Rebellion R13 Gibson #1. 2019 FIA WEC Shanghai. Image: Kelvin Pope for

Rebellion Racing have taken Pole position for Sunday’s #4hShanghai, the third round of the World Endurance Championship’s Season 8. 

Bruno Senna and Gustavo Menezes set a 1:45.892 average throwing in two blistering laps to give the Rebellion team the first Pole Position for a Non-Hybrid car since the championship’s first race at Sebring in 2012. 

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Starting second on the grid will be the #6 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 of Mike Simpson and Charlie Robertson. Having suffered a spin at the start of his stint Simpson recovered and set a 1:47.427 to claim second with an average of 1:47.092. Third spot on the grid goest to the second Ginetta with a 1:47.109 average. 

The ‘Success Ballast’ now appears to be having a genuine effect with the best of the two Toyotas, the #7, claiming fourth on the grid with a 1:47.235, 1.343s off the pace with the #8 languishing a further 2.288s behind. 

In LMP2 Cool Racing again showed they are a team to be reckoned with this season as Nicolas Lapierre and Antonin Borga set a 1:48.649 average, scoring the team’s first ever WEC pole. 

The #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA took second in class with a 1:48.775 average making them the fastest of the Good Year shod cars. Third went to the #22 United Autosports ORECA with a 1:48.972.

After Frits van Eerd failed to set a time due to a puncture the class winners from the previous race at Fuji, Racing Team Nederland, will start from the back of the class.

With just six tenths of a second splitting fastest to slowest in qualifying, Porsche took pole position honours in what may be the most hotly contested class of tomorrow’s race. The #92 duo of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen set a 1:59.579 average to pip the #95 Aston Martin Vantage AMR by 0.018s. Third spot on the grid went to the #97 Aston Martin of Maxime Martin and Alex Lynn. 

Porsche again claimed class pole in LMGTE Am with the #56 Team Project 1 911 RSR setting an average of 2:00.824. Seven tenth’s behind Matteo Cairoli and Egidio Perfetti were Paul Dalla Lana and Ross Gunn in the #98 Aston Martin Vantage AMR. Rounding out the top three in class was the #77 Porsche of Dempsey – Proton Racing with Christian Reid and Matt Campbell clocking in an average of 2:01.655.