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03/09/2017 04:31

WEC - Porsche on pole for 6 Hours of Mexico

Brendon Hartley set the outright fastest lap of a qualifying session held under mixed conditions in Mexico today to lay the foundations for the No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid’s first pole position of the 2017 FIA World Endurance championship season.

WEC - Porsche on pole for 6 Hours of Mexico

The Kiwi ace peaked on a 1m24.459s before handing over to teammate Timo Bernhard who consolidated the pole with an average lap time of 1m24.562s. It will be a Porsche front row as André Lotterer and Nick Tandy combined to achieve the German marque's first front row of the season. 

Toyota will start the 6 Hours of Mexico presented by AT&T in third and fourth positions, while in LMP2 the Signatech Alpine pair of Andre Negrao and Nicolas Lapierre ensured Les Bleues' first pole of the season.

The headlines from LMP Qualifying...

  • Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard combined to take pole position in the No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid 
  • The Kiwi/German axis set an average of 1m24.562s to claim their first pole of the 2017 season
  • Nick Tandy and Andre Lotterer join the No.2 Porsche on the front row and set an average time just 0.148s behind their stablemates
  • Toyota line up third and fourth with No.7 ahead of No.8 TS 0505 HYBRID
  • LMP2 pole taken by Signatech Alpine of Andre Negrao and Nicolas Lapierre
  • Les Bleues confirm their first pole of 2017 season as average of 1m32.809s is 0.3s clear of opposition
  • Late time by Ho-Pin Tung pushes up No.38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car to second position on grid. Thomas Laurent also qualified
  • Bruno Senna and Julien Canal complete top three in LMP2 class

Ferrari lead thrilling GT qualifying for pole in Mexico

A tense and extremely close GT qualifying session at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez saw Ferrari’s Sam Bird and Davide Rigon take pole position in LMGTE Pro for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Mexico Presented by AT&T.  The British/Italian duo combined in the No.71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE to set a fastest average time of 1:39.425. 

Taking the top spot in LMGTE Am was the No.77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Christian Ried and Matteo Cairoli. The experienced German and young Porsche Junior factory driver just had the edge over their nearest rivals in a session which was completed in full, dry conditions. 

  • Sam Bird sets outright fastest lap of 1m39.162s in No.71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE. 
  • Bird and teammate Davide Rigon set an average lap time of 1m39.425s to take second pole position of the season
  • No.95 Aston Martin join Ferrari on front row as Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim place second just 0.109s behind 
  • Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell claim third in LMGTE Pro as they combine to set a 1m39.640s time to make it three different manufacturers in leading positions
  • Just 0.8s cover the whole LMGTE Pro field 
  • Dempsey Proton Porsche 911 RSR grabs pole position as Matteo Cairoli and Christian Ried set average of 1m42.056s
  • Late challenge by Aston Martin Racing’s Pedro Lamy just falls short by 0.042s

Tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Mexico, the fifth round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, will start at 12 noon (local time).

- FIA WEC press release -

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Photo (Marcel Langer / FIA WEC): Porsche polemen Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard with teammate Earl Bamber.

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