F.I.A W.E.C Round 5 Saw the new instalment of the 6 hours of Mexico and the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
The lights were out for the GT Cars, 20 minutes now was left to decided the Grid for Pro and Amateur classes ahead of the 6 Hours of Mexico. In both the classes the early signs were that the Naturally Aspirated Aston Martin 4.5l V8 engine had the edge over the Porsches and Ferrari’s.The Number 98 car was the one of the many to fall into a spin after driver Pedro Lamy dropped his Aston Martin coming into the newly reformed stadium section giving the fans the first piece of the action. In the Pro Class the #67 Ford fell into problems after driver Andy Priaulx also made a mistake coming into the stadium section, on the run down into the Turn 12 braking zone the car fell into a slide sending the Ford GT sideways into the Barriers.
In GTE Am the 911 Porsches were giving a strong showing managing to have three of their cars inside the top 6. Despite the early misdemeanour the #98 Aston Martin driven by Pedro Lamy, Paula Dalla Lana, and Mathias Lauda took pole position showing how much the Non-Turbocharged V8 was serving the Aston Martin Driver, keeping them a comfortable 0.403 quicker than the closest Porsche clocking an average time of 1:42.437. The #88 car Pilot by Patrick Long,Khaled Al Quabaisi and David Heinemeier Hansson lined up into second position after recording an average time of a 1:42.839. #88 & #86 Porsches also lined up P3 & P4 respectively. The last two places on the grid were filled by the #50 Corvette C7-Z06 driven by drivers Yutaka Yamagishi, Pierre Ragues and Ricky Taylor to fifth place with an average time of 1:44.493. The #83 Ferrari 458 GTE rounded off the pack finishing less than Half a tenth of the #50 Corvette.
In GTE Pro the #95 and #97 Aston Martin Vantages held off the field as Nicki Thiim
& Marco Sorensen had an average time of a 1:40.458 to hold off fellow teammates in the #97 Aston Martin who could only manage to get within 0142 seconds of the Pole sitter. The #51 Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado held on to 3rd position in GTE Pro just under 0.500 away from the lead car of Thiim and Sorensen. Richard Leitz and Michael Christensen lined up P4 in the new spec 2016 GTE Porsche 911. Sam Bird and Davide Rigon lined up 5th with the #66 & #67 Ford’s bringing up the rear of GTE Pro Class.
The #98 Aston Martin was Disqualified from Qualifying as in post session scrutineering found that the ride height of the car was less than 55mm from the ground. The 98 car will now start from the back of the grid promoting the #88 Porsche into Pole Position.
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