Italian, German and French Pole Positions in Mexico

It was a fast a hectic qualifying session for the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Mexico City, since rain clouds were looming in the horizon.

The GTE started on a dry circuit for their 20 minutes, and all cars were quick on the track, to put down some fast laps with the first driver in the car.

Aston Martin Racing were initially 1-2 with Marco Sørensen in #95 ahead of Daniel Serra in #97. They were both beaten by Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 and #66 with AF Corse Ferrari #71 in third.

In the GTE Am category we saw Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche #77 quickest ahead of AMR #98 and Spirit of Race Ferrari #54.

After the driver change, Nicki Thiim in AMR #95 put down the fastest lap in GTE Pro, before he was beaten by Sam Bird in AF Corse Ferrari #71 by just 0,1 of a second, and took Pole Position. Harry Tincknell in Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 did the third fastest lap. Michael Christensen in Porsche #92 started 6th in the race.

Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 took the GTE Am Pole with Christian Ried behind the wheel, ahead of Pedro Lamy in AMR #98 and Ben Barker in Gulf Racing UK Porsche #86

AF Corse Ferrari #71
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The LMP qualifying session was moved forward because rain got closer and closer to the track, so their qualifying was started right after the GTE session had finished.

All cars except for the Toyotas were quickly on the track. Porsche #2 with Brendon Hartley put down the best lap in the LMP1 category with its sister car driven by Nick Tandy, while G-Drive Racing #26 with Alex Lynn was the quickest car in the LMP2 category. The #26 time was beaten by Signatech Alpine Matmut #36, before the driver change was made.

Toyota #7 with Mike Conway put the second fastest time in LMP1 before he handed over the car to Jose Maria Lopez. Nicolas Lapierre got #36 from Andre Negrao.

Timo Bernhard in Porsche #2 did a good laptime, followed by Andre Lotterer in #1, while Lopez secured third for Toyota #7. Buemi wasn’t able to match the others pace in the Toyota #8, and started forth in the LMP1 category.

Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 kept fastest time in the LMP2 category ahead of Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 and Vaillante Rebellion #31.

Porsche #2
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The expected rain only arrived at the very end of the qualifying session, but didn’t get influence on the results.

The race starts tomorrow at 19.00 CET.

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