Kobayashi and Conway Shanghai script in China
Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway have locked out a 1-2 for Toyota in China in qualifying for tomorrow’s Six Hours of Shanghai.
The number 7 and 8 TS050 Hybrids swapped top spot throughout the early minutes of the session, but all the while the number 1 Rebellion entry of Bruno Senna splitting the Toyotas.
A restriction on tyres meant drivers would set a banker lap and immediately come in for their second drivers. With Conway handing the number 7 car over to Kamui Kobayashi and Nakajima back to Fernando Alonso in the number 8, it appeared as though the second drivers were already happy with their times and sought to get better performance from the first.
Kobayashi was the first driver to get into the 1 min 42’s and steal pole for the second time this season along with Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway, with the Alonso/Nakajima combination in second.
Senna and Andre Lotterer would take third for Rebellion in the number 1 R13 Gibson with the number 17 SMP BR Engineering BR1 AER In fourth.
In LMP2, Nicolas Lapierre led the way early in the number 36 Signatech Alpine entry whilst the majority of the field wasted no time in switching over their drivers. Pierre Thiriet would take over from Lapierre and loop the number 36 car but was able to recover to fourth behind the number 31 Dragonspeed entry of Roberto Gonzalez and Pastor Maldonado.
In the end the number 38 and 37 Jackie Chan DC entries of Ho-Pin Tung and Nabil Jeffri would take first and second respectively.
In LMGTE Pro, Antonio Felix Da Costa got down to business early in the number 82 Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE to top the order initially until the sister car of Nicky Catsburg betters Da Costa’s time by six tenths of a second.
But it was the combined times of Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla was enough to steal pole ahead of the number 81 BMW and number 97 Aston Martin Vantage of Maxime Martin and Alex Lynn.
Andy Priaulx had a disastrous session, with the number 67 Chip Ganassi Ford stopping at the end of sector one after struggling to get out of the pits with a fuel pressure issue. He would eventually get going again.
In LMGTE Am the Spirit of Race Ferrari of Thomas Flohr looked like taking LMGTE Am honours ahead of the number 86 Gulf Porsche entry, but a last minute flyer from Pedro Lamy saw the number 98 Aston Martin top the timesheets ahead of Christian Reid in the number 77 Dempsey Proton Porsche with Flohr in third.
Images: Toyota Gazoo racing and Adrenal Media
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