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10/13/12
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Toyota stuns Audi in Fuji qualifying
Nakajima's Toyota Hybrid
Toyota Racing took a popular pole position for its home race following a close qualifying session at Fuji Speedway in Japan, venue for the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Six Hours of Fuji.

Kazuki Nakajima, who returned to the #7 TS030 Hybrid this week alongside Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre, set the fastest lap of the afternoon, 0.140secs faster than the nearest challenger Audi.

That result delivered the second pole position for Toyota Racing in its first five races and comes just a few kilometers away from the Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre where the Toyota Hybrid System - Racing is developed.

Toyota Racing’s home race saw a large and enthusiastic crowd cheering on the #7 TS030 Hybrid, and Kazuki answered the challenge with a brilliant second flying lap, having encountered traffic on his first effort.

Benoit Treluyer converted his track knowledge at Fuji into a good grid position. The Frenchman, who drove in Japan for twelve years in his career, missed pole position by just a very narrow margin on Saturday. In the end, with his lap time of 1m 27.639s, the 35-year-old two-time Le Mans winner was lacking merely 14 hundredths of a second behind Kazuki Nakajima, who managed to set the fastest time in the Toyota.

Nakajima
The number "1" Audi was directly trailed by Tom Kristensen in the sister car. The Le Mans record winner at the wheel of the hybrid vehicle designated as car number "2" set the third-fastest lap at 1m 28.370s. 

Kazuki Nakajima: “I am really happy to get this pole position at Fuji Speedway; it means a lot to me and the team. It was cool to see the reaction of everyone in the garage at the end of the session because we had big support and also big expectations as this is our home country, our home track. We saw this morning that the car was quick enough to fight for pole position and, even though I had a bit of traffic at the start of qualifying, I managed to get a clean lap. It is a good achievement but it is still Saturday; the race means a lot more than qualifying. It will be a tricky race, particularly because it is difficult to cope with traffic in the last sector. So we will have to be careful and make no mistakes. Our aim is to win the race; we will push hard.”

Results

Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time
1. P1 Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima Toyota 1m27.499s
2. P1 Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer Audi 1m27.639s
3. P1 Kristensen/McNish Audi 1m28.370s
4. P1 Prost/Jani Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m29.871s
5. P1 Leventis/Watts/Kane Strakka HPD 1m30.051s
6. P1 Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck JRM HPD 1m30.410s
7. P1 Belicchi/Primat Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m30.682s
8. P1 Baguette/Kraihamer/Sato OAK Pescarolo-Honda 1m30.912s
9. P2 Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin Starworks HPD 1m32.367s
10. P2 Martin/Graves/Nakano ADR-Delta ORECA-Nissan 1m32.548s
11. P2 Liuzzi/Rossiter/Weeda Lotus Lola-Lotus 1m32.738s
12. P2 Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov Signatech ORECA-Nissan 1m32.960s
13. P2 Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer Pecom ORECA-Nissan 1m33.114s
14. P2 Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla OAK Morgan-Nissan 1m33.165s
15. P2 Mailleux/Lombard/Tresson Signatech ORECA-Nissan 1m34.294s
16. P2 Holzer/Schultis Lotus Lola-Lotus 1m35.036s
17. P2 Giroix/Ihara/Deletraz Gulf Lola-Nissan 1m35.234s
18. P2 Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian Greaves-Nissan 1m35.601s
19. GTE P Lieb/Lietz Felbermayr Porsche 1m40.289s
20. GTE P Fisichella/Bruni AF Ferrari 1m40.598s
21. GTE P Mucke/Turner Aston Martin 1m40.798s
22. GTE P Bertolini/Beretta AF Ferrari 1m41.202s
23. GTE A Belloc/Bourret/Gibon Larbre Corvette 1m41.386s
24. GTE A Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo Krohn Ferrari 1m41.701s
25. GTE A Ried/Roda/Ruberti Felbermayr Porsche 1m41.711s
26. GTE A Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy Larbre Corvette 1m41.945s
27. GTE A Camathias/Kobayashi/Daniels JWA Porsche 1m42.910s

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