Kamui Kobayashi took overall pole position during qualifying for the opening FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa-Francorchamps.
Qualifying ahead of the opening round, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, was split into two sessions: one for the two GTE classes, and the other for LMP2 and Hypercar qualifying.
The GTE session started in dramatic fashion as #77 of Christian Reid lost the rear of his Porsche 911 RSR on his out-lap and crashed at the top of the Eau Rouge-Raidillon complex. He got out the car safely and conscious.
After a brief red flag period, with six-and-a-half minutes on the clock in the GTE session, the #56 of Egidio Perfetti had a heavy crash in the same place and of similar nature to Reid.
Both of these crashes, on their out-laps, could be put down to cold tyres and low tyre pressures.
Several cars had their first laps deleted, leaving a single-flying lap as their main attempt. The debuting D’Station Racing squad being one of them.
In GTE-Pro, Kevin Estre of the #92 stormed to the top with a potent GTE lap record of a 2m11.219s.
Ben Keating sought redemption after the crash earlier at the Prologue this week but secured class-pole in his first days in the #33 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
LMP2 qualifying was an intense fight but the #22 of Filipe Albuquerque secured the fifth-consecutive class pole position in the FIA WEC LMP2; it is their 10th consecutive-pole in light of all their sportscar commitments carried over from last year.
The reigning LMP2 world champion set a time over two-tenths quicker than the #36 Alpine Elf Matmut Hypercar in the class above.
His main rival for pole was current Formula E championship leader Nyck De Vries in the #26 who closely rivaled the pace of the Portuguese driver.
Reigning world LMP drivers’ champion Kamui Kobayashi secured overall pole position and the first in Toyota’s new GR010 Hybrid. A time of 2m00.747s was pushed out ahead of his compatriot Kazuki Nakajima who did a 2m01.266s in the sister #8 car.
If you're going to spend a couple of minutes watching anything, why not make it @kamui_kobayashi's history-making #6HSpa pole lap. Enjoy! ☺️ #GoHyper #PushingTheLimitsForBetter @FIAWEC pic.twitter.com/hBcEScBR6Z
— TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC (@TGR_WEC) April 30, 2021
|OVERALL POSITION||CLASS POSITION||TEAM||DRIVER||FASTEST TIME|
|1||1||#7 Toyota GAZOO Racing||Kamui Kobayashi||2m00.747s|
|2||2||#8 Toyota GAZOO Racing||Kazuki Nakajima||2m01.266s|
|4||3||#36 Alpine Elf Matmut||Nicolas Lapierre||2m02.652s|
|3||1||#22 United Autosports||Filipe Albuquerque||2m02.404s|
|5||2||#26 G-Drive Racing||Nyck De Vries||2m02.984s|
|6||3||#29 Racing Team Nederland||Giedo Van Der Garde||2m03.435s|
|7||4||#70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am)||Norman Nato||2m03.475s|
|8||5||#25 G-Drive Racing (Pro/Am)||Roberto Merhi||2m03.485s|
|9||6||#28 JOTA||Stoffel Vandoorne||2m03.516s|
|10||7||#38 JOTA||Anthony Davidson||2m03.625s|
|11||8||#21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am)||Ben Hanley||2m03.816s|
|12||9||#24 PR1 Motorsports (Pro/Am)||Gabriel Aubry||2m03.869s|
|13||10||#31 Team WRT||Robin Frijns||2m03.915s|
|14||11||#34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am)||Alex Brundle||2m04.207s|
|15||12||#1 Richard Mille Racing||Tatiana Calderon||2m05.284s|
|16||13||#44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am)||Darren Burke||2m05.522|
|17||14||#20 High Class Racing||Anders Fjordbach||2m07.051s|
|18||1||#92 Porsche GT Team||Kevin Estre||2m11.219s|
|19||2||#52 AF Corse||Miguel Molina||2m12.351s|
|20||3||#91 Porsche GT Team||Richard Lietz||2m12.370s|
|21||4||#51 AF Corse||Alessandro Pier Guidi||2m12.443s|
|22||5||#63 Corvette Racing||Antonio Garcia||2m13.106s|
|23||1||#33 TF Sport||Ben Keating||2m14.660s|
|24||2||#98 Aston Martin Racing||Paul Dalla Lana||2m15.615s|
|25||3||#88 Dempsey-Proton Racing||Andrew Haryanto||2m16.319s|
|26||4||#54 AF Corse||Thomas Flohr||2m16.367s|
|27||5||#83 AF Corse||François Perrodo||2m17.560s|
|28||6||#47 Cetilar Racing||Roberto Lacorte||2m17.719s|
|29||7||#85 Iron Lynx||Manuela Gostner||2m18.452s|
|30||8||#86 GR Racing||Michael Wainwright||2m18.813s|
|31||9||#60 Iron Lynx||Claudio Schiavoni||2m20.356s|
|32||10||#56 Team Project 1||Egidio Perfetti||NO TIME|
|33||11||#77 Dempsey-Proton Racing||Christian Ried||NO TIME|
|34||12||#777 D’station Racing||Satoshi Hoshino||2m19.870s*|