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Round 5 Qualifying Of The F.I.A WEC 2016 (LMP1/2)

The Second Part of Qualifying began. The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez lit up with the roaring sounds of LMP1 and LMP2 cars as engines jumped into life. The pitlane light turned green as the 20-minute session began.

Will it be a Porsche, Audi or a Toyota one pole? The #2 Porsche was the first car to leave the track and the first to put in a time that put them provisionally at the top of the timing charts. Thankfully the Toyota team were able to repair the #6 ahead of the session after the huge crash suffered in Practice, to add insults to injury the crew lost the duties of Anthony Davidson after sustaining multiple bruised ribs result of a crash in testing last week developing the TS050 Hybrid at Magny-Cours. This leaves Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastian Buemi as a pair to pilot the car in the race.
As the track, Rubbered in the times began to tumble and the battle for pole position kept on hotting up as times were set reshaping the grid.

On this occasion Toyota was left to pick up the pieces as the main battle for pole position was between and Audi’s and the Porsche’s. The #8 Audi piloted by Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval and Ollie Jarvis set the early final run pace putting a 1:25.069 on the board promoting them to Pole Position. The #2 Porsche of Marc Lieb,Neel Jani and Romain Dumas could not better the Audi’s time but setting a time marginally slowest than the Audi, A 1:25.111 left the crew just 0.042 seconds off from Pole Position. The third place spot was vacated by the #7 Audi.Drivers Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler were unable to beat their Factory Teammates but still lined up a solid third 0.281 off Pole Time. 4th position was the final Porsche of Webber, Hartley and Bernhard who were unable to battle for the front row less than a tenth of a second off the time of their teammates. Both #5 and #6Toyota lined up 5th and 6th with the #13 Rebellion Racing beating the ByKolles Racing to Privateer Pole Position.

In LMP2 The Strakka Racing took Pole Position after posting a time of a 1:35.485 was unable to be beaten. Bruno Senna,Ricciardo Gonzalez and Filipe Albuquerque took a very popular Pole Position with Mexican Ricciardo Gonzales took a Home Pole Position. The man who did so much and pushed for the Race to take place in Mexico this year had given the crowd a reason to come back for the race and in the next years following.
The #36 Signatech Alpine took P2 0.334 seconds off of the time set by Strakka Racing, On the Final Run in qualifying the #36 Alpine spun hitting the barriers on the exit of the esses causing the session to be Red Flagged. This left the field with less than 3:00 in the clock for one more chance to steal Pole Position. The G-Drive Car piloted by Rene Rast Roman Rusinov and Alex Brundle lined up P4 behind the second Strakka Racing who occupied the third spot of the LMP2 grid. With less than 35 seconds the Extreme Speed Motorsport #31 Lost the rear end entering the stadium section. Driver Luis Felipe Derani was unable to correct the slide leaving him as a passenger to hit the wall leaving the car with Flat spotted tyres ahead of the race. Whops!
LMP1 Grid
1.#08 1:25.069
2.#02 1:25.111
3.#07 1:25.350
4.#01 1:25.400
5.#05 1:25:960
6.#06 1:26.183
7.#13 1:29.909
8.#04 1:31.674

LMP2 Grid
1.#43 1:35.385
2.#26 1:35.819
3.#42 1:36.037
4.#26 1:36.063
5.#44 1:36.594
6.#41 1:36.914
7.#27 1:37.102
8.#37 1:37.112
9.# 35 1:37.482
10.#31 1:37.752
11.#39 1:39.514


Photo Via: John Rourke – AdrenalMedia.com

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