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Fuji WEC: Hartley, Bamber take pole for Porsche

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Fuji WEC: Hartley, Bamber take pole for Porsche
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Oct 14, 2017, 6:40 AM

Porsche drivers Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley took pole position for this weekend's Fuji round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

#2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley
#2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley
#13 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07-Gibson: Nelson Piquet Jr., David Heinemeier Hansson, Mathias Beche
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid: Sebastien Buemi, Stepane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima
#2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley
#2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley
#91 Porsche GT Porsche Team 911 RSR: Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy

Bamber trailed teammate Nick Tandy after the first runs during the wet qualifying session by less than two tenths of a second.

Hartley went quicker than Andre Lotterer to jump ahead of the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, before the German improved his time to claim back the top spot.

The New Zealander, who leads the WEC standings with Bamber and Timo Bernhard, responded to propel the #2 car back to the top of the timesheets.

Bamber and Hartley ended up with two-lap average for 1m35.160s, which put them just 0.071s up on Tandy and Lotterer's 1m35.231s.

Toyota was less than two tenths of a second behind with the #8 TS050 Hybrid qualified by Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.

Nakajima had trailed Tandy's session-best of 1m35.068s by almost exactly two tenths, before Buemi whittled his time down to a 1m34.441s to run the Porsches close.

Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi were over a second back on their teammates in fourth position in the #7 Toyota.

Hartley said: "That was seriously close between the two Porsches, and Buemi at the end there was on fast lap.

"The Toyota look strong on the long runs, so we are expecting a close race tomorrow."

Rebellion quickest in LMP2, Porsche in GTE

Nelson Piquet Jr and David Heinemeier Hansson led an LMP2 one-two for the Rebellion team.

Piquet Jr headed teammate Bruno Senna by three tenths after the first runs, and then Heinemeier Hansson had more than a second in hand over Julien Canal in the sister Oreca-Gibson 07.

That gave the #13 car a two-lap average of 1m44.196s, seven tenths clear of their team-mates.

Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent were less than a tenth back in third aboard the lead Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca.

Porsche took the pole in GTE Pro, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki taking the top spot with a 1m47.533s average.

That put them four tenths up on the Ganassi Ford GT driven by Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.

The Clearwater Ferrari team took its first GTE Am pole with Matt Griffin and Weng Sun Mok.

Prototype qualifying:

Pos.#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 2 germany Timo Bernhard 
new_zealand Brendon Hartley 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'35.160  
2 1 germany Andre Lotterer 
switzerland Neel Jani 
united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'35.231 0.071
3 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson 
japan Kazuki Nakajima 
switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'35.355 0.195
4 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi 
united_kingdom Mike Conway 
argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'36.630 1.470
5 13 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 
switzerland Mathias Beche 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'44.196 9.036
6 31 brazil Bruno Senna 
france Julien Canal 
france Nicolas Prost 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'44.925 9.765
7 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
china Ho-Pin Tung 
france Thomas Laurent 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'45.078 9.918
8 36 france Nicolas Lapierre 
brazil Andre Negrao 
united_states Gustavo Menezes 
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'45.927 10.767
9 37 china David Cheng 
france Tristan Gommendy 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.109 10.949
10 26 russia Roman Rusinov 
france Pierre Thiriet 
united_kingdom James Rossiter 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.205 11.045
11 25 russia Vitaly Petrov 
switzerland Simon Trummer 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.354 12.194
12 24 france Jean-Eric Vergne 
united_kingdom Ben Hanley 
united_kingdom Matt Rao 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.411 12.251
13 28 france François Perrodo 
france Emmanuel Collard 
france Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.989 12.829

GTE qualifying:

Pos.#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 91 austria Richard Lietz 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'47.577  
2 67 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'48.018 0.441
3 66 germany Stefan Mücke 
france Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'48.139 0.562
4 71 united_kingdom Sam Bird 
italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'48.195 0.618
5 92 denmark Michael Christensen 
france Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'48.265 0.688
6 95 denmark Marco Sorensen 
denmark Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'48.578 1.001
7 51 united_kingdom James Calado 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'48.702 1.125
8 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner 
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'49.125 1.548
9 61 ireland Matt Griffin 
singapore Mok Weng Sun 
japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 1'49.408 1.831
10 77 germany Christian Ried 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Marvin Dienst 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 1'49.734 2.157
11 98 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 1'49.784 2.207
12 86 united_states Mike Hedlund 
united_kingdom Ben Barker 
australia Nick Foster Jr. 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 1'49.866 2.289
13 54 italy Francesco Castellacci 
spain Miguel Molina 
switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 1'50.797 3.220
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