6 Hours of Shanghai: Alonso’s #8 Toyota to Start from 2nd

Fernando Alonso, Toyota, 6 Hours of Shanghai, Qualifying
Photo: © Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota have overcome the challenge from Rebellion Racing for Pole Position, ahead of the 5th round of the WEC Super Season, with the #7 car leading the way on Saturday in Shanghai.

The #7 car driven by Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway secured pole, with a combined average lap time of 1:42.931s. Kamui Kobayashi was the quickest driver of all, with 1:42.708s lap time.

Sister Toyota #8 driven by Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima was 2nd fastest, losing 0.228s on the average lap time. The Spaniard was the faster driver, with a 1:43.159s lap time.

Privateer car #1 of Rebellion Racing driven by André Lotterer and Bruno Senna was the closest challenger of the Toyota Hybrids, losing only 0.287s to the pole sitting #7 car.

Fernando Alonso:

“Overall it was a positive qualifying result for the team, to be first and second on the grid again. But the competition is getting very tight from the non-hybrid cars.

“As well as our qualifying boost we also needed to use new tyres for every run to stay ahead. So it will be a difficult race, especially as we are expecting rain.”

It will be all to play for in tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Shanghai, as rain is expected for the race. Race start at 4:00 CET!

6 Hours of Shanghai LMP1 Qualifying Results
 #DriversTeamAvg. TimeGap
7Kamui Kobayashi
Mike Conway
José María López
Toyota Gazoo Racing1:42.931s 
2.8Fernando Alonso
Sebastién Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota Gazoo Racing1:43.159s0.228s
3.1André Lotterer
Bruno Senna
Neel Jani
Rebellion Racing1:43.218s0.287s
4.17Stéphane Sarrazin
Egor Orudzhev
Matevos Isaakyan
SMP Racing1:43.870s0.939s
3Thomas Laurent
Mathias Beche
Gustavo Menzes
Rebellion Racing1:44.179s1.248s
6.10Ben Hanley
Renger van der Zande
James Allen
Dragon Speed1:44.612s1.681s
7.11Mikhail Aleshin
Vitaly Petrov
Jenson Button
SMP Racing1:44.789s1.858s
8.4Oliver Webb
Tom Dillmann
Bykolles Racing Team1:46.353s3.422s