Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre celebrate Interlagos poleToyota driver Alex Wurz snatched pole position for Saturday’s Sao Paulo 6 Hours on his first flying lap of World Endurance Championship qualifying.

Wurz set a time of 1m22.871s aboard the solo Toyota TS030 Hybrid to claim pole from sportscar newcomer Lucas di Grassi in the Audi R18 ultra around the 2.68-mile Interlagos circuit.

The Austrian then shaved half a second from his time to record a 1m22.363s on his second lap to go nearly eight tenths clear at the head of the timesheets and give Toyota’s current programme its first pole.

“I am very pleased to bring home this pole position,” said Wurz, who share the TS030 with Nicolas Lapierre.

“We said at the beginning of this project that if in year one we could make a pole, it would be a dream.

“We are using new technology in a car made against the clock, so with this gap I am extremely happy.”

Wurz dedicated his pole to ex-Formula 1 medical delegate Sid Watkins, who died earlier this week at the age of 84.

Third place went to the hybrid Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by Andre Lotterer. The German was just under two tenths shy of his team-mate.

The fastest privateer LMP1 runner was Neel Jani in the Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota B12/60. The Swiss shaded Danny Watts in the Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03a by just over a tenth.

Honours in the closely-fought LMP2 class went to Stephane Sarrazin in the Starworks HPD ARX-03b. His best lap of 1m27.048s compared with John Martin’s second-place time of 1m27.153s.

Aston Martin Racing claimed its first GTE Pro class pole. Darren Turner ended up two tenths quicker than Marc Lieb in the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 911 GT3-RSR.

Enrique Bernoldi took GTE Am qualifying honours in the AF Corse/Waltrip Ferrari 458 Italia.


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