Porsche dominated the qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps, with the #17 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley leading a marquee 1-2-3 in LMP1.
The #26 G-Drive Racing of Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal and Sam Bird topped LMP2, while Aston Martin Racing topped both LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am classes, with the #99 of Alex MacDowell, Fernando Rees and Richie Stanaway leading the Pro class, with the #98 of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathius Lauda on top of the Am class.
The two-lap average of the #17 of Bernhard, Webber and Hartley of 1m54.767s was enough to see it beat the #19 entry of Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy by 0.258s, while the #18 entry of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb will start third, qualifying 0.517s adrift of the pole time.
The #7 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro of Silverstone race winners Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer will line-up fourth ahead of the #8 sister car of Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis.
It was a disappointing day for the Toyota Racing team, with the #1 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson and Sébastian Buemi qualifying sixth, almost three seconds down on the pole time. The reigning champions are running as a duo after third driver Kazuki Nakajima was ruled out of the event with a fractured vertebra following a crash on Thursday.
The second Toyota of Alexander Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway will start seventh, alongside the third Audi of Filipe Alburquerque, Marco Bonanomi and René Rast. The last LMP1 entry – the #4 Team ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER of Simon Trummer, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Christian Klien will start ninth.
The LMP2 class battle was won by the #26 G-Drive Racing entry of Rusinov, Canal and Bird, just ahead of the #47 KCMG entry of Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley and Nicolas Lapierre.
Third in class (and twelfth overall) was the #43 Team SARD Morand entry of Pierre Ragues, Oliver Webb and Zoel Amberg, just ahead of the #28 G-Drive Racing entry of Gustavo Yacaman, Luis Felipe Derani and Ricardo Gonzalez.
The #38 JOTA Sport entry of Simon Dolan, GP2 Series race winner Mitch Evans and Harry Tincknell was fifth fastest ahead of the #36 Signatech Alpine of Nelson Panciatici, Paul Loup Chatin and Vincent Capillaire, while the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry of Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Heinemeier-Hansson was seventh in class.
Nick Leventis, Danny Watts and Jonny Kane put the #42 Strakka Racing entry eighth ahead of the #31 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry of Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek and Jonathan Fogarty. The #35 Oak Racing entry of Jacques Nicolet, Jean-Marc Merlin and Erik Maris were well off the pace, and will start twenty-sixth overall, amongst a number of the LMGTE drivers.
The #99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 of MacDowell, Rees and Stanaway were quickest in the LMGTE Pro class at Spa-Francorchamps, setting an average lap time of 2m16.840s to beat the #51 AF Corse of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander by just 0.070s, in a session were all seven Pro entries were covered by just under 1.2 seconds.
Third in class was the #97 Aston Martin of Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke and Rob Bell, just ahead of the #71 AF Corse of Davide Rigon and James Calado, while fifth in class was the #95 Aston Martin of Christoffer Nygaard, Marco Sørensen and Jonathan Adam.
The #91 Porsche Team Manthey of Sven Muller and Kevin Estre will start sixth in class, just ahead of their team-mates in the #92 of Frédéric Makowiecki and Richard Lietz.
The Silverstone race winning Aston Martin of Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda qualified quickest in the Am class at Spa-Francorchamps, setting an average time of 2m19.578s, taking class honours by over a second ahead of the #50 Larbre Competition entry of Gianluca Roda, Paolo Ruberti and Kristian Poulsen.
The #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing entry of Christian Ried, Khaled Al Qubaisi and Klaus Bachler were third fastest on Friday, ahead of the #55 AF Corse of Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Alexander Mortimer, while the #83 AF Corse of François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas will start fifth in class.
The #72 SMP Racing entry of Victor Shaytar, Andrea Bertolini and Aleksey Basov was sixth fastest, ahead of the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing entry of Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Long and Marco Seefried, while the #96 Aston Martin of Francesco Castellacci, Roald Goethe and Stuart Hall brings up the rear.
Spa-Francorchamps Qualifying Times
|4||LMP1||7||Audi Sport Team Joest||1m55.540s|
|5||LMP1||8||Audi Sport Team Joest||1m56.541s|
|8||LMP1||9||Audi Sport Team Joest||1m58.000s|
|12||LMP2||43||Team SARD Morand||2m08.055s|
|16||LMP2||30||Extreme Speed Motorsports||2m09.989s|
|18||LMP2||31||Extreme Speed Motorsports||2m16.721s|
|19||LMGTE PRO||99||Aston Martin Racing||2m16.840s|
|20||LMGTE PRO||51||AF Corse||2m16.910s|
|21||LMGTE PRO||97||Aston Martin Racing||2m17.231s|
|22||LMGTE PRO||71||AF Corse||2m17.526s|
|23||LMGTE PRO||95||Aston Martin Racing||2m17.757s|
|24||LMGTE PRO||91||Porsche Team Manthey||2m18.025s|
|25||LMGTE PRO||92||Porsche Team Manthey||2m18.038s|
|27||LMGTE AM||98||Aston Martin Racing||2m19.578s|
|28||LMGTE AM||50||Larbre Competition||2m20.694s|
|29||LMGTE AM||88||Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing||2m21.432s|
|30||LMGTE AM||55||AF Corse||2m21.893s|
|31||LMGTE AM||83||AF Corse||2m21.958s|
|32||LMGTE AM||72||SMP Racing||2m22.909s|
|33||LMGTE AM||77||Dempsey-Proton Racing||2m23.303s|
|34||LMGTE AM||96||Aston Martin Racing||2m24.519s|