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Porsche Sweeps Front Row for 6H Mexico

Porsche sweeps front row for 6H Mexico…

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Porsche has swept the front row for Sunday’s Six Hours of Mexico, with the FIA World Endurance Championship-leading No. 2 car taking its first pole of the season.

Under threatening skies, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard combined for a best two-lap average of 1:24.562 to edge out teammates Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy by 0.148 seconds.

It marked the German manufacturer’s first front row sweep since Le Mans last year.

Hartley and Bernhard will share driving duties with Earl Bamber tomorrow, as they seek their third straight win of the season.

The pair of Porsches, which have been the class of the field all weekend, again showed its strength over Toyota, which struggled in Free Practice but managed to close the gap in the 20-minute session, which ended in a slight drizzle.

The No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez will roll off third, with the No. 8 car fourth, eight tenths behind the pole-sitting Porsche.

Signatech Alpine scored its first LMP2 class pole of the season, with Nico Lapierre and Andre Negrao combining for a 1:32.809 in the No. 36 Alpine A470 Gibson.

Impressively, it was Negrao, in his first start in the team’s No. 36 entry, who set the quickest time of the session, at a 1:32.775.

Lapierre and Negrao outran the class championship-leading No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson of Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent by 0.296 seconds.

The No. 31 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca will start third in class after a lap from the No. 37 DC Racing Oreca was disallowed due to track limits.

The Six Hours of Mexico is set for Sunday at 12 p.m. CT.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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