Porsche Take First WEC Pole in Spa


Porsche have taken their first ever pole position in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the pairing of Marc Lieb and Neel Jani setting a four lap average of 2:01.198 to go ahead of the #8 Toyota in the final seconds of the session.

The #8, which set an average time of 2:01.836, was six tenths faster than the #2 Audi of Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer, who in turn were another six tenths faster than the #7 Toyota of Alexander Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin.

In LMP1-L, the #12 REBELLION R-One of Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfled got pole, with their team mates and only rivals, the #13 R-One of Dominik Kraihamer and Andrea Belicchi, failing to set a lap time.

KCMG lead the way in LMP2, with the #47 Oreca 03-Nissan of Matthew Howson and Richard Bradley setting a four lap average of 2:12.103, six tenths faster than the #27 SMP Racing Oreca of Sergey Zlobin and Nicolas Minassian. In third was the first – and only – Morgan-Nissan of G-Drive Racing, with Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla setting an average lap of 2:13.143. In fourth and last was the #38 JOTA Sport Zytek on a 2:13.761, almost two seconds slower than the KCMG Oreca.

In LMGTE Pro AF Corse set the pace, with the #51 of defending champion Gimi Bruni and Toni Vilander setting an average of 2:32.338, one tenth faster than the #97 Aston Martin of Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke. In third was the first Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR’s of Marco Holzer and Frederic Makowiecki, with the pair pushing the #92 into third on a 2:32.581.

Finally in LMGTE Am it was AF Corse on top again, with the #61 458 Italia on top on a 2:33.962 with Luis Perez-Companc and Marco Cioci at the wheel. Next up is the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Prospeed Competition on a 2:33.981, one-hundredth of a second back from the #61. In third was another AF Corse runner, the #81, with Stephen Wyatt and Michele Rugolo setting a 2:34.039.

There were no major issues during the session, although the 8 Star Ferrari had a minor spin half way through GTE Qualifying.

The race starts tomorrow at 1430 local, with the race set to end in twilight conditions.

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