Silverstone WEC: Toyota sees off Rebellion for pole
Toyota saw off its privateer LMP1 opposition to sweep the front row of the grid for this weekend's Silverstone FIA World Endurance Championship curtain-raiser.
Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway posted an average time of 1m36.015s in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid during Saturday's 20-minute qualifying session, beating the sister #8 car driven by Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima by exactly three tenths of a second.
The best of the privateers was the #1 Rebellion R-13 a further two tenths back in the hands of Bruno Senna and Gustavo Menezes.
Conway paid credit to the Toyota team after qualifying, revealing that the car had been rebuilt a new monocoque overnight.
The car he and Kobayashi share with Jose Maria Lopez was found to have sustained chassis damage after the Japanese driver spun across the kerbs at Becketts as the result of minor contact with one of the Rebellions in second practice.
"Thanks to the team for their work overnight," said Conway. "All in all it was a decent lap from me and then a great lap from Kamui to secure the pole."
Conway headed the times after the first runs with a 1m36.038s, before Kobayashi set the fast time of the session with a 1m35.992s. That gave them a 1m36.015s average, which compared with the 1m36.315s from Nakajima and Buemi.
Menezes set the fastest time by a privateer with the 1m36.521s, which shaded Senna's best by just seven hundredths.
They ended up on a 1m36.560s average, which was half a second quicker than the 1m37.024s from team-mates Nathanael Berthon and Pipo Derani in the sister Rebellion.
The two Ginetta G60-LT-P1s ended up fifth and sixth. Mike Simpson and Oliver Jarvis were only two tenths behind the second Rebellion with a 1m37.220s average in the #6 car.
Racing Team Nederland drivers Giedo van der Garde and Job van Uitert look pole in LMP2 aboard their TDS Racing-run Oreca on Michelin tyres.
Their 1m40.948s average put them seven tenths up on United Autosports Oreca drivers Paul di Resta and Phil Hanson, while the Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca qualified by Will Stevens and Gabriel Aubry was the first Goodyear runner in third place.
Ferrari takes 1-2 in GTE Pro
Ferrari blocked out the top two positions in GTE Pro, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi taking the pole from team-mates Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina by a shade over a tenth.
Calado was just behind Molina after the first runs before Pier Guidi set the fastest lap of the GTE session, which gave them a 1m54.171s average in their AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo. That compared with Rigon and Molina's 1m54.302s.
Alex Lynn and and Maxime Martin took third for Aston Martin with a 1m54.992s average in their Vantage GTE.
Gianmaria Bruni, who had a spin at Abbey halfway through the session as the result of a puncture, and Richard Lietz took fourth in the second-generation Porsche 911 RSR on 1m55.067s.
Reigning champions Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen brought up the rear of the six-car GTE Pro field in their Porsche behind the second of the Astons.
Charlie Eastwood and Salih Yoluc took GTE Am qualifying honours in the TF Sport Aston.
The #57 Project 1 Porsche did not take part in qualifying after a suffering an apparent engine issue in third practice earlier in the day.
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|1||51|| James Calado |
Alessandro Pier Guidi
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||1'54.171|
|2||71|| Davide Rigon |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||1'54.302||0.131|
|3||97|| Alex Lynn |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||1'54.992||0.821|
|4||91|| Gianmaria Bruni |
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||1'55.067||0.896|
|5||95|| Marco Sorensen |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||1'55.149||0.978|
|6||92|| Michael Christensen |
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||1'55.493||1.322|
|7||90|| Salih Yoluc |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||1'56.034||1.863|
|8||56|| Egidio Perfetti |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'56.371||2.20|
|9||98|| Paul Dalla Lana |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||1'56.469||2.298|
|10||83|| François Perrodo |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'56.489||2.318|
|11||54|| Thomas Flohr |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'56.742||2.571|
|12||77|| Christian Ried |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'57.351||3.180|
|13||88|| Thomas Preining |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'57.507||3.336|
|14||62|| Bonamy Grimes |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'57.934||3.763|
|15||86|| Michael Wainwright |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'58.199||4.028|
|16||70|| Motoaki Ishikawa |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'58.336||4.165|
|17||57|| Ben Keating |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM|
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