WEC Sebring: Fuoco gives Ferrari pole on Hypercar debut over Toyota
Ferrari stunned Toyota by taking the first pole position of the 2023 World Endurance Championship season ahead of this weekend's Sebring 1000 Miles.
Antonio Fuoco set what turned out to be the benchmark time of 1m45.067s in the quicker of the two brand-new Ferrari 499P Le Mans Hypercars, which are making their race debut this weekend.
Fuoco's lap in the #50 car, which he shares with Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen, knocked the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Brendon Hartley off provisional pole to the tune of almost three tenths of a second.
Hartley was able to shave almost a tenth off his best time to get down to a 1m45.281s, but Toyota had to admit defeat as the tyres went past their peak in the closing stages of the 15-minute Hypercar session.
Kamui Kobayashi was third-fastest in the #7 Toyota, 0.481s away from pole, ahead of the #51 Ferrari in which Alessandro Pier Guidi was eight tenths off the pace with a minor off at Turn 7.
Cadillac secured fifth on the grid with its solo Chip Ganassi Racing-run V.Series.R, Alex Lynn beating the two Porsche 963s to the honour of top LMDh runner.
Lynn spent the first part of the session in the pits with an apparent issue but managed to return to the track with six minutes remaining to set a 1m46.082s, which was over a second quicker than either Kevin Estre or Michael Christensen managed in their Porsches.
Peugeot was a disappointing eighth and ninth with its two 9X8 LMHs, the faster of which was 2.3s off the pace with Loic Duval at the wheel.
The sister #93 car of Mikkel Jensen briefly stopped on track at the start of the session before resuming.
Glickenhaus and Vanwall rounded out the 11-car Hypercar field, both over four seconds off the pace.
#23 United Autosports Oreca 07 - Gibson: Oliver Jarvis
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United Autosports and Iron Dames claim class poles
Oliver Jarvis bagged LMP2 pole for United Autosports in the #23 ORECA 07-Gibson he shares with Tom Blomqvist and Josh Pierson.
A best time of 1m49.974s from Jarvis was enough to overhaul Jota's full-season #28 ORECA of Pietro Fittipaldi by 0.093s.
The 12-car field was split between those cars that opted to change tyres midway through the 15-minute session and those that didn't, but the top two runners fell in the latter category.
WRT opted for mid-session pitstops for both cars, with the faster #31 car of Robin Frijns coming third ahead of the lead Alpine entry, the #36 car of Matthieu Vaxiviere, which likewise opted for a tyre change.
Jota's #48 car, which is running at Sebring in place of the team's yet-to-be delivered Porsche 963, was fifth-fastest in the hands of Yifei Ye.
In GTE Am, the first pole of the new season went the way of the #85 Iron Dames Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting.
Bovy came out on top in an entertaining tussle with Corvette Racing's Ben Keating with a best lap of 1m58.949s, which was enough to beat the only C8.R in the field by 0.396s.
Third-fastest was the #25 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage of Ahmad Al Harthy, while Luis Perez Companc ensured all four manufacturers were represented in the top four in the #83 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE.
The Sebring 1000 Miles starts on Friday at 12pm local time (GMT -5).
WEC Sebring - Hypercar Qualifying results:
|1||50|| Antonio Fuoco
|2||8|| Sébastien Buemi
|Toyota GR010 - Hybrid||HYPERCAR||1'45.281||0.214|
|3||7|| Mike Conway
Jose Maria Lopez
|Toyota GR010 - Hybrid||HYPERCAR||1'45.548||0.481|
|4||51|| Alessandro Pier Guidi
|5||2|| Earl Bamber
|6||6|| Kevin Estre
|7||5|| Dane Cameron
|8||94|| Loic Duval
|9||93|| Paul di Resta
|10||708|| Romain Dumas
|11||4|| Tom Dillmann
|Vanwall Vandervell 680||HYPERCAR||1'49.329||4.262|
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WEC Sebring - LMP2 Qualifying results:
|1||23|| Josh Pierson
|2||28|| David Heinemeier Hansson
|3||31|| Sean Gelael
|4||36|| Matthieu Vaxiviere
|5||48|| David Beckmann
|6||41|| Rui Andrade
|9||10|| Ryan Cullen
|10||63|| Doriane Pin
|11||34|| Jakub Smiechowski
|12||35|| Andre Negrao
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WEC Sebring - GTE Am Qualifying results:
|1||85|| Sarah Bovy
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||6||1'58.949|
|2||33|| Ben Keating
|Chevrolet Corvette C8.R||LMGTE AM||7||1'59.345||0.396|
|3||25|| Ahmad Al Harthy
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||7||1'59.657||0.708|
|4||83|| Luis Perez Companc
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||7||1'59.733||0.784|
|5||21|| Stefano Costantini
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||6||1'59.992||1.043|
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||7||2'00.588||1.639|
|7||57|| Takeshi Kimura
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||8||2'00.591||1.642|
|8||98|| Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||7||2'00.807||1.858|
|9||777|| Satoshi Hoshino
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||6||2'00.941||1.992|
|10||54|| Thomas Flohr
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||7||2'01.041||2.092|
|11||77|| Christian Ried
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||7||2'01.054||2.105|
|12||86|| Michael Wainwright
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||7||2'02.588||3.639|
|13||60|| Claudio Schiavoni
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||6||2'02.820||3.871|
|14||88|| Ryan Hardwick
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||0|
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