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It was a cloudy but settled start to the WEC Qualifying with temperatures in the high teens, and no current sign of rain.
With the GTE qualifying up first the focus was on the Balance of Performance (BoP) revisions and whether they would have tightened matters up. As it happened by the conclusion of the session in the Pro category it looked pretty much business as usual, as the Ferrari 458 #71 of James Calado and Davide Rigon took pole from the category championship holders and sister car #51 of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. Third was secured by the #99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage of Fernando Rees, Alex MacDowall and new boy Stefan Mucke.
The averages in the GTE-Pro category were separated by a tenth between each place. The differential in improvements points to continued BoP concerns, it is clear who has most to gain from new cars next year…
All is set for intrigue in the race, Who has the best consistent race pace? Who is best on tyres? And with rain showers rumoured for the race who has the winning strategy? The BoP revisions in the GTE-Am category did have a profound effect with the #50 Larbre Competition Corvette C7 of Roda/Ruberti/Sylvest taking the category pole honours followed by championship leaders the #72 SMP Racing 458 of Shaytar/Bertolini/Basov. To complete the mix the #98 Aston Martin of Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda took third.