6 Hours of Spa: Fernando Alonso to Start from Pole in WEC Debut

Fernando Alonso made his WEC qualifying debut on Friday in Spa-Francorchamps, the #8 LMP1 Toyota, which Fernando is part of qualified in 2nd place, but will lead the pack on Saturday, after the pole-sitting sister Toyota was excluded from qualifying.

Fernando was the first driver to set a lap time in the #8 Toyota, but it ended up being his only timed lap, as his second timed lap was compromised by a red flag, having to abroat it.

Alonso’s co-driver for this qualifying was Kazuki Nakajima, having set the faster lap of the two, avaraging a 1:54.962 lap time from the drivers’ best laps.

Originally after qualifying concluded, the #8 LMP1 Toyota’s lap time avarage was good enough for ‘only’ second place, but after the qualifying session concluded, it was found that the #7 Toyota was under breach of rules with incorrect declaration of the fuel flow.

The #7 Toyota which was found to have broken rules will now start the 6 Hours of Spa from the pit lane, meaning that the #8 car driven by Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi will start from pole position.

2018 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Qualifying Results
Pos.#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1.8spain Fernando Alonso 
japan Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS050 HybridLMP11’54.9620.379
2.1germany Andre Lotterer 
brazil Bruno Senna
Rebellion R13LMP11’56.4251.842
3.3switzerland Mathias Beche 
france Thomas Laurent
Rebellion R13LMP11’56.9922.409
4.11russia Vitaly Petrov 
russia Mikhail Aleshin 
BR Engineering BR1LMP11’58.2473.664
5.4united_kingdom Oliver Webb 
austria Dominik Kraihamer
ENSO CLM P1/01LMP11’58.6974.114
6.10sweden Henrik Hedman 
united_kingdom Ben Hanley
BR Engineering BR1LMP11’59.1584.575
7.36france Nicolas Lapierre 
france Pierre Thiriet
Alpine A470LMP22’02.4057.822
8.26france Jean-Eric Vergne 
russia Roman Rusinov
Oreca 07LMP22’02.4297.846
9.38china Ho-Pin Tung 
monaco Stéphane Richelmi
Oreca 07LMP22’02.8248.241
10.37malaysia Nabil Jeffri 
malaysia Weiron Tan
Oreca 07LMP22’03.0238.440