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WEC - Lopez claims Pole at Monza for Toyota; Estre Takes 2021 Pole Hat-Trick

17.07.21

Toyota will start from a 1-2 position for tomorrow’s WEC 6 Hours of Monza after Jose-Maria Lopez set the fastest time in the 10-minute qualifying session this evening that was interrupted by a red flag due to the no28 JOTA Oreca-Gibson crashing into the barriers.  Porsche took the LMGTE pole as Kevin Estre swept to his fourth consecutive top spot in the no92 Porsche 911 RSR 19. 

Hypercar  
  • Jose-Maria Lopez in No.7 Toyota GR010-Hybrid Hypercar takes 0.7s off this morning’s best time as the Argentinian sets a rapid best lap of 1m35.899s 
  • Lopez recovered from lock-up at first chicane on his first two laps, which he was forced to abandon and take to the escape road both times
  • No8 Toyota is second as Brendon Hartley sets 1m35.961s to make it another Toyota 1-2, just 0.062s behind. 
  • No36 Alpine ELF Matmut A480-0Gibson is third as Nicolas Lapierre laps in 1m36.121s after car is repaired from early morning accident  
  • Pipo Derani ensures Glickenhaus Racing start on outside of the second row as he claims a fastest lap of 1m36.995s 
  • The second Glickenhaus 007 LMH car is fifth as Richard Westbrook qualifies 0.328 in arrears to teammate.  


LMGTE Pro  

  • Porsche takes pole in LMGTE Pro class as No.92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 driven by Kevin Estre sets best time of 1m45.412s 
  • Estre is unbeaten in 2021 as he celebrated third consecutive pole position and was also on pole in Bahrain at the end of last season.
  • French ace’s best time is just 0.065s faster than chasing No.51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi 
  • No91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Gimmi Bruni places third but half a second away from sister Porsche   
  • No52 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo driven by Miguel Molina places fourth in second AF Corse entry 


LMP2  

  • Charles Milesi sets 1m38.527 to claim first WEC pole for Team WRT  
  • Milesi’s lap just pips Filipe Albuquerque, who sets brilliant last ditch lap to get within 0.030s in United Autosport USA car! 
  • Ben Hanley driven Dragonspeed USA place entry sets third best lap of 1m38.663s. Team is also the leading Pro/Am entry in LMP2. 
  • Racing Team Nederland place fourth as Nyck de Vries laps in 1m38.726s 
  • JOTA suffer difficult session as no28 car driven by Stoffel Vandoorne crashes heavily at second Lesmo corner and causes session to be red flagged, leaving a 2m47s dash to the flag when the session goes green again.
  • Anthony Davidson sets late lap to claim sixth in second JOTA entry

 
LMGTE Am  
  • TF Sport Aston Martin takes second pole of the 2021 season as Ben Keating flies to a 1m47.272s best lap after titanic battle 
  • No83 AF Corse squad second with a best lap set by Francois Perrodo just 0.269s back from Keating’s pole time 
  • Cetilar Racing place third as Roberto Lacorte laps within 0.409s of pole as team continues fightback after practice accident.

The 6 Hours of Monza will get underway at 12h00 on Sunday 18 July.