WEC: Webber Claims Pole !

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Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard score the #20 Porsche 919 first pole position of the season in the final championship round of the 2014 FIA WEC season from Interlagos, Brazil.
The day couldn’t of gone better for the Porsche LMP1 team in qualifying locking out the front row in qualifying. The pole sitting #20 having a four lap average of 1’17.676, which was 0.107 faster than the sister car, with Toyota #8 starting third from Audi #2.

In terms of the LMP1-L entrants, the CLM entrant spun during the session, temporally bringing out the yellow flag whilst Lucas Auer recovered the car and continued, whilst the Rebellion R-ONE #12 entry is the top non factory LMP1 entrant, starting seventh overall.

In LMP2, the G-Drive Ligier JS P2 Nissan entry dominated over the Oreca O3R entries of KCMG and SMP Racing, with the new generation P2 Ligier averaging 1’24.463. The GT Qualifying meanwhile was interrupted with a red flag, with just a few minutes to go in the session, after the Prospeed Porsche ground to a halt out on track. On the resumption, the Porsche and Aston Martin’s teams elected not to go back out on track, whilst a convoy of Ferrari’s did, the gamble didn’t pay off for the Ferrari entrants, starting the session behind both Aston Martin and Porsche.

Ultimately the GT class poles would both go to Aston Martin. In GTE PRO, the #97 entrant driven by Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner, with an average of 1’30’111. Whilst in Am, the #98 entrant, driven by Christoffer Nygaard and Pedro Lamy entered a four lap average of 1’30’401.  Emerson Fittipaldi meanwhile will start tomorrow’s race from fourth in class, alongside teammates Alessandro Pier Guidi and Jeff Segal, in the #61 AF Corse GTE Am entry.

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