Karun Chandhok secures pole at 6 Hours of Shanghai
Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok driving for JRM Racing team secured his first ever pole position at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the eighth and final round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship held at the Shanghai International Circuit for the very first time. The only driver from the UK-based JRM Racing team to have prior experience at the Shanghai circuit, Karun was out in #22 and recorded the fastest lap time on 1.51.003.
The morning session before qualifying witnessed rain and red flag forcing the Indian driver to wait before he could go out on the track. It cost him some crucial track time and as a result he could only complete 10 laps before the qualifying session began. Eventually Karun set a blazing fast lap and secured his first pole of the season finishing 0.016 seconds ahead of #12 Rebellion team.
Karun Chandhok, who was thrilled with his best qualifying of the season, said, “I'm absolutely thrilled with today's result. It’s the first time we've finished as the fastest privateer car and it’s a great feeling as we have promised it for so long. We know tomorrow won't be easy, as we are all very close here, but we can be very happy with what we achieved today. I think we have improved massively during the season and it’s good to be starting ahead of our main rivals. Tomorrow's race will be tough as the Strakka and Rebellion guys are very strong. The team is working hard and doing an excellent job and results like today's gives a confidence boost for tomorrow.”