Tomorrow is the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, in case you’ve forgotten: race number two of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season. Although Porsche fans may have learned a thing or two at last month’s 6 Hours of Silverstone, perhaps some excitement is warranted.
Why is that, you ask? Because not only will this race debut the third Porsche 919 Hybrid that will run at Le Mans next month, increasing the automaker’s number of eligible cars in the running, but at today’s Qualifying round at the technical Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Porsche nabbed the first, second, and third grid positions. Rival sister brand Audi made for some fierce competition, but was ultimately relegated to fourth and fifth, according to Motorsport.com.
The No. 17 car driven by Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, and Brendon Hartley won the honors of placing first during the Spa-Francorchamps Qualifying round, and will lead from the pole position at tomorrow’s race. With an average lap time just 0.258 seconds behind, the No. 19 car will start second. That entry is being driven by Nick Tandy and, making his Endurance Racing debut, F1 driver
Nico “The Incredible” Hülkenberg. Following in third is the No. 18 car of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, and Neel Jani.
Of course, being among the quickest around the track has never been of any particular difficulty for Porsche; it’s keeping all three cars on the track until finish that will likely pose the biggest threat at Spa-Francorchamps tomorrow. Barring any disfiguring crashes or gearbox failures, we’d say Porsche has as good a shot as Audi or Toyota – perhaps better.