Porsche locked out the front row in Qualifying for the 2016 WEC 6 Hours of Spa. Brendon Hartley’s first flying lap of the session handed the #1 Porsche 919 provisional pole, before handing over to Timo Bernhard to finish the job.
The New Zealander’s 1:55.691 off the bat, which is the fastest lap of the weekend so far, was good enough for him to pit the car after just one flying lap and hand over to Bernhard. In the end, Bernhard put up a lap which made the pair’s average a 1:55.793 and good enough for pole by eight tenths.
Second fastest with a 1:56.590 average was the sister #2 919 after Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas set laps. The duo both set 1:56s, while Hartley and Bernhard managed 1:55s.
The first non Porsche was the #6 Toyota TS050 which will start third and was almost two seconds slower than the pole sitter after Kamui Kobayashi and Anthony Davidson shared the driving. The #5’s average was a 1:57.698; Audi’s best meanwhile will start fourth with the #8 car setting a 1:57.750 which was far more encouraging after its troubles in practice.
In P1 Privateer both Rebellions edged the ByKolles CLM by over a second. James Rossiter in the CLM hit the #43 Morand Orecas during the session at La Source during the session, bringing out the red flags after a piece of bodywork fell off at Raidillon as a result.
G-Drive Racing’s Oreca 05 will start on pole in LMP2. Romain Rusinov and Rene Rast combined for a 2:07.363 lap that was half a second faster than the #36 Signatech Alpine in second.
Early on in the session the #45 Manor Oreca of Mat Rao and Roberto Merhi looked poised for pole after Merhi’s 2:07.920. But Rao couldn’t replicate the Spaniard’s time, setting a 2:08.727 in his stint. The car will start third in P2, a few tenths ahead of the #38 WEC-wildcard G-Drive Gibson in fourth.
Before the prototypes hit the track, AF Corse took a 1-2 in the hotly-contested GTE Pro field by three tenths over the best of the Astons. Sam Bird, and Davide Rigon in the #71 Ferrari 488 set an average time of 2:17.644, bolstered by Rigon’s early 2:16.632 which was the fastest time in GTE.
The sister #51 was on course to take third place, but Gianmaria Bruni, who started the session in the car, got back in after James Calado’s flyer and improved to edge ahead of the #97 Aston Martin on the screens. Together they achieved an average of 2:17.961.
Third was the #97 Aston Martin after Richie Stanaway and Fernando Rees’ laps with the first of the Ford GTs, the #67, coming in fourth.
In GTE Am the #98 Aston Martin of Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana snatched pole with a 2:20.391 average. The #83 AF Corse Ferrari, which won the class last time out at Silverstone, ended up second, just over two seconds back.
Tomorrow’s race starts a 14:30 local time in Belgium.