FIA WEC Season 9 rookie Charles Milesi was surprised to come out on top of the LMP2 field during qualifying earlier today for the 6 Hours of Monza.
The 20-year-old Frenchman secured his first pole position over the LMP2 field, also marking a first for Team WRT in the World Endurance Championship.
Milesi had driven at a WEC round before, at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours for Graff Racing, but did not finish.
His previous recorded pole position was in Formula Renault NEC, in 2018, which was also at Monza.
Milesi spoke in a post-qualifying press conference following his maiden pole efforts.
“After FP3, we were not really confident for the pace in qualifying so we’re quite surprised to be on pole now, but I think the team did a good job.
“I think we had a really good car… since the beginning of the year we were struggling in qualifying but now I think we’re on top.
“The team did a mega job and now we just need to focus on the race tomorrow. But we are in a really good position now.”
The Hypercar and LMP2 portion of the qualifying proceedings were action-packed with 19 cars looking to find space and pursue a flying lap.
Milesi took the top spot in LMP2 with a time of 1m38.527s before a red flag was deployed following a crash by Stoffel Vandoorne (#28).
The session restarted with just under three minutes on the clock and left it clear for one last flying lap for anyone to challenge Milesi’s time.
Reigning LMP2 driver’s champion Filipe Albuquerque got the #22 close behind by three-hundredths-of-a-second, but the glory went to the #31 to outqualify 11 other LMP2s.
Team WRT will start sixth in the overall order for tomorrow’s race and will aim to guard their LMP2 pole spot against the #22 United Autosports crew.