Porsche Continue Dominance in 'Ring Quali

Porsche Team picked up where they left off from Le Mans almost three months ago, locking out the front row for the inaugural running of the FIAWEC 6 Hours of the Nurburgring.

The #18 919 Hybrid of Jani, Dumas and Lieb took pole position with an average time of 1:36.473, which while quickest in the 20 minute session was still four tenths slower than the car’s time in the morning's free practice session.


The #17 of Webber, Bernhard and Hartley was a slim seven hundredths further back. The two Audis will start on the next row with the #8 qualifying third and the #7 fourth, both over a second off the pole time.

Toyota Racing had another quiet day, with the #1 and #2 TS040s placing fifth and sixth a further second behind the Audis. Rebellion Racing were quickest of the privateers with the #12 pipping #13, around six seconds a lap slower than the class polesitters.

The ByKolles CLM was again last in class though appears to have made large gains over the summer break, being less than two seconds off the pace of the Rebellions.

The LMP2 grid was settled late in the session, with quick laps from Le Mans winner Nick Tandy putting the similarly victorious KCMG Oreca on pole with an average time of 1:46.132. The #26 Ligier of G-Drive Racing took second and the #36 Alpine took third; only a second separating the top three.

The sister G-Drive was best of the rest ahead of the #43 Sard-Morand Morgan, #42 Strakka Gibson and the two Extreme Speed Ligiers.

AF Corse left it late in the session to take a front row lockout in GTE Pro, a surprise to all as Aston Martin Racing had looked very strong all weekend. The #51 of reigning world champs Bruni and Vilander took class pole ahead of the #71, with the #95 ‘Dane Train’ V8 Vantage taking third.

The two GTE Porsches followed with the #92 heading the #91, while the remaining two Astons completed the GTE Pro grid.

GTE Am was also a Ferrari affair with the ever-improving SMP Racing outfit leading the field, the fastest average time being set by Viktor Shaytar and Alexey Basov. The #98 Aston finished half a second further back with the Dempsey Racing Porsche rounding out the top three.

The #83 AF Corse, #50 Larbre Corvette and #96 finished off the overall grid for the race which starts at 1300 CET. Watch all the action live at www.fiawec.com, and join our conversation at www.twitter.com/speedchillsview!