Audi takes pole in Japan

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Audi con­tin­ued their impres­sive per­for­mance from Friday’s free prac­tice ses­sions and secured the pole posi­tion for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Fuji. Lucas di Gras­si, Oliv­er Jarvis and Loic Duval secured the fastest aver­age lap time for the #8 Audi R18, a 1:23.570 but were only 0.025 sec­onds ahead of the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bern­hard, Bren­don Hart­ley and Mark Web­ber.

Toy­ota showed some decent pace and will be hop­ing to secure their first vic­to­ry of the sea­son at their home race. The #5 crew of Sébas­t­ian Bue­mi, Antho­ny David­son and Kazu­ki Naka­ji­ma will start the race from third, just ahead of Mike Con­way, Kamui Kobayashi – who was the quick­est man in qual­i­fy­ing – and Stéphane Sar­razin in the #5 car. In LMP1 pri­va­teer, the #13 Rebel­lion Rac­ing car had the edge over the ByKolles Rac­ing Team car

LMP2 pole went to the #26 G-Dri­ve Rac­ing crew of Alex Brun­dle, Roman Rusi­nov and Will Stevens by a mar­gin of 0.221 sec­onds ahead of cham­pi­onship lead­ers Nico­las Lapierre, Gus­ta­vo Menezes and Stéphane Richel­mi in the #36 Sig­nat­e­ch Alp­ing machine. WEC new boys Anto­nio Giov­inazzi, Sean Galeal and Giedo van der Gaarde secured an impres­sive third posi­tion for Extreme Speed Motor­sports in the #30 car.

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In GTE Pro, Ford locked out the front row of the grid at Fuji Speed­way, with pole going to the #66 crew of Ste­fan Mücke and Olivi­er Pla just 0.044 sec­onds ahead of Andy Pri­aulx and Har­ry Tinck­nell in the sis­ter #67 machine. Third and fourth went to Davide Rigon and Sam Bird in the #71 and #51 AF Corse Fer­raris respec­tive­ly as the Ital­ian con­struc­tor attempts to extend its six-point lead in the GT man­u­fac­tur­ers cham­pi­onship. Ferrari’s title rivals, Aston Mar­tin, will start the race from fifth and sixth.

Qual­i­fy­ing in GTE Am once again saw a fierce bat­tle between the #98 Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing crew and the cham­pi­onship-lead­ing #83 AF Corse machine. Hon­ours at Fuji went to Paul Dal­la Lana, Matthias Lau­da and Pedro Lamy for the British mar­que, just 0.373 sec­onds ahead of Perrodo/Collard/Aguas in the Fer­rari F458 Italia. Start­ing from the sec­ond row of the grid will be the #50 Lar­bre Com­pe­ti­tion Corvette C7.R and the #88 Abu Dhabi Pro­ton Rac­ing Porsche 911 RSR.

Sunday’s race starts at 4:00 am CEST

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