Live: WEC Six Hours Of Silverstone Qualifying


FIA World Endurance Championship (Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

This live blog will be updated throughout the qualifying session for the first round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) from Silverstone.

13:17That’ll wrap up out live coverage of WEC qualifying. It was, er, interesting….

13:09Still not 100% confirmed, but it’s more likely to be right than what we had before

13:08LMGTE Pro is an Aston Martin Racing 1-2 with the #97 ahead of the #99. AMR also head the GTE Am class with the #96 entry

13:07LMP2 is a Delta-ADR/G-Drive 1-2, with the #25 qualified by Pizzonia and James Walker on pole.

13:06Duval and Kristensen’s #2 is third fastest, the #1 still down in fifth, behind the #12 Rebellion

13:06Wurz and Lapierre’s #7 Toyota keeps pole but with the #8 Toyota in second, with an average nearly two seconds slower

13:05Timing screens have updated to something that may be closer to the truth.

13:04I get the feeling the grid is being worked out with a calculator and a notepad in some dark corner of The Wing at Silverstone

13:03All of this is very, very unconfirmed with the known timing issues. As soon as we know anything we should let you know

13:02James Walker and Antonio Pizzonia combine to win pole in the #25 Delta-ADR/G-Drive. We think.

13:01Kristensen improves a little with an extra lap, but the gap is still 3.2 seconds to the #7 Toyota

13:00The #1 Audi – Treluyer and Lotterer is only fourth – the #12 Rebellion is faster!

12:59Kristensen makes the #2 Audi the first works car to set four laps, but Wurz sets a 4 lap average 3.5 seconds faster than the Audi

12:58Take all of this with a pinch of salt, not sure how well the timing glitch from GT qualifying has been cured

12:58Alex Wurz jumps to pole in #7 on the strength of a three lap average  nearly nine tenths better than the #8 car

12:55It’s Sebastien Buemi the #8 who will try and keep provisional pole from the other Toyota

12:55Chris Dyson has had a harmless spin in the Greaves Zytek at Luffield

12:54Both Toyotas also in. Wurz will head out in the #7, we’ll let you know about the #8

12:52Loic Duval comes in the 3rd place Audi, Tom Kristensen gets in for the final seven minutes of the session.

12:51Antonio Pizzonia has gone fastest in P2 on a two-lap average in the #25 G-Drive car

12:50Track seems to be drying after the short shower, both Toyota set a 3rd lap with their 1st drivers aboard as times are tumbling

12:49Olivier Pla’s two laps in the #24 OAK Morgan leads P2 ahead of John Martin in the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA

12:48Two laps in, Davidson holds provisional pole ahead of Lapierre. Both Audis only have one lap so far

12:45Danny Watts has spun the Strakka car approaching Maggotts

12:44Davidson and Lapierre put the first LMP1 laps on the board, Davidson’s #8 ahead of Lapierre’s #7

12:43Audis in pits, slicks off, inters on

12:42Not Brooklands – it’s at Village, the first of the hairpins on the newer section of track

12:42KCMG’s LMP2 Morgan off at Brooklands on its out lap – I think

12:40Looks like Intermediates are the tyre of choice. Green flag out. Here we go again!

12:39Declared a wet track as LMPs start to line-up at the end of the pitlane

12:36LMP qualifying getting ready to start and we have reports it’s starting to rain around the track. Like this couldn’t get anymore chaotic!!

12:32WEC qualifying: Confused? You will be.

12:31OK, checkered flag is out to end the session, but with timing issues it’s still guesswork as to who the real polesitter is

12:29Dumas completes the four laps for the #91 Porsche, but he’s slower than both Turner and the #96 LMGTE Am Aston with Stuart Hall the second driver

12:28Darren Turner completes his two laps to give a 4-lap average of 2:00.179

12:27OK – bear with us, the timing screens might be lying to us

12:24Six minutes to go – Turner versus Dumas versus Kamui Kobayashi for Pro pole it appears

12:23Many teams only with one lap completed. But, despite potentially having to start from the back of the grid, they won’t lose that much track position in reality

12:22Romain Dumas is in 2nd placed Porsche – #92 – replacing Lietz

12:21Darren Turner is in for Mucke in the #97 Aston for the second half of the session.

12:20At half time – after two laps – Mucke leads Lietz and Vilander at the top of GTE Pro. Jamie Campbell-Walter leads the Am ranks in the #96 Aston

12:18Philipp Peter has spun the bright orange 8 Star Ferrari, but continues on

12:1713 minutes to go – Mucke and Lietz have completed their two laps and should be heading back to the pits

12:16Pedro Lamy went faster than Mucke on his first lap – 1:59.593 for the Portuguese

12:15Stefan Mucke sets a 2:00.472 to lead the opening fastest laps in Pro, Christoffer Nygaard fastest in the #95 Am Aston

12:13Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz in the two Porsches, Mucke and Lamy in the Pro Astons

12:12Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander start the #51 and #70 Pro AF Corse Ferraris

12:10The grid is set by the average of four flying laps, with two drivers each setting two laps during the 20 minute session.

12:09We’re a few minutes away from the start of the qualifying session for LMGTE Pro and Am at Silverstone