Lopez claims pole at Monza for Toyota; Estre takes 2021 pole hat-trick

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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.

 

         

 

 

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