Porsche nips Toyota for pole at Spa

Jani puts the #1 Porsche on pole
Jani puts the #1 Porsche on pole

Neel Jani was the star of qualifying after setting a sensational lap to contribute toward a surprise pole position for Porsche LMP1 Team at Spa.

Along with Andre Lotterer, the Swiss ace combined to set an average of 1m54.097s to claim Porsches first pole of the season.

After Toyota had largely dominated the Free Practice sessions, it was the German manufacturer which took the first point of the Spa weekend ahead of the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps tomorrow.

G-Drive Racing took a second consecutive pole position in a remarkably close battle as the new era of the LMP2 class continues to thrill.

The second round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, begins tomorrow at 14:30 local time.

Ferrari take GT Pro Pole

The #71 AF Corse Ferrari of Sam Bird and Davide Rigon reprised their 2016 pole with another stellar display for the Prancing Horse at Spa this afternoon.

Davide Rigon’s best lap of 2m14.938s stood as the fastest of the 25-minute session and laid the foundation for Ferraris first class pole since Nurburgring last July.

Pedro Lamy again proved to be the class of the LMGTE Am field to complete a last minute snatch of pole from the Dempsey-Proton Porsche car in the #98 Aston Martin he shared with Paul Dalla Lana.

Results

Pos No./Drivers Team/Car Class Time Behind Gap
1 1 N. JANI / A. LOTTERER / N. TANDY Porsche LMP Team LMP1 H 1:54.097 0.000s 0.000s
2 7 M. CONWAY / K. KOBAYASHI / . Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 H 1:54.693 0.596 0.596
3 9 S. SARRAZIN / Y. KUNIMOTO / N. LAPIERRE Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 H 1:54.701 0.604 0.008
4 8 S. BUEMI / A. DAVIDSON / K. NAKAJIMA Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 H 1:54.907 0.810 0.206
5 2 T. BERNHARD / E. BAMBER / B. HARTLEY Porsche LMP Team LMP1 H 1:55.440 1.343 0.533
6 26 R. RUSINOV / P. THIRIET / A. LYNN G-Drive Racing LMP2 2:02.601 8.504 7.161
7 36 R. DUMAS / G. MENEZES / M. RAO Signatech Alpine Matmut LMP2 2:02.624 8.527 0.023
8 35 P. RAGUES / A. NEGRÃO / N. PANCIATICI Signatech Alpine Matmut LMP2 2:02.629 8.532 0.005
9 24 T. GRAVES / J. HIRSCHI / J. VERGNE CEFC Manor TRS Racing LMP2 2:02.632 8.535 0.003
10 13 M. BECHE / D. HEINEMEIER HANSSON / N. PIQUET JR Vaillante Rebellion LMP2 2:03.619 9.522 0.987
11 4 O. WEBB / D. KRAIHAMER / J. ROSSITER Bykolles Racing Team LMP1 2:03.827 9.730 0.208
12 34 N. MOORE / P. HANSON / K. CHANDHOK Tockwith Motorsports LMP2 2:04.176 10.079 0.349
13 28 F. PERRODO / B. HANLEY / E. COLLARD TDS Racing LMP2 2:05.058 10.961 0.882
14 37 D. CHENG / A. BRUNDLE / T. GOMMENDY Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP2 2:05.421 11.324 0.363
15 31 J. CANAL / N. PROST / B. SENNA Vaillante Rebellion LMP2 2:05.614 11.517 0.193
16 38 H. TUNG / O. JARVIS / T. LAURENT Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP2 2:14.220 20.123 8.606
17 71 D. RIGON / S. BIRD AF Corse LMGTE Pro 2:15.017 20.920 0.797
18 66 S. MÃœCKE / O. PLA / B. JOHNSON Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK LMGTE Pro 2:15.418 21.321 0.401
19 67 A. PRIAULX / H. TINCKNELL / L. DERANI Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK LMGTE Pro 2:15.565 21.468 0.147
20 51 J. CALADO / A. PIER GUIDI AF Corse LMGTE Pro 2:15.765 21.668 0.200
21 91 R. LIETZ / F. MAKOWIECKI Porsche GT Team LMGTE Pro 2:16.862 22.765 1.097
22 92 M. CHRISTENSEN / K. ESTRE Porsche GT Team LMGTE Pro 2:17.010 22.913 0.148
23 95 N. THIIM / M. SØRENSEN / R. STANAWAY Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro 2:17.156 23.059 0.146
24 97 D. TURNER / J. ADAM / D. SERRA Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Pro 2:17.640 23.543 0.484
25 98 P. DALLA LANA / P. LAMY / M. LAUDA Aston Martin Racing LMGTE Am 2:18.659 24.562 1.019
26 77 C. RIED / M. CAIROLI / M. DIENST Dempsey-Proton Racing LMGTE Am 2:19.065 24.968 0.406
27 54 T. FLOHR / F. CASTELLACCI / M. MOLINA Spirit of Race LMGTE Am 2:19.658 25.561 0.593
28 61 W. MOK / K. SAWA / M. GRIFFIN Clearwater Racing LMGTE Am 2:20.915 26.818 1.257
29 86 M. WAINWRIGHT / B. BARKER / N. FOSTER Gulf Racing UK LMGTE Am 2:22.120 28.023 1.205
30 25 R. GONZALEZ / S. TRUMMER / V. PETROV CEFC Manor TRS Racing LMP2

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