Aston Martin Racing takes GTE-Pro pole at Mexico

Aston Martin Racing has dominated the GTE qualifying session for Saturday's 6 Hours of Mexico at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez by taking GTE-Pro and GTE-Am pole positions.

In the upper GTE-Pro Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen were the fastest at the wheel of the Young Driver AMR run #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE. Their combined a best average time of 1:40.458.

Nicki Thiim: 

I think the tire degradation is a concern for everybody in the GTE category. The degradation is quite hard for us but we’ll see tomorrow and find out what the weather is going to do. Mainly I’m looking forward to the Mexican party tomorrow!

Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway were second fastest with the sister #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, their time was 1:40.600.

AF Corse's Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado completed the top-three in GTE-Pro sharing the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE.

Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen were fourth with the #77 Porsche 911 RSR from Dempsey Proton Racing. Ferrari's Sam Bird and Davide Rigon were fifth with the AF Corse run #71 488 GTE.

Furstrating qualifying for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK. Stefan Mucke and Oliver Pla were sixth fastest with the #66 Ford GT. Harry Tincknell, Marino Franchitti and Andy Priaulx were seventh with the #67 Ford GT.

In GTE-Am, Aston Martin Racing was the fastest in the six-car field. Pole position in class went to Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda with the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

The #88 Porsche 911 RSR from Abu-Dhabi Racing was second fastest. The #86 Porsche 911 RSR from Gulf Racing was third.

UPDATE: The #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda has lost its pole position for technincal infringement. The Abu Dhabi Proton Racing #88 Porsche 911 RSR will start first ahead of the #86 Porsche 911 RSR from Gulf Racing.

Mexico Qualifying Results

Photos: Aston Martin / FIA WEC