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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Toyota over Porsche in Shanghai qualifying

WEC penultimate round
Saturday, November 4, 2017


The pole winning #7 Toyota
The pole winning #7 Toyota

Toyota took pole position for the 6 Hours of Shanghai in qualifying for the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in China today.

The #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez had been fastest in all three practice sessions and kept up the pace in qualifying, earning their fourth pole of the season by 0.440secs.

After a difficult qualifying session the two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from positions two and four on the grid.

The trio of Neel Jani (CH), Andre Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB) qualified in second position.

Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima will start tomorrow’s race from third position after a more challenging qualifying session in the #8 TS050 HYBRID.

Championship leaders Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) had to be satisfied with qualifying fourth. At the end of the 20-minute qualifying session, a puncture prevented Bamber from a further attempt to improve.

Saturday saw Shanghai in bright sunshine with an ambient temperature of around 16 degrees Celsius. Race day is also expected to be dry. The six-hour race will start at 11:00 hrs local time (04:00 hrs in Central Europe)

LMP2 pole went to Bruno Senna and Julien Canal in the Rebellion ORECA-Gibson 07.

Senna posted the fastest P2 lap of a session with a 1m48.509s, which Canal followed up on with a 1m49.926s to give the car a 1m49.217s average.

The #1 Porsche will start 2nd
The #1 Porsche will start 2nd

That put them a whopping two seconds up on the G-Drive ORECA qualified by Nico Muller and Leo Roussel.

The second Rebellion car driven by Nelson Piquet Jr and David Heinemeier Hansson was third, while the championship-leading Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA ended up fourth in the hands of Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent.

Reigning champions Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim took their first GTE Pro pole of 2017 in their Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

The Danish duo ended up on 1m59.697s average, which put them just over two tenths up on the 2nd quick Porsche of 1m59.916s.

James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi were third in their AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE.

The two Ganassi Ford GTs ended up in a disappointing fourth and fifth position.

“Qualifying didn't quite go to plan,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “I thought we had a better run in us. The Ferrari got in front of the #67 when it was on fresh tires, which didn’t help but it’s going to be a long race tomorrow. We have strong cars and we’ll be ready for the race.”

#67 Ford GT with Priaulx at the wheel
#67 Ford GT with Priaulx at the wheel

“That was a disappointing session for us as I came across a Ferrari parked in the middle of the first corner on my flying lap,” Priaulx said. “That took the peak out of my lap so I managed a reasonable time but obviously not a pole position time. Harry then went out and did a great job to get us up to fourth place, which really saved us. We’ve got a lot of work to do tomorrow but as always we’ll give it everything we’ve got.

The focus for the #66 Ford GT during the practice sessions was to work towards the perfect set up for the race. Fifth place in qualifying sets Mucke and Pla up for an assault on the podium tomorrow.

“We have been concentrating on race strategy so we only used one set of tires and did the minimum number of laps in qualifying,” Mucke said. “I’m sure we could have sneaked out a quicker time but our focus is on the race as tire drop off is a significant factor here. We need to be on the best rubber to maximize our potential and we should also remember that anything can happen at the start of this race.”

“Our long race simulation runs have been strong so we’re looking forward to the race,” said WEC Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell. “It’s interesting that some of the cars ahead of us chose to use two sets of tires in qualifying, which may have an effect in the race.”

Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana took a sixth pole of the year aboard their Aston Martin in GTE AM.


#7 pole winning drivers
#7 pole winning drivers
Mike Conway (Toyota TS050 #7): “We have topped every session so far this weekend so I’m really happy. My lap was okay but I felt I could have been a little quicker because there was a lot of grip. I was expecting Kamui to go quicker and he did. It’s a great start; hopefully we can stay at the front through the race.”

Kamui Kobayashi (Toyota TS050 #7): “I’m really pleased even if the lap itself wasn’t perfect. I didn’t try new tires before qualifying so it was tricky to adjust. But overall the car was really good and I was 100% confident in it. We have been strong all week; the team has done a great job so far.”

Andre Lotterer (Porsche 919 #1): “To start second on the grid is good for tomorrow’s race. Initially we wanted to fight for pole position, but the Toyota was really strong. Nick did a good lap before I jumped into the car. My first lap was deleted because of track limits. On my second attempt I had less traffic and could improve, despite the tires not being in ideal conditions anymore.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 919 #1): “It is obviously good to be on the front row and have a clear look at turn one at the start. We don’t like the fact that we are behind one Toyota but the good thing is we are in front of the other. It is clear that it will be a big fight and a tough race between the four LMP1-H cars. We look forward to it and congratulations to Toyota for today.”

Qualifying Results

1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m42.832s
2LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.TandyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche0.440s
3LMP1S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo RacingToyota0.613s
4LMP1T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.HartleyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche0.665s
5LMP2J.Canal, N.Prost, B.SennaVaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson6.385s
6LMP2R.Rusinov, L.Roussel, N.MullerG-Drive RacingORECA/Gibson6.640s
7LMP2M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr.Vaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson6.862s
8LMP2H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.LaurentJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson6.911s
9LMP2N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.NegraoSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson7.051s
10LMP2M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.VergneCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson7.585s
11LMP2R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.PetrovCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson7.895s
12LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.CollardTDS RacingORECA/Gibson8.245s
13LMP2D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.GommendyJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson8.339s
14GTE ProN.Thiim, M.SorensenAston Martin RacingAston Martin16.865s
15GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche17.084s
16GTE ProJ.Calado, A.P.GuidiAF CorseFerrari17.415s
17GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord17.467s
18GTE ProS.Mucke, O.PlaFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord17.500s
19GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari17.922s
20GTE ProR.Lietz, F.MakowieckiPorsche GT TeamPorsche17.951s
21GTE ProD.Turner, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin18.309s
22GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin19.525s
23GTE AmC.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.DienstDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche19.933s
24GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.MolinaSpirit of RaceFerrari20.230s
25GTE AmMok W.S., K.Sawa, M.GriffinClearwater RacingFerrari20.663s
26GTE AmK.Al Qubaisi, B.Barker, N.FosterGulf RacingPorsche34.205s



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