Khaled Al Qubaisi and Team Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing will start the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the 6 Hours of Shanghai, from the second row after going third fastest in class LMGTE Am in qualifying at the Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday.
Al Qubaisi is sharing driving duties with David Heinemeier Hansson of Denmark and Patrick Long of the US behind the wheel of the No.88 Porsche 911 RSR.
Patrick Long opened the 20-minute qualifying session, clocking the third fastest time of 2:04.491 during his stint.
Khalid Al Qubaisi then took over the wheel of the No.88 Porsche 911 RSR and pushed hard for a better position. Eventually, he too was third fastest with a time of 2:06.442 for an average time of 2:05.466 to secure a second row start for the main race on Sunday.
The team is happy with the second row start as the primary goal during qualifying was to preserve the tyres for the main 6-hour race.
The goal on Sunday will be to take maximum points and climb up the championship standings ahead of the final race of the season in Bahrain on November 19.
Khalid Al Qubaisi:
We had a slight issue in the morning just before the FP3 session with the ignition which left one cylinder of the engine not working. The team did a great job doing a full engine swap in 30mins to get us ready in time for FP3 to bed our brakes and do a quick qualification simulation. This was really important to get the set up right for the qualification as we made a few changes after that and the car felt better.
We are happy with P3. We did not go for P1 as we know that the Aston and Ferrari have an advantage on outright pace, so we used only one set of new tyres whereas they used two new sets. We prefer to focus on the race and hopefully with a car that is better over a full stint we can overtake them and finish ahead.
Abu Dhabi Racing Press Release
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