No 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota TS050 Hybrid, LMP1, Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, FIA WEC Nurburgring 2017

Toyota Gazoo Racing swept to pole position for tomorrow’s fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Germany’s Nürburgring.

In a qualifying session that saw numerous laps deleted for track limits infringements and Panciatici in the #35 Signatech Alpine reported to the stewards for dangerous driving Mike Conway and Kazumi Kobayashi set an average time of 1:38.118, 0.154 ahead of the #2 Porsche 9191 Hybrid. Porsche also took third spot with Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani setting a time of 1:38.278 in the #1 car. The #4 ByKOLLES car, again suffering an unknown issue, finished well down the timing sheets almost 10s off the LMP1-H times with all but the #34 Ligier LMP2 cars setting faster times. 

No 26 G-Drive Racing, Oreca 07, LMP2, Roman Rusinov, Ben Hanley, Pierre Thiriet, FIA WEC Nurburgring 2017

G-Drive Racing took the class pole in LMP2 ahead of the #38 car of Jacky Chan DC Racing with an average time of 1:45.001. Third in class was the #31 Rebellian of Bruno Senna and Julian Canal. The sole Ligier, the #34 of Tockwith Motorsports, here as a shakedown for next week’s ELMS in Austria proves considerable slower than the Orecas closing out the class with a time of 1:48.104. 

No 92 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR, LM GTE Pro, Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, FIA WEC Nurburgring 2017

In the GTE classes the GTE Pro Pole Position went to Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in the #92 mid-engined Porsche 911 RSR, 0.345 ahead of the #95 Aston Martin Vantage of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen (1:54.352) with the #91 Porsche 911 RSR rounding out the top three. 

No 98 Aston Martin Racing, Aston Martin Vantage GTE, LM GTE Am, Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda, FIA WEC Nurburgring 2017

In GTE-Am, Aston Martin topped the class times with the Pro-Am pairing of Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana taking the #98 Vantage to an average time of 1:56.721. Dempsey Proton Racing was second with the #77 Porsche 911 and the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE closed out the class top three.