After three free practice sessions on Thursday and Friday, and four hours spent on the Spa circuit, the 37 crews entered in the 6 Hours of Spa were able to contest the qualifying session. The mythical Belgian circuit has been modified and resurfaced in places, with in particular the appearance or return of gravel traps at the Source bend, in Blanchimont or Stavelot and the widening of the clearance zones at the top of the Raidillon in order to avoid accidents,
Ten minutes for the GTE Pro and GTE Am, then ten minutes for the LMP2 and Hypercar, only one driver in the car and therefore not many possible attempts on a track completed in just over two minutes.
Alpine ahead of Toyota
In the queen category, where only four cars are lined up in the Ardennes (two Toyotas, an Alpine and a Glickenhaus), it is surprisingly the Glickenhaus n°708, driven by the Frenchman Olivier Pla, which signed the best time (2’02″771), thus giving the American team its first pole in the WEC. The gaps are very tight, with the Alpine of Matthieu Vaxivière at two tenths, and the two Toyotas, the n°7 (Kamui Kobayashi ) and n°8 (Brendon Hartley) three tenths behind.
In LMP2, the biggest category on the grid with 15 cars, the fastest was the n°83 AF Corse with Alessio Rovera at the wheel (2’04″246). The GTE Pro was dominated by the factory Porsche n° °91 of Gianmaria Bruni (2’14″301) and the GTE Am by an Aston Martin Vantage, that of TF Sport driven by Ben Keating (2’17″408). Start of the race Saturday at 1 p.m., to follow in live on the L’Equipe channel.