Gustavo Menezes and Bruno Senna have claimed the first Rebellion overall pole position against the Hybrid powered Toyota’s in Shanghai for the WEC. The pairing had a combined average of 1:45.892, 1.2 seconds quicker than the opposition.
Ginetta also have showed a fantastic turn of speed and locked out the front of the grid with both LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1’s. A second position for No.6 with Mike Simpson and Charlie Roberston whilst third is occupied by Ben Hanley and Egor Orudzhev.
Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi qualified the No.7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid in fourth but with their success ballast it saw the hybrids lack single lap speed. Conway and Kobayashi could only set a combined time 1.3 seconds slower than the non hybrid of Rebellion.
Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima were out in the No.8 but could only put together a 1:48.180 over 2 seconds behind the pole time from Menezes and Senna.
It’s been domination in recent years from the hybrids especially the Toyota’s who have held a pole position in every race all the way back to Bahrain 2017.
WEC has only ever had one Non-Hybrid pole position and that was the very first race back in 2012 in Sebring, Rebellion have ripped up the rule book and put some competition back to the Hybrid powered LMP1 Machines.
Cool Racing take first WEC class pole position
Nicolas Lapierre and Antonin Borga worked together pulling their quickest times down and setting a combined average of 1:48.649. LMP2 in the middle of a tire battle with the departure of Dunlop. Cool racing sit at the top of the times with Michelin rubber.
The No.37 Oreca from Jackie Chan DC racing lines up second on the grid running on Goodyear rubber just one tenth slower than the Cool Racing squad. United Autosports No.22 takes third place on the grid in LMP2.
Racing team Nederland took the win in Fuji but due to a puncture in qualifying see’s their car starting from the back of the class for the race in Shanghai.