Monza WEC: Toyota locks out front row ahead of Alpine
Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez bounced back from a mistake on his first hot lap in qualifying to claim pole for Sunday's FIA World Endurance Championship round at Monza.
Lopez went straight on at the first chicane on his opening attempt, but two laps later he was able to get down to a 1m35.899s in the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid to snatch the pole from team-mate Brendon Hartley.
Hartley's 1m35.961s left him just six hundredths behind Lopez, who has been fastest in every session of the Monza weekend so far, and was good enough for second position.
Lopez said: "It's not usual to be quickest in every session: I felt confident, but I put a bit of suspense into it.
"We'd discussed with the team that we were only going to go once, so I went for it and still managed to do the lap after three laps on the tyres."
Nicolas Lapierre was only two tenths off Lopez in the Alpine A480-Gisbon grandfathered LMP1 car with a best lap of 1m36.121s.
The Frenchman made a last bid for pole after the 10-minute session was red-flagged when Stoffel Vandoorne crashed his Jota ORECA 07 LMP2 on the exit of the second Lesmo right-hander, but failed to improve his time.
The best of the two Glickenhaus-Pipo 007 LMHs got within a second of the pace after a late improvement from fourth-placed Pipo Derani.
The Brazilian found three tenths with a 1m36.686s right at the end of the session, although he did not improve his position in the five-car Hypercar field.
#708 Glickenhaus Racing Glickenhaus 007 LMH: Luis Felipe Derani, Gustavo Menezes, Olivier Pla
Photo by: Paolo Belletti
Richard Westbrook, who didn't go for a time after the red flag, ended up fifth with a best lap of 1m38.323s.
Charles Milesi took a maiden WEC pole in LMP2 for the Belgian WRT squad.
The Frenchman's 1m38.527s aboard his ORECA 07 set before the red flag secured him the top spot despite a late improvement from Filipe Albuquerque after the break.
The United Autosports ORECA driver got to within three hundredths of the WRT car with a 1m38.557s to move up to second.
Ben Hanley took third position for DragonSpeed with a 1m38.663s, while Nyck de Vries was fourth for Racing Team Nederland.
Kevin Estre maintained his monopoly on the GTE Pro pole with his third qualifying top spot of the season — and fourth in a row — for Porsche.
The Frenchman posted a 1m45.412s on his second flier after straight-lining the first chicane on his opening lap to just do enough to beat Alessandro Pier Guidi in the best of the factory AF Corse Ferraris.
Pier Guidi's 1m45.477s in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo gave him a margin of just over a tenth over the second Porsche 911 RSR in which Gianmaria Bruni made a late improvement to 1m45.844s.
Miguel Molina took fourth in the #52 Ferrari with a 1m46.214s.
Ben Keating came out on top in a battle for GTE Am pole with Francois Perrodo that continued after the chequered flag had fallen.
Both drivers set their fastest times on their last laps of the 10-minute session, TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage driver Keating's 1m47.272s just shading Perrodo's 1m47.541s in the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.
Hypercar and LMP2 results:
|1||7|| Mike Conway
Jose Maria Lopez
|Toyota GR010 - Hybrid||HYPERCAR||1'35.899|
|2||8|| Sébastien Buemi
|Toyota GR010 - Hybrid||HYPERCAR||1'35.961||0.062|
|3||36|| Andre Negrao
|4||708|| Pipo Derani
|Glickenhaus 007 LMH||HYPERCAR||1'36.686||0.787|
|5||709|| Romain Dumas
|Glickenhaus 007 LMH||HYPERCAR||1'38.323||2.424|
|6||31|| Robin Frijns
|7||22|| Philip Hanson
|8||21|| Henrik Hedman
Juan Pablo Montoya
|9||29|| Frits van Eerd
Nyck de Vries
|10||82|| Ryan Cullen
|11||38|| Roberto Gonzalez
Antonio Felix da Costa
|12||70|| Esteban Garcia
|13||34|| Jakub Smiechowski
Renger van der Zande
|14||1|| Tatiana Calderon
|15||20|| Jan Magnussen
|16||44|| Miro Konopka
|Ligier JSP 217||LMP2||1'40.413||4.514|
|17||28|| Sean Gelael
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GTE Pro and Am results:
|1||92|| Kevin Estre
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||5||1'45.412|
|2||51|| Alessandro Pier Guidi
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||5||1'45.477||0.065|
|3||91|| Gianmaria Bruni
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||5||1'45.844||0.432|
|4||52|| Daniel Serra
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||5||1'46.214||0.802|
|5||33|| Ben Keating
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||6||1'47.272||1.860|
|6||83|| François Perrodo
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||6||1'47.541||2.129|
|7||47|| Roberto Lacorte
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||6||1'47.950||2.538|
|8||56|| Egidio Perfetti
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||6||1'48.057||2.645|
|9||61|| Christoph Ulrich
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||6||1'48.227||2.815|
|10||54|| Thomas Flohr
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||5||1'48.403||2.991|
|11||85|| Rahel Frey
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||6||1'48.437||3.025|
|12||98|| Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||5||1'48.457||3.045|
|13||388|| Pierre Ehret
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||5||1'48.700||3.288|
|14||77|| Christian Ried
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||6||1'48.766||3.354|
|15||777|| Satoshi Hoshino
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||5||1'49.128||3.716|
|16||88|| Andrew Haryanto
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||5||1'49.211||3.799|
|17||86|| Michael Wainwright
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||6||1'49.244||3.832|
|18||46|| Dennis Olsen
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||5||1'51.051||5.639|
|19||60|| Claudio Schiavoni
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||2|
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