It was a cool day at Silverstone, but this did not stop drivers from laying down some scorching laps. The anticipation of first qualifying session of the year has been palpable. Many feel this is the first glimpse of how the grid will lineup in the year to come. Who are the favorites, and who will be the underdogs?
Toyota made good on their pace at Monza and in the Friday practice sessions by locking out the front row. Kamui Kobayashi had the honor of setting the fastest lap of the session with a blistering 1:36.793. His teammate Mike Conway submitted a 1:37.816 making a combined average of 1:37.304 for the pair in the #7 car. The duo will be joined by Jose Maria Lopez for the race.
Lining up second on the grid will be the #8 Toyota whose qualifying laps were put in by Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima. The pair combined for an average lap time of 1:37.593, nearly 3 tenths off of the sister cars pace. Kobayashi’s incendiary 36.7 being the notable difference.
Reigning champions Porsche unsurprisingly line up 3rd and 4th on the grid. The team will have to rest on the hopes that their race pace and reliability will be superior than Toyota’s come tomorrow if they are to successfully defend their victory at Silverstone last year.
Meanwhile, G-Drive racing claimed pole position in LMP2 at the hands of Pierre Thiriet and Alex Lynn. They will lineup ahead of the 2016 LMP2 champions Signatech Alpine team which took 2nd in class. Top 10 for prototype classification can be found below.
Pole position in GTE-Pro went to the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi team piloted by Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx. Being the only driver to crack 1:56.0, Priaulx has the honors of being the fastest man in GTE on Saturday. The British duo will hope to make their home race a special one tomorrow lining up ahead of the #71 AF Corse Ferrari, which found pace Saturday compared to Friday’s practice sessions.
The lone Aston Martin in GTE-Am took top spot in class with their #98 car ahead of the #54 Ferrari. Classification for the top 10 in GTE can be found below.
Timing screen courtesy of the FIA WEC mobile application
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