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WEC Sebring: Fuoco gives Ferrari pole for opening race of the season

The #50 Ferrari of Antonio Fuoco will be starting from the number one spot on the grid for the 1000 miles of Sebring, in the Hypercar class.

The Toyota’s at one stage looked like they were going to dominate as usual with them sitting 1-2, but then Fuoco set a time of 1:45.067 to take the pole for Ferrari.

Toyota isn’t far behind though with Brendon Hartley in the #8 Toyota only 0.214 off, and Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 car only 0.481.

One thing is for certain though, this is no longer a class Toyota can just turn up and dominate.

Two manufacturers that need to worry though, are Porsche and Peugeot.

The two squads are usually masters of endurance racing and were both over two seconds off of the pole position time, which leaves them with a lot of catching up to do for the race, as they are starting in positions sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth respectively.


Meanwhile, in the Lmp2 class the car that claimed the pole position was the #23 United Autosports car driven by Oliver Jarvis, who broke into the one-minute 49s with a time of 1:49.974.


He was followed by Pietro Fittipaldi in the #28 Jota car, who was only 0.093 off of Jarvis’s pole time, in a session that saw the LMP2 cars just get faster and faster.

In third was Robin Frijns in the #31 team WRT LMP2, with him only being 0.181 off, showing that his broken hand is feeling a lot better with this being his first race back since it was broken.


Lastly in GTE Am the pole position went to Sarah Bovy in the #85 Iron Dames Porsche 911 RSR, with her having a session-long fight with Ben Keating in the #33 Corvette.

Bovy was really on that absolute limit the whole time with her nearly hitting the tires as she came off the last corner almost every single lap.

She set a time of 1:58.949, which was 0.396 faster than Keating’s best time of the session.

They were both followed by the #25 ORT by TF Aston Martin, driven by Ahmad AL Harthy, who was 0.708 off of the pole in third.



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