Live: FIA WEC Six Hours Of Silverstone Qualifying


FIA World Endurance Championship (Photo Credit: Jean Michel Le Meur)

This live blog will be updated throughout the qualifying sessions for this weekend’s fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

15:46That concludes the qualifying sessions for the Six Hours of Silverstone. We’ll be doing it all over again for the full race tomorrow.

15:45LMP2 qualifying results: 1:49.964 A Brundle (Greaves), 1:49,997 sarrazin (Starworks), 1:50.129 Martin (ADR-Delta), 1:50.165 Minassian (Jota)

15:43LMP1 qualifying results: 1:43.663 Treluyer, 1:43.673 McNish, 1:44.411 Lapierre, 1:46.160 Watts.

15:42Well, yes. Alex Brundle takes LMP2 pole for Greaves Motorsport after starting the session bouncing across the gravel.

15:40Treluyer takes pole for the Audi R18 e-tron quattro. The checkered flag now waves – can anyone improve on their final lap?

15:39Murphy Prototypes driver Brendon Hartley has moved into LMP2 pole, but Minassian and Sarrazin leapfrog back ahead, Sarrazin taking provisional pole.

15:38Treluyer goes second and Nico Lapierre – on pole for so long – is now only third.

15:37McNish takes pole away from Toyota with a  1:43.887, 0.755 faster than Lapierre with Benoit Treluyer trying to improve from a lowly seventh place as track conditions improve all the time.

15:35The pole time tumbles again – now a 1:44.585 for Lapierre and Toyota. LMP2 pole is Jota’s with Nicolas Minassian but four tenths over OAK Racing and Bertrand Baguette.

15:33Lapierre escapes a potentially huge accident as a LMP2 dives for the pits to improve on his own best time, and he’s still finding more speed.

15:32LMP2 pole – and fourth overall at the moment – belongs to yesterday’s naught boy Alexander Sims and Status Grand Prix

15:31Toyota on pole! Lapierre sets a 1:46.343, but there’s still nine minutes remaining in the session.

15:30More speed for McNish as the pole target falls to a 1:48.276, but Lapierre is coming on a flying lap!

15:29Audi’s improving in lock step – McNish to a 1:48.909, Treluyer to a 1:49.340. Andrea Belecchi is third for Rebellion. Lapierre only fourth for Toyota.

15:28McNish goes to pole position with a 1:50.149, Treluyer now second.

15:27Danny Watts spins the Strakka HPD out of Club. No damage (thankfully after his was fleetingly broadside to traffic) and he continues.

15:26Stephane Sarrazin sets the early pace in LMP2 for Le Mans class winners Starworks Motorsport

15:25Nicolas Lapierre’s first flying lap is a 1:52.723, McNish and Benoit Treluyer fall into second and third .

15:23Alex Brundle – after topping FP3 for Greaves Motorsport – has had a big spin at Becketts

15:21And they’re off. By virtue of pit garages the Toyota sets off second in line, the two Audi are among the final cars out on track.

15:18Now for the small matter of LMP1 and (slightly more interestingly you have to admit) LMP2 qualifying

15:17Qualifying GTE Pro and Am results: 2:09.564 Lietz (Felbermayr-Proton), 2:10.018 Walker (JMW) 2:10.481 Bruni (AF Corse). 2:12.525 GTE Am pole Hall (AMR) fourth in combined times.

15:13You have to ask: What is Walker hadn’t spun at Club on his last lap?

15:13Lietz nabs pole under the checkered flag with a 2:09.564, beating Walker’s time by 0.454 seconds. Stuart Hall takes GTE Am pole with a late lap for Aston Martin Racing, knocking Paulo Ruberti off class pole.

15:11But he spins at the Club chicane as Richard Lietz launches an attack on pole with an overal fastest through the opening sector

15:10And another fastest time through Sector Two

15:10Another fastest Sector one for Walker.

15:09Walker does a 2:10.018!! 2.666 seconds faster than Bruni in second. No-one seems to have an answer for Walker and JMW!

15:08Walker is flying again – overall bests in both the first and second sectors on this lap

15:07This is what slick tyres do – James Walker thumps Mucke’s benchmark by nearly two seconds in the wasp liveried, Dunlop shod JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458

15:06Mucke’s time was on wet tyres!

15:04Mucke bounces back to the top of the times (2:14.150), a little over nine tenths faster than Lietz’s time.

15:02There are all – reportedly – on wet tyres and are either starting to hunt the water left on track, or switch to slick tyres.

15:01Marco Cioci moves to the top in GTE Am, qualifying the AF-Waltrip 458 Italia

15:00Lietz goes faster again, peeling a tenth from his earlier time to extend his margin over Bruni and Mucke on the leaderboard.

14:58Richard Lietz – on qualifying duties for team Felbermayr-Proton – goes top  with a 2:15.170. Paulo Ruberti leads GTE Am for the Porsche squad.

14:56Gimmi Bruni, in the AF Corse Ferrari that topped all three practice sessions in GTE Pro goes fastest with a 2:16.090.

14:55Aston Martin men Stefan Mucke and Jonny Adam set the first flying laps of the session in the Pro and Am classes respectively.

14:53It’s the GTE Pro and GTE Am cars out first. The track is wet but drying so it’s likely to be one of those sessions where the last lap is the fastest.