A thrilling qualifying session for the 6 Hours of Shanghai saw the no14 Porsche 919 of Romain Dumas and Neel Jani and the no8 Toyota TS040 of Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi set the exact same time of 1m48.300 after an average of the four best laps for each car.Dumas and Jani set their time early in the session and decided to park the car in the pitlane as Davidson and Buemi tried to beat their time.
After setting a time just 0.01 seconds behind the Porache, Buemi's next lap meant the average of the four laps matched their rivals exactly with just 50 seconds remaining on the clock. Because Dumas and Jani set the time first, they claimed their second pole position of the season. The no20 Porsche 919 of Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley were third but just 0.024 seconds adrift of the front two cars and 0.210s ahead of the no7 Toyota TS040 of Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima. The two Audi R18 etron quattros will line up on row 3 tomorrow morning, with the no1 Audi of Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer 0.6 seconds ahead of Loic Duval and Lucas di Grassi but 1.1 seconds behind the pole position time.
The two Rebellion R-Ones will take the 4th row on tomorrow's grid with the no12 R-One of Nicolas Prost and Mathias Beche ahead of their teammates in the no13 car. The Lotus CLM-AER finished 13th at the chequered flag but a pitlane speed infringement by Pierre Kaffer meant his times were cancelled up to the time of the infringement.
The no26 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan of Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla finished once again on the top of the timing sheets to claim the team's 5th pole position of the season so far. The time of 1m55.301 was 1.1 seconds faster than the second placed car, the no47 KCMG and the two SMP Racing Oreca-Nissans.
The 6 Hours of Shanghai will begin at 11:00 (local) / 04:00 (CET) tomorrow morning.