Porsche GT driver secured class-pole position for their #92 car and broke the GTE lap record with a 2m11.219s ahead of the 6 Hours of Spa.
The opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, Season 9, is set to take place this Saturday at 12.30pm (BST).
Before the six-hour race, a tense and thrilling qualifying session took place earlier today including the efforts of Porsche GT regular Kevin Estre.
“Everything perfect, simply unbelievable,” said the 32-year-old Frenchman who won in GTE-Pro last year.
“I had huge grip, but I made tiny errors on the first lap.
“Still, even that lap time would’ve been enough for pole position, but we made another attempt. On lap two, everything came together perfectly.”
Following two disruptions during the GTE qualifying session in the form of two near-identical GTE-Am crashes at the top of Eau Rouge, just over six minutes remained on the clock.
This enabled time for an outlap and only two flying laps after the red flags were gone but he pursued and set a pole time over a second ahead of the #52 AF Corse Ferrari rival.
“With an incredible setup, little fuel onboard and a lot of grip with fresh tyres, the Porsche 911 RSR drove like a dream. I’m very proud of this lap.”
His GTE record lap surpassed the qualifying record set at the 2019 event by the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK with a 2m12.885s.
Alexander Stehling, Head of Operations FIA WEC was pleased to see such impressive form.
“That was typically Estre – the way he planted the car on the front grid spot in a record-setting time.
“We’re very pleased, but there’s a lot of pressure as we look ahead to race day. We want to make the most out of the good conditions and at least finish the six-hour race in the same positions.”
LMGTE PRO POLE – Huge lap by @kevinestre (2.11.219) and first pole position for @PorscheRaces in #WEC 2021. It's also a new GTE Pro lap record at Spa-Francorchamps.#WEC #6HSpa pic.twitter.com/ZzF0QPOqBo
— WEC (@FIAWEC) April 30, 2021