Rebellion Racing takes first non-hybrid WEC pole in Shanghai as Porsche leads both GTE classes

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November 09, 2019 12:47 PM

Rebellion Racing takes first non-hybrid WEC pole in Shanghai as Porsche leads both GTE classes

Dealing with ‘success penalty,’ Toyota sill manages to slot in fourth and fifth

Gary Watkins

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Gustavo Menezes and Bruno Senna took the top spot in qualifying aboard the solo Rebellion-Gibson R-13.

Rebellion Racing took its first overall pole position, and the first for a non-hybrid, in the World Endurance Championship as Toyota brought up the rear of the LMP1 pack in Saturday’s qualifying for Sunday’s Shanghai round of the World Endurance Championship in China
Gustavo Menezes and Bruno Senna took the top spot in qualifying aboard the solo Rebellion-Gibson R-13 by more than a second from the fastest of the Team LNT Ginettas. Menezes led the way during the opening runs with a 1:46.006 seconds before Senna posted the fastest time of the session with a 1:45.778 seconds to give them an average of 1:45.892 seconds.
The No. 6 Ginetta-AER G60-LT-P1 qualified by Charlie Robertson and Mike Simpson ended up 1.2 seconds behind the Rebellion on a 1:47.092 second average. Robertson was third fastest after the first runs with a 1:46.757 seconds, while Simpson managed a 1:47.427.
The second of the Ginettas, with Egor Orudzhev and Ben Hanley, ended up third, less than two hundredths of a second behind their teammates. Orudzhev set a 1:47.368 before Hanley put in a 1:46.850, which yielded a 1:47.109 average.
Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway took the fourth spot in the best of the Toyota TS050 Hybrids, which are carrying penalties under the new system of success handicaps designed to slow them by 2.74 seconds a lap. The drivers of the No. 7 Toyota ended up with a 1:47.235 average, which put them nearly a second up on the sister car qualified by Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley.

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The LMP2 pole went to Nicolas Lapierre and Antonin Borga in the Cool Racing ORECA-Gibson 07.

The LMP2 pole went to Nicolas Lapierre and Antonin Borga in the Cool Racing ORECA-Gibson 07. Their 1:48.649 average just edged out the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA qualified by Will Stevens and Gabriel Aubry, which ended up on 1:48.775 average. The United Autosports ORECA took third in the hands of Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson.
A lap from Kevin Estre that was four tenths quicker than anyone else in class propelled the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR to the top of the GTE Pro times. Teammate Michael Christensen’s 2:00.134 left the car sixth and last in class, before Estre put in a 1:59.024 to leapfrog the car onto the class pole.
Their 1:59.579 average gave them the top spot ahead of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE shared by Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen by just 0.018. Thiim topped the times after the first runs with a 1:59.708 before Sorensen went three tenths faster with a 1:59.486 on the same set of tires. That gave them a 1:59.597, which was just one hundredth up on the sister car of Maxime Martin and Alex Lynn.
The two Ferrari 488 GTE Evos took fourth and fifth positions, with the 1:59.687 average from James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi putting them four tenths up on the sister car of Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina.
Matteo Cairoli and Egidio Perfetti took the GTE Am pole in their Project 1 Porsche.
 

BREAKING: first NON-HYBRID pole position since the very first WEC in 2012!Congratulations to the No. 1 @RebellionRacing crew, @followgustavo @BSenna @NatoNorman! Good job, guys!#4HShanghai #WEC pic.twitter.com/2UOHYkQolw— WEC 🇨🇳 🐲 (@FIAWEC) November 9, 2019

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