Porsches take first row in Mexico
Brendon Hartley set the fastest lap of a qualifying session held under mixed conditions in Mexico to lay the foundations for the No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid’s first pole position of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. The Kiwi racing driver lapped in 1:24.459 before handing over to teammate Timo Bernhard. It is the 17th pole position for the Porsche 919 Hybrid since its debut in 2014 and the second this year after Neel Jani and André Lotterer had been fastest in the Spa-Francorchamps qualifying.
It will be a Porsche front row as Lotterer and Nick Tandy combined to achieve the German marque’s first front row of the season. The last front row lock-out for Porsche dates back to the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hour race. Toyota will start the 6 Hours of Mexico in third and fourth positions, with Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima respectively. In LMP2 the Signatech Alpine pair of Andre Negrao and Nicolas Lapierre ensured Les Bleues‘ first pole of the season.
Davide Rigon and Sam Bird were fastest in the LMGTE sharing the AF Corse’s Ferrari. Matteo Cairoli and Christian Ried put the Dempsey Proton Racing’s Porsche 911 RSR on pole in the AM class.