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Glickenhaus Scores Maiden WEC Pole at Spa

Oliver Pla delivers American squad’s first WEC pole, beating Alpine and both Toyotas…

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Glickenhaus Racing took its maiden pole position in the FIA World Endurance Championship as Olivier Pla set the fastest lap in qualifying for the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa.

Pla set a lap of 2:02.771 behind the wheel of the No. 708 Glickenhaus 007 Pipo to outqualify the No. 36 Alpine A480-Gibson of Matthieu Vaxiviere by 0.228s.

It marks the first pole position for the American automaker on its premier appearance at the Belgian circuit.

Toyota took third and fourth respectively, with Kamui Kobayashi leading the GR010 Hybrids with a best effort of 2:03.087 ahead of teammate Brendon Hartley.

In LMP2, Alessio Rovera put in a last-gap effort to take pole position in LMP2.

The Italian reeled off a lap of 2:04.246 behind the wheel of the No. 83 AF Corse Oreca 07 Gibson.

That was enough to beat out the No. 31 Team WRT Oreca of Robin Frijns by a mere 0.044 seconds. 

It marks the first time AF Corse has secured pole position since it stepped up to LMP2 competition in preparation for the Ferrari Hypercar program.

Filipe Albuquerque was third for United Autosports, ahead of Prema’s Louis Deletraz and Norman Nato rounding out the top five in the No. 41 Realteam by WRT Oreca.

Bruni bests Christensen to GTE-Pro pole

Gianmaria Bruni beat Porsche teammate Michael Christensen to lock out the front row in GTE-Pro, with Corvette beating Ferrari to third.

Bruni put in a 2:14.301 behind the wheel of the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 at the flag, going 0.180 seconds up on Christensen.

The Dane looked to have pole position sealed with a best effort of 2:14.481, but dropped down to second place at the flag.

In third place, Nick Tandy put in Corvette Racing’s best showing of the weekend so far.

The Briton posted a 2:14.606 behind the wheel of the No. 64 Corvette C8.R to initially jump up to second place before Bruni’s pole lap demoted him down to third.

The American squad out qualified both AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evos, with Alessandro Pier Guidi fourth in the No. 51 ahead of the sister car driven by Miguel Molina.

Ben Keating captured pole position in GTE-Am, coming back from having his opening lap deleted to lead an Aston Martin one-two.

The Texan reeled off a 2:17.408 to take his second consecutive pole of the season aboard the No. 33 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AMR.

He outpaced his nearest competition, the No. 98 NorthWest AMR of Paul Dalla Lana, by 1.5 seconds.

Brendan Iribe was third in the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche ahead of Iron Dames’ Christina Nielsen, making her first appearance for the Italian squad.

Niki Leutwiler rounded out the top five in the second Team Project 1 car.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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