Silverstone WEC: Toyota locks out front row in qualifying
The #7 Toyota claimed its first FIA World Endurance Championship pole position of the season for this weekend's Silverstone round.
Mike Conway outpaced Fernando Alonso in the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid in the first runs by just two hundredths of a second before Jose Maria Lopez went eight tenths quicker than Kazuki Nakajima.
That gave Conway and Lopez a 1m36.895s average, which compared with 1m37.306s for Alonso and Nakajima.
The Briton set his 1m36.769s, which stood as the fastest lap of the session, on his second run after aborting his first go at a time.
Conway said: "It's nice to get a pole after losing one at Spa [to a technical infringement]. I made a mistake starting the lap and another in Turn 4 [the Loop], so aborted the lap and went again.
"I was conservative on track limits, but fortunately it was enough."
The 1m37.362s lap Nakajima lost to a track limits violation wouldn't have altered the order at the top of the timesheets.
The Toyotas ended up more than two seconds clear of the best of the non-hybrid privateer LMP1s, as Vitaly Petrov and Jenson Button took third in the best of SMP Racing's AER-powered BR Engineering BR1s.
Their average of 1m38.932s was seven tenths up on that of the sister car driven by Stephane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev.
The two Rebellion-Gibson R-13s took fifth and sixth positions, Mathias Beche and Gustavo Menezes beating teammates Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer by three tenths, ahead of the DragonSpeed BR1 and the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01.
The Jota Sport-run Jackie Chan DC Racing squad blocked out the top two positions in LMP2.
Jazeman Jaafar and Nabil Jeffri took the class pole in the #37 Oreca 07 with a 1m44.896s average, which was just over a tenth ahead of teammates Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry.
The Signatech Alpine Oreca took third, a further three tenths in arrears, with Nicolas Lapierre and Pierre Thiriet.
Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla claimed the GTE Pro class pole for Ford by just over a tenth from a resurgent Aston Martin.
Mucke topped the times in the first runs with 1m55.727s in the #66 Ganassi Ford GT, before Pla followed it up with a 1m55.796s.
That gave them an average of 1m55.727s, which was just clear of the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE shared by Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin.
The two Aston drivers were separated by under a tenth on their way to a 1m55.805s average, while the second Vantage driven by Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen was three tenths behind on 1m56.103s.
The second of the Ganassi Fords ended up fourth on a 1m56.204s in the hands of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.
Porsche drivers Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre took fifth ahead of Ferrari pairing Sam Bird and Davide Rigon, with Augusto Farfus and Antonio Felix da Costa ending up seventh in the best of the BMWs.
The GTE Am pole was taken the Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Egidio Perfetti.
|1||7|| Kamui Kobayashi |
Jose Maria Lopez
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'36.895|
|2||8|| Fernando Alonso |
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'37.306||0.411|
|3||11|| Jenson Button |
|BR Engineering BR1||LMP1||1'38.932||2.037|
|4||17|| Stéphane Sarrazin |
|BR Engineering BR1||LMP1||1'39.070||2.175|
|5||3|| Mathias Beche |
|6||1|| Andre Lotterer |
|7||10|| Henrik Hedman |
Renger van der Zande
|BR Engineering BR1||LMP1||1'41.412||4.517|
|8||4|| Oliver Webb |
|ENSO CLM P1/01||LMP1||1'41.839||4.944|
|9||37|| Nabil Jeffri |
|10||38|| Ho-Pin Tung |
|11||36|| Nicolas Lapierre |
|12||28|| Loic Duval |
|13||29|| Giedo van der Garde |
Nyck de Vries
Frits van Eerd
|14||31|| Anthony Davidson |
|15||50|| Romano Ricci |
|Ligier JSP 217||LMP2||1'49.489||12.594|
|1||66|| Stefan Mücke |
|Ford GT||LMGTE PRO||1'55.727|
|2||97|| Maxime Martin |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||1'55.805||0.078|
|3||95|| Marco Sorensen |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||1'56.103||0.376|
|4||67|| Harry Tincknell |
|Ford GT||LMGTE PRO||1'56.204||0.477|
|5||92|| Michael Christensen |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE PRO||1'56.446||0.719|
|6||71|| Sam Bird |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||1'56.510||0.783|
|7||82|| Antonio Felix da Costa |
|BMW M8 GTE||LMGTE PRO||1'56.731||1.004|
|8||81|| Nick Catsburg |
|BMW M8 GTE||LMGTE PRO||1'56.992||1.265|
|9||51|| James Calado |
Alessandro Pier Guidi
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||1'57.105||1.378|
|10||91|| Gianmaria Bruni |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE PRO||1'57.151||1.424|
|11||56|| Jörg Bergmeister |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'59.001||3.274|
|12||77|| Christian Ried |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'59.203||3.476|
|13||90|| Jonathan Adam |
|Aston Martin Vantage||LMGTE AM||1'59.275||3.548|
|14||98|| Pedro Lamy |
Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage||LMGTE AM||1'59.338||3.611|
|15||88|| Gianluca Roda |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'59.757||4.030|
|16||54|| Giancarlo Fisichella |
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE AM||1'59.809||4.082|
|17||70|| Olivier Beretta |
Eddie Cheever III
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE AM||2'00.003||4.276|
|18||61|| Matthew Griffin |
Mok Weng Sun
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE AM||2'00.118||4.391|
|19||86|| Michael Wainwright |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'00.221||4.494|
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|Drivers||Mike Conway , Jose Maria Lopez|
|Article type||Qualifying report|