VIDEO | WEC Records fall as Porsche 919 proves too strong in Qualifying at Spa

FIA WEC | 2015 World Endurance Championship – 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Qualifying)

Written and Images by – Jarrod Moore

In complete contrast to yesterday’s track conditions at Spa-Francorchamps, the track was dry with even a few brief appearance of the sun.

With a chilly top of 8C/46F, track conditions today were in complete contrast to yesterdays down pour at Spa-Francorchamps, even the sun made a few brief appearances during the day.

With three cars entered, Porsche continued to show their dominance on the time sheets during qualifying for the 6 Hours of Spa to close out the first three positions on the grid.

The number 17 Porsche of Bernard, Webber and Hartley are keen to step up from their podium finish at Silverstone with a strong performance during qualifying and will start from pole position.

During an upbeat interview, pole sitter Bernhard said “You can really see the Porsche team evolving and improving every race, everything has worked flawlessly this weekend, yet tomorrow will be a tough race.”

Images by Jarrod Moore

As well as gaining pole, the number 17 919 Porsche also set a new WEC record with an average time of 1’54.767. To put into perspective, this time would place the cars roughly mid field at last year’s FIA Belgium Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Porsche team mates Hülkenberg, Bamber and Tandy in the 19 Porsche 919, sit in second place on the grid with the third number 18 Porsche over half a second of pole position sit back in third.

Audi with their three low down force R-18 e-tron Quattro’s, are starting the six hour race from fourth, fifth and eighth position.

The number one Toyota that was involved in yesterday’s crash will start from sixth position after the team worked through the night to repair a crack in the carbon fibre monocoque.

In LMP2, the Ligier driven by Rusinov, Canal and Bird have qualified at the top of their class with the number 42 Oreca car close behind in second position.

The number 99 Aston Martin took pole position in the GTE class by just squeezing out the number 51 Ferrari 458 with the sister 97 Aston Martin managing to qualify 0.3 seconds behind in third position.

With similar track conditions today predicted for tomorrow’s race, the teams will be running a dry set up, in the hope of winning the race and gathering as much data as possible for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans in six weeks’ time.

Pos Cat Driver Car Average Gap
1 17 LMP1 BERNHARD, WEBBER, HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid 1’54.767
2 19 LMP1 HÜLKENBERG, BAMBER, TANDY Porsche 919 Hybrid 1’55.025 0.258
3 18 LMP1 DUMAS, JANI, LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid 1’55.284 0.517
4 7 LMP1 FÄSSLER, LOTTERER, TRÉLUYER Audi R18 e-tron quattro 1’55.540 0.773
5 8 LMP1 DI GRASSI, DUVAL, JARVIS Audi R18 e-tron quattro 1’56.541 1.774
6 1 LMP1 DAVIDSON, BUEMI, NAKAJIMA Toyota TS 040 – Hybrid 1’57.487 2.72
7 2 LMP1 WURZ, SARRAZIN, CONWAY Toyota TS 040 – Hybrid 1’57.929 3.162
8 9 LMP1 ALBUQUERQUE, BONANOMI, RAST Audi R18 e-tron quattro 1’58.000 3.233
9 4 LMP1 TRUMMER, LIUZZI, KLIEN CLM P1/01 – AER 2’07.286 12.52
10 26 LMP2 RUSINOV, CANAL, BIRD Ligier JS P2 – Nissan 2’07.761 12.99
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