FIAWEC | Porsche takes pole at Nurburgring 6 Hour

FIA WEC | 2015 World Endurance Championship

Nurburgring 6 Hours (Qualifying)

Article and Images by – Jarrod Moore

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It has been ten weeks since the last FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) race at Le Mans in France. Porsche completely dominated that week in June with strong results right across practice and qualifying to cross the finish line first to claim one of the most coveted prizes in motorsport, the Le Mans 24 Hour winner’s trophy.

The Nurburgring round marks a significant moment in the history of the FIA WEC with this being the first round on the championship calendar to take place at the German facility.

Nurburgring 6 Hour

This week at the Nurburgring 6 Hour event in Germany, the weather has looked quite bleak especially on Thursday and Friday although today (Saturday), there has been a rise in temperature with infrequent patches of blue sky.

Qualifying

Throughout the three practice sessions, Audi and Porsche have shown strong form with only a second separating all four cars which lead to a close qualifying session at the famous Germany track.

Occupying the first two grid positions, Porsche looks set to continue their blistering pace from Le Mans after dominating qualifying.

The average combined time of Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb in the number 18 Porsche 919 1:36.473 was good enough for P1 while the ‘Birthday Boy’ Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard will start in P2 with a combined average time that was just 0.069s off the pace.

Not to be outdone, Oliver Jarvis and Lucas Di Grassi in the number 8 Team Joest Audi R18 will start in third and the number 7 Audi R18 starting in fourth.

Toyota has continued to struggle with the pace of the German teams with the two TS040 Hybrid cars starting from fifth and sixth positions. The team announced today that they will be switching from their current naturally aspirated V8 to a turbo charged engine in 2016.

Of the non-hybrid cars, Rebellion Racing proved the quickest with both R-One’s setting an impressive time in the low 1:40’s.

LMP2 Class

Le Mans winner, Nick Tandy in his Oreca Nissan was the quickest in the LMP2 class and will start from P10.

GTE Class

In the GTE Class, Ferrari have continued to highlight their pace with the number 51 and 71, Ferrari 458’s setting the quickest times in the category.

The number 95 Aston Martin will start in P3 for the GT3 class, finishing 0.223 behind the Ferrari’s.

If Le Mans is anything to go by, Sunday’s 6 Hour race at the Nurburgring is set to be an exciting and thrilling encounter.

2015 FIAWEC Schedule

The next FIAWEC race will be the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas on 19th September, 2015.

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