TRG has finally provided a full season customer presence for Aston which is refreshing but still isn’t a full fledged factory program.

        • fabio

          November 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

          they dont have to launch a full season assault, they should do that in the wec.. i rather see 4 cars in the wec than 2 and 2. i’d like to see gm and bmw think the same way. my opinion anyway

          • Dan

            November 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm

            A few races is all i would personally like not this one race and if we don’t win we’re gone act. The WEC is great but its not exactly what you call impressive when your only competing against two other teams in one class and your a factory team competing against privateer AMs in the other.

          • TTSport

            November 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm

            AMR were done over at Daytona by BoP that was very different to that run in the WEC and Le Mans. Like it or not, the ACO/FIA BoP is the standard for the class.

            AMR, AF Corse and Manthey are now unquestionably the three top GTE teams in the world. It’s sad to see Corvette Racing scrabbling around for excuses not to compete against the best in the WEC. It seems they are happy to describe themselves as a “world class” operation, but do their fighting in a national series.

            Then again, who can blame them after being humbled at COTA. Better to stay at home and rely of your marketing team to convince everyone you’re “world class”, rather than go out and prove it.

  2. Rohan

    November 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Wow great for Porsche although it won’t be for long I think. The real mystery to me is why the No.7 Toyota is not doing so well compared to the No.8.

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