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