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10/27/12
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Toyota on pole in Shanghai  
Alex Wurz puts Toyota on pole
Toyota Racing took pole position for the final FIA World Endurance Championship race of the season, the Six Hours of Shanghai, by a narrow margin today in China.

Alex Wurz, who shares the #7 TS030 HYBRID with Nicolas Lapierre, recorded his best effort on his second flying lap to take pole position by exactly 0.1secs with the quickest time of the week so far.

That marks TOYOTA Racing’s third pole position from six attempts in its debut season, once again illustrating the impressive performance of the TS030 HYBRID and the TOYOTA HYBRID System - Racing, which delivers 300hp of power boost.

The #2 Audi, driven by Allan McNish (GBR) and Tom Kristensen (DNK), will be second on the grid, with a qualifying time of 1:48.373 set by McNish.

In the LMP2 class, the fastest qualifying time was set by James Rossiter (GBR) in the #32 Lotus (1:54.132), followed by the #25 ADR-Delta in second with 1:54.301. The grid for LM GTE Pro sees Aston Martin Racing in car #97 at the front, with a qualifying time of 2:03.721, while Team Felbermayr-Proton in car #77 placed second with a time of 2:04.471. The #88 Team Felbermayr-Proton led the LM GTE Am class qualifying, with a time of 2:05.584, followed by the #61 AF Corse-Waltrip car with a time of 2:05.836.

There are four hybrid recovery zones around the 5.451km Shanghai International Circuit, where the Toyota Hybrid System - Racing charges its super capacitor under braking prior to the release of 500kJ of energy, as limited by regulation.

Conditions in qualifying were warm and dry, in contrast to the changing weather of final practice this morning when rain fell just a few minutes before the green flag.

Nicolas started and alternated between wet and intermediate Michelins before Alex got his chance, switching to slick tires and setting the quickest lap of the session, breaking the 1min 50secs barrier for the first time this week.

Alex Wurz: “We know we have to put in a good performance to beat the Audis in qualifying and the TS030 HYBRID was better today than the driver to be honest. In Brazil I got the perfect pole lap but here I didn’t have the best last sector and lost a few tenths. I didn’t calculate enough for the change in wind direction so lost some time there. Nevertheless it was good enough to fight the Audis for pole position so I am very happy. From the long runs yesterday we looked competitive but the traffic fell pretty well for me. For sure it is going to be close; I expect nothing different than another hard fight like we had in Fuji.”

Pascal Vasselon, Technical Director: “So far this weekend has gone very well performance-wise and we are very pleased with the result today. There was potential for the gap to be a little bigger but Alex did two really strong sectors and this was enough. To achieve our third pole position in just our sixth event is very satisfying and of course our target for the race tomorrow is to convert this into our third win. It will be an extremely interesting race because tire degradation is a bit more of a factor than usual on this track and there is the potential for different strategies. We can expect another tough fight with Audi so we have to aim for another perfect race like in Fuji to finish the season on a high note.”

Lineup

Pos No. Cat Driver Car Time Gap Behind
1 7 LMP1 Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Toyota TS030 - Hybrid 1:48.273 +0.000 +0.000
2 2 LMP1 Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Audi R18 e-tron quattro 1:48.373 +0.100 +0.100
3 1 LMP1 Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer Audi R18 e-tron quattro 1:48.597 +0.324 +0.224
4 22 LMP1 David Brabham, Karun Chandhok, Peter Dumbreck HPD ARX 03a - Honda 1:51.003 +2.730 +2.406
5 12 LMP1 Nicolas Prost, Neel Jani, Lola B12/60 Coupe - Toyota 1:51.019 +2.746 +0.016
6 21 LMP1 Nick Leventis, Danny Watts, Jonny Kane HPD ARX 03a - Honda 1:51.037 +2.764 +0.018
7 13 LMP1 Andrea Belicchi, Harold Primat, Cong Fu Cheng Lola B12/60 Coupe - Toyota 1:51.394 +3.121 +0.357
8 15 LMP1 Bertrand Baguette, Dominik Kraihamer, Takuma Sato Oak Pescarolo - Honda 1:52.172 +3.899 +0.778
9 32 LMP2 Jan Charouz, James Rossiter, Kevin Weeda Lola B12/80 Coupe - Lotus 1:54.132 +5.859 +1.960
10 25 LMP2 John Martin, Tor Graves, Mathias Beche Oreca 03 - Nissan 1:54.301 +6.028 +0.169
11 44 LMP2 Vicente Potolicchio, Ryan Dalziel, Stephane Sarrazin HPD ARX 03b - Honda 1:54.350 +6.077 +0.049
12 24 LMP2 Jacques Nicolet, Matthieu Lahaye, Olivier Pla Morgan - Nissan 1:54.475 +6.202 +0.125
13 49 LMP2 Luis Perez Companc, Nicolas Minassian, Pierre Kaffer Oreca 03 - Nissan 1:55.151 +6.878 +0.676
14 31 LMP2 Thomas Holzer, Mirco Schultis, Lola B12/80 Coupe - Lotus 1:55.195 +6.922 +0.044
15 23 LMP2 Franck Mailleux, Olivier Lombard, Jordan Tresson Oreca 03 - Nissan 1:55.687 +7.414 +0.492
16 41 LMP2 Christian Zugel, Ricardo Gonzalez, Elton Julian Zytek Z11SN - Nissan 1:56.531 +8.258 +0.844
17 26 LMP2 Nelson Panciatici, Pierre Ragues, Roman Rusinov Oreca 03 - Nissan 1:56.682 +8.409 +0.151
18 29 LMP2 Fabien Giroix, Keiko Ihara, Jean-Denis Deletraz Lola B12/80 Coupe - Nissan 1:57.370 +9.097 +0.688
19 97 LMGTE Pro Stefan Mücke, Darren Turner, Aston Martin Vantage V8 2:03.721 +15.448 +6.351
20 77 LMGTE Pro Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Porsche 911 RSR (997) 2:04.471 +16.198 +0.750
21 51 LMGTE Pro Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni, Ferrari F458 Italia 2:05.387 +17.114 +0.916
22 88 LMGTE Am Christian Ried, Gianluca Roda, Paolo Ruberti Porsche 911 RSR (997) 2:05.584 +17.311 +0.197
23 61 LMGTE Am Robert Kauffman, Rui Aguas, Marco Cioci Ferrari F458 Italia 2:05.836 +17.563 +0.252
24 71 LMGTE Pro Andrea Bertolini, Olivier Beretta, Ferrari F458 Italia 2:06.367 +18.094 +0.531
25 50 LMGTE Am Patrick Bornhauser, Julien Canal, Pedro Lamy Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 2:06.910 +18.637 +0.543
26 55 LMGTE Am Joël Camathias, Matt Bell, Paul Daniels Porsche 911 RSR (997) 2:08.848 +20.575 +1.938
27 70 LMGTE Am Jean-Philippe Belloc, Christophe Bourret, Pascal Gibon Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 2:09.155 +20.882 +0.307
28 57 LMGTE Am Tracy Krohn, Niclas Jönsson, Michele Rugolo Ferrari F458 Italia 2:09.641 +21.368 +0.486

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