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Porsche’s Dumas, Jani Claim Pole in Dead Heat at Shanghai

Romain Dumas, Neel Jani take Porsche 919 Hybrid to pole in Shanghai…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Porsche will start Sunday’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Shanghai from the pole following a ultra-close qualifying session that ended in a dead heat up front.

Neel Jani and Romain Dumas combined for a four-lap average of 1:48.300, the identical aggregate time that Toyota’s Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi recorded in the 25-minute session.

The pole went to the No. 14 Porsche 919 Hybrid as a result of Jani and Dumas recording their quick laps prior to the pairing in the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid.

As a result, the German manufacturer scored its second pole of the season and first in dry conditions.

Jani and Dumas will share the wheel of the Porsche with Marc Lieb on Sunday.

The sister No. 20 car, qualified by Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley, will roll off third, with a combined average that was only 0.024 seconds slower than the pole-winning time.

Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima qualified the No. 7 Toyota in fourth, while the pair of Audi R18 e-tron quattros were relegated to fifth and sixth after another disappointing qualifying run for the diesel-powered entries.

The No. 12 Rebellion R-One Toyota of Mathias Beche and Nicolas Prost claimed top qualifying honors in LMP1-L, with a 1:52.431 average and will line up sixth overall.

G-Drive Racing captured another pole in LMP2, with Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov taking their Ligier JS P2 Nissan to 1:54.327 average, a time that was nearly one second clear of the competition.

The No. 47 KCMG Oreca 03R Nissan of Alexandre Imperatori and Richard Bradley was second, with the No. 37 SMP Racing Oreca-Nissan qualifying a season-best third in the hands of brothers Kirill Ladygin and Anton Ladygin.

G-Drive’s Pla and Rusinov, along with Julien Canal, seek back-to-back class wins following a breakthrough first victory for the Onroak Automotive-designed prototype in Fuji.

The two Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03bs struggled in qualifying and will start fifth and sixth in class.

The FIA WEC Six Hours of Shanghai takes the green Sunday at 11 a.m. local. (Saturday, 11 p.m. ET)

RESULTS: Qualifying

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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