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Toyota Scores Third Straight Pole for 6H Silverstone

Lopez, Conway, Kobayashi on pole for 6H Silverstone as Toyota continues dominance…

Photo: James Moy/Toyota

Toyota Gazoo Racing has taken its third consecutive pole of the FIA World Endurance Championship season with a front row lockout for the Six Hours of Silverstone.

Its No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid will start from the top position after being qualified by Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez with an average lap time of 1:36.895.

They will share the car with Kamui Kobayashi in tomorrow’s race.

Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso combined to take second position for the 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning No. 8 Toyota, 0.411 seconds behind the sister car.

SMP Racing had the fastest non-hybrids with its pair of BR Engineering BR1 AERs in third and fourth overall. Its No. 11 car qualified two seconds slower than the lead Toyota.

Rebellion Racing is on the third row, ahead of the DragonSpeed and ByKolles Racing entries.

Jackie Chan DC Racing swept LMP2 with its pair of Oreca 07 Gibsons significantly ahead of the rest of the seven-car field.

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Nabil Jeffri, Weiron Tan and Jazeman Jafaar will start the race from class pole, alongside the sister car, while the next quickest car, the Signatech Alpine Matmut entry, was 1.474 seconds off the pace.

Racing Team Nederland’s Dallara P217 Gibson will start fifth, while the field’s sole Ligier JS P217 Gibson, entered by Larbre Competition, is seventh and last in class.

The session was red-flagged for five minutes to collect Frits van Eerd’s Racing Team Nederland car from the gravel at Copse, although few improvements were made after the restart.

The Six Hours of Silverstone will get underway at 12 p.m. local time on Sunday.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.


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