At the end of an action packed qualifying session, Loic Duval & Lucas Di Grassi took overall pole position for the WEC 6 Hours of Mexico tomorrow at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
In the dying moments of the session the Audi pair set an average lap time of 1.25.069, 0.042 seconds faster than Neel Jani & Marc Lieb in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. The #7 Audi of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler took third place on the grid. Brendan Hartley and Mark Webber qualified fourth in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, ahead of both Toyota TS050.
As expected, Rebellion took pole position in the privateer class with their now sole R-One entered for the remainder of the season ahead of the ByKolles CLM P1/01.
In the LMP2 class, Bruno Senna and Ricardo Gonzalez took their first ever WEC pole position in the #43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier with an average time of 1.35.485. The pole being even sweeter as this is both the team’s home race and Gonzalez is the race promoter.
Second fastest in LMP2 was Nicolas Lapierre in the #36 Signatech Alpine and Strakka Racing continued their great form this season proving also that the ‘old’ Gibson o15s chassis remains competitive qualifying third with Jonny Kane and Lewis Williamson at the wheel in 1.35.753 . G-Drive racing took fourth place with the #44 Manor slotting into fifth.
With just minutes of the session remaining, Lapierre crashed his #36 Alpine A460 into the wall causing a red flag and a brief interruption of the session. The session was restarted for a 3 minutes 43 seconds shootout, however, more drivers appeared to be suffering with the lack of grip and more errors occurred on track. The #2 Porsche 919 had a big moment but somehow stayed out of the barriers; Pipo Derani however was less lucky in the #31 ESM Ligier spinning into the wall at T12.
In GTE, Aston Martin Racing swept the board in GTE qualifying, locking out both GTE classes. In the Pro class, Nicky Thiim and Marco Sorensen took the top spot in the #95 V8 Vantage, with an average time of 1.40.458, giving the Danish duo their second consecutive class pole. Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway dropped their #97 Aston Martin Vantage into second spot in class 0.142 seconds behind their team mates. Over half a second behind the Astons was the #51 AF Corse Ferrari of James Calado and Gianmaria Bruni. Both Ford GTs struggled with the altitude and qualified 5th and 6th,
Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana took their (Michelin shod) #98 AMR Vantage to pole position in GTE-AM despite an early spin by the Portuguse driver with an average laptime of 1.42.437. The #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Porsche was second fastest, ahead of the #86 Gulf Racing 911 and the KCMG 911 RSR. The #50 Larbre Competition Corvette and #83AF Corse Ferrari F458 both appear to be struggling with the thin air and altitude and struggled to keep pace all sessions.