FIA WEC - Spa 6 hrs - Porsche on Pole

With a time of 1:54.097 around the 7.003km circuit buried deep in the Ardennes, the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy took pole position for tomorrow’s FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Four minutes into the session saw it red flagged after Russia’s Vitaly Petrov put the #25 CEFC Manor TRS Racing Oreca 07 into the tyre barrier up at Turn 9 – too much damage meant the car did not record a time.

A spinning Bykolles in front of Kobayashi put paid to the Japanese driver potentially putting the #7 Toyota TS050 – Hybrid on pole, instead finishing second. The third car entry for Toyota Gazoo Racing of Sarrazin, Kunimoto and Lapierre rounded off the top three places.

In LMP2 the #26 G-Drive Racing of Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet and Alex Lynn claimed their second pole in a row with a 2:02.601, a mere 0.023 seconds ahead of the two Signatech Alpine Matmut Gibsons, #36 and #35 respectively.

The Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK were denied pole by the prancing horse of Italy’s AF Corse #71 Ferrari 488 GTE of Davide Rigon and Britain’s Sam Bird in LMGTE Pro, putting in a time of 2:15.017.

Last but by no means least we have the #98 Aston Martin Vantage of Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda which snatched pole away from the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing as Dalla Lana took the chequered flag with a 2:18.659. The Spirit of the Race #54 Ferrari of Flohr, Castellacci and Molina was third, with Clearwater Racing’s #61 and Gulf Racing’s #86 rounding up the pack!

Tomorrow’s race goes green at 1330 GMT.

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