6 Hours of Shanghai: LMGTE Qualifying Report and Results
Fri 08.11.13, 12:12PM
The pole positions for the LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am classes were both claimed by an Aston Martin but in both cases by the slimmest of margins.
Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner posted an average time of the fastest four qualifying laps of 2m04.370 in the no97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8, just 0.019s ahead of their teammates Bruno Senna and Richie Stanaway in the nr99 Vantage. Porsche edged out Ferrari with the nr92 Team Manthey 911 of Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Pilet heading row 2, 0.006s ahead of the nr71 AF Corse Ferrari of Kamui Kobayashi and Toni Vilander. It was a repeat performance for the third row with the nr92 Porsche of Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz finishing ahead of the nr51 Ferrari 458 of Gianmaria Bruni and Giancarlo Fisichella.
In LMGTE Am Christoffer Nygaard and Nicki Thiim posted the fastest 4-lap average of 2m05.903 in the nr95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage, just 0.015s ahead of the nr61 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Marco Cioci and Matt Griffin. It was another Ferrari at the head of row 2 with the nr81 8 Star Motorsports 458 of Davide Rigon and Rui Aguas finishing 0.2 seconds behind the pole sitting Aston and 0.25 ahead of the nr88 Proton Competition Porsche of Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda. The other four cars in the class were covered by 0.9 seconds with the nr76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche ahead of the nr96 Aston Martin, the nr57 Krohn Racing Ferrari and the nr50 Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette.
The 6 Hours of Shanghai will take place tomorrow morning at 11am (local)