WEC: Rebellion takes pole, Aston Martin tops GTE field

The #1 Rebellion Racing R13 took overall pole-position in qualifying ahead of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

In both LM-GTE and LMP qualifying sessions for Round 6 of the FIA World Endurance Championship, track limits were a common talking point as several drivers found themselves exceeding track limits and losing their lap times.

Qualifying times are set by two drivers per car in order to establish an average lap-time from each of their two personal best laps.

In LMP1, the #1 Rebellion Racing took pole position ahead of the #8 and #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing cars (with their bespoke Le Mans aero-packages).

The #4 ByKolles lines up in fourth after falling victim towards exceeding track limits, setting an average lap-time nine-tenths behind the #7.

In LMP2, the #22 United Autosports has their targets set for third consecutive win in Season 8, also following the team’s success at the ELMS’ 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Phil Hanson set an impressive time of 2m02.148s to take pole in LMP2, +1.549s ahead of JOTA in second.

Cool Racing’s Nicolas Lapierre in their #42 car set for the third spot, ahead of the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing, and #36 Signatech Alpine Elf.

The #33 High Class Racing are followed by Cetilar Racing and WEC debutants Eurasia Motorsport.

Eurasia Motorsport’s Nobuya Yamanaka made the only notable mistake after missing the braking-point at the bus-stop-chicane complex and spun at the end of a flying-lap.

Racing Team Nederland line up on the back of the LMP2 field since Job Van Uitert failed to set a valid lap-time (as a second driver must set a lap-time to establish an average between the two drivers), having exceeded track limits on his flying laps.

In LM-GTE Pro, both Aston Martins topped the times as the #92 Porsche’s most recent lap-time set by Kevin Estre was deleted due to a violation of track limits.

As a result, a second driver had not set a lap-time, putting the car at the back of the GTE-Pro field. The Ferraris line up just ahead of the #91.

In LM-GTE Am, the #77 Dempsey-Proton achieved an average lap of 2m16.519s.

Behind, were the Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSRs – the #56 leading just over a tenth behind the Dempsey Proton, and the #57 sitting three-tenths further.

The #57 was amongst many who lost lap times due to exceeding track limits, thus unable to beat the sister car.

They were followed by the #98 Aston Martin Racing, who qualified ahead of the (GTE-Am teams’) championship-leading #83 AF Corse.

TF Sport followed ahead of the other AF Corse, #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing, the #62 Red River Sport, and the #86 Gulf Racing to round off the overall grid.

1 1 #1 Rebellion Racing 1m59.577s
2 2 #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing 2m00.417s
3 3 #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing 2m01.070s
4 4 #4 ByKolles Racing 2m01.907s
5 1 #22 United Autosports 2m02.148s
6 2 #38 JOTA 2m03.697s
7 3 #42 COOL Racing 2m03.956s
8 4 #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing 2m04.198s
9 5 #36 Signatech Alpine Elf 2m04.235s
10 6 #33 High Class Racing 2m04.710s
11 7 #47 Cetilar Racing 2m05.547s
12 8 #35 Eurasia Motorsport 2m18.997s
13 9 #29 Racing Team Nederland *VALID 2ND DRIVER LAP NOT SET 2m02.744s*
14 1 #97 Aston Martin Racing 2m14.635s
15 2 #95 Aston Martin Racing 2m14.643s
16 3 #91 Porsche GT Team 2m14.923s
17 4 #71 AF Corse 2m15.356s
18 5 #51 AF Corse 2m15.383s
19 6 #92 Porsche GT Team *VALID 2ND DRIVER LAP NOT SET 2m14.223s*
20 1 #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2m16.519s
21 2 #56 Team Project 1 2m16.649s
22 3 #57 Team Project 1 2m17.415s
23 4 #98 Aston Martin Racing 2m17.563s
24 5 #83 AF Corse 2m17.593s
25 6 #90 TF Sport 2m17.658s
26 7 #54 AF Corse 2m18.314s
27 8 #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2m18.841s
28 9 #62 Red River Sport 2m18.945s
29 10 #86 Gulf Racing 2m18.947s