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Spa WEC: Porsche stuns Toyota to grab pole

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Spa WEC: Porsche stuns Toyota to grab pole
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May 5, 2017, 2:46 PM

Porsche grabbed pole for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa after coming out on top against practice pacesetter Toyota in Friday afternoon's qualifying session.

#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
Neel Jani, Porsche Team
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
#35 Signatech Alpine A470 Gibson: Pierre Ragues, André Negrao, Nelson Panciatici
#71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE: Davide Rigon, Sam Bird
#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson
#98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda
#38 DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas Laurent
#71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE: Davide Rigon, Sam Bird
#91 Porsche Team Porsche 911 RSR: Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki

Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer in the #1 919 Hybrid finished with a 1m54.097s average to end up nearly six tenths of a second faster than the #7 Toyota of Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi. 

Jani trailed Stephane Sarrazin's low-downforce Toyota TS050 Hybrid after the first runs with a 1m53.658s, which Lotterer followed up on with a 1m54.439s. 

Conway posted a 1m53.911s to the put his high-downforce Toyota third after the first runs, before Kobayashi lost his first lap when Dominik Kraihamer spun in the ByKolles CLM privateer LMP1 entry exiting the Bus Stop chicane. 

The Japanese driver could only manage a 1m55.476s on his second lap on his tyres, which gave them a 1m54.693s average.

Nicolas Lapierre, who took over the #9 Toyota from Sarrazin, lost a lap to a track-limits violation and then put in 1m55.745s after a visit to the pits to haul the car back to third with a 1m54.701s average. 

Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi took fourth on a 1m54.907s average, while Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard were a further half a second behind in fifth on a 1m55.440s.

The G-Drive Racing squad took a second consecutive LMP2 pole with Alex Lynn and Pierre Thiriet. 

They ended up with a 2m02.601s average aboard their Oreca-Gibson to pip Signatech Alpine duo Gustavo Menezes and Matt Rao by just two hundredths.

The second Signatech car was third-fastest, just 0.005s ahead of the best of the Manor cars driven by Jean-Eric Vergne and Tor Graves.

Manor's second entry will start from the back of the grid after Vitaly Petrov hit the barriers at Turn 9, bringing out the red flags.

Ferrari beats Ford in GT

Ferrari claimed GTE Pro pole position with the factory AF Corse-run car driven by Davide Rigon and Sam Bird. 

Rigon claimed the fastest time of the session during the first runs aboard the #71 Ferrari 488 GTE, before Bird emerged fastest of the second group of drivers.

He posted a 2m15.114s before improving to a 2m15.096s on his second lap on a new set of tyres, which gave the AF duo an average of 2m15.017s. 

That put them almost exactly four tenths up on the Ganassi Ford GT qualified by Olivier Pla and Stefan Mucke, who took a 2m15.418s average.

Pla had trailed Andy Priaulx by just under four hundredths in the first runs, but Mucke ended up three tenths up on Harry Tincknell to reverse the positions. 

The second AF Ferrari shared by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi took fourth ahead of the two factory Porsche 911 RSRs. 

GTE Am qualifying honours went to the Aston Martin Vantage GTE shared by Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy. 

P1/P2 results:

Pos.#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 1 germany Andre Lotterer 
switzerland Neel Jani 
united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'54.097  
2 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi 
united_kingdom Mike Conway 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'54.693 0.596
3 9 france Stéphane Sarrazin 
france Nicolas Lapierre 
japan Yuji Kunimoto 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'54.701 0.604
4 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson 
japan Kazuki Nakajima 
switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'54.907 0.810
5 2 germany Timo Bernhard 
new_zealand Brendon Hartley 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'55.440 1.343
6 26 russia Roman Rusinov 
france  Pierre Thiriet 
united_kingdom Alex Lynn 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'02.601 8.504
7 36 france Romain Dumas 
united_states Gustavo Menezes 
united_kingdom Matt Rao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 2'02.624 8.527
8 35 france Nelson Panciatici 
france Pierre Ragues 
brazil Andre Negrao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 2'02.629 8.532
9 24 france Jean-Eric Vergne 
switzerland Jonathan Hirschi 
thailand Tor Graves 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'02.632 8.535
10 13 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 
switzerland Mathias Beche 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'03.619 9.522
11 4 united_kingdom Oliver Webb 
austria Dominik Kraihamer 
united_kingdom James Rossiter 
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 2'03.827 9.730
12 34 india Karun Chandhok 
united_kingdom Nigel Moore 
united_kingdom  Philip Hanson 
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 2'04.176 10.079
13 28 france François Perrodo 
france Emmanuel Collard 
france Matthieu Vaxivière 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'05.058 10.961
14 37 china David Cheng 
france Tristan Gommendy 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'05.421 11.324
15 31 brazil Bruno Senna 
france Julien Canal 
france Nicolas Prost 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'05.614 11.517
16 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
china Ho-Pin Tung 
france Thomas Laurent 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'14.220 20.123

GTE results:

Pos.#DriversCarClassAvg TimeGap
1 71 united_kingdom Sam Bird 
italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'15.017  
2 66 germany Stefan Mücke 
france Olivier Pla 
united_states Billy Johnson 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'15.418 0.401
3 67 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'15.565 0.548
4 51 united_kingdom James Calado 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'15.765 0.748
5 91 austria Richard Lietz 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'16.862 1.845
6 92 denmark Michael Christensen 
france Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'17.010 1.993
7 95 denmark Marco Sorensen 
denmark Nicki Thiim 
new_zealand Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 2'17.156 2.139
8 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner 
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam 
brazil Daniel Serra 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 2'17.640 2.623
9 98 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 2'18.659 3.642
10 77 germany Christian Ried 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Marvin Dienst 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 2'19.065 4.048
11 54 italy Francesco Castellacci 
spain Miguel Molina 
switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'19.658 4.641
12 61 ireland Matt Griffin 
singapore Mok Weng Sun 
japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'20.915 5.898
13 86 united_kingdom Michael Wainwright 
united_kingdom Ben Barker 
australia Nick Foster Jr. 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 2'22.120 7.103
 
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