Kamui Kobayashi took the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar to its second pole position of the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Monza this afternoon beating the #50 Ferrari AF Corse Ferrari 499P driven by Antonio Fuoco by just 0.017s. LMP2 saw the #41 Team WRT take pole with Robert Kubica putting in a lap of 1m:39.354s.
LMGTE Am went the way of the #85 Iron Dames with Sarah Bovy driving the Porsche 911 RSR-19 to a lap of 1m:47.632.
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As the session began, the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar, piloted by Kobayashi, immediately caught everyone’s attention. Kobayashi unleashed the full potential of his machine, pushing it to its limits around the circuit. Lap after lap, he carved through the corners with precision and unleashed its raw power on the straights.
The crowd held their breath as the timing screens flashed the final result of Kobayashi’s flyer—a scorching lap time of 1m35.358s. It was an incredible achievement, securing the pole position for the #7 Toyota team. However, the competition was fierce, as just a mere 0.017 seconds behind Kobayashi, Antonio Fuoco in the #50 AF Corse Ferrari showcased his own exceptional skills and claimed second place.
In third position was the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar driven by Brendon Hartley, demonstrating the team’s dominance. Jean-Eric Vergne in the #93 Peugeot TotalEnergies Peugeot 9X8 managed to secure fourth place, further intensifying the battle between the manufacturers.
The Hypercar field continued to impress, with Alex Lynn piloting the Cadillac Racing V-Series.R to claim the fifth spot on the grid. The #51 Ferrari AF Corse, driven by Antonio Giovinazzi, completed the top six. The rest of the Hypercar field consisted of formidable contenders like the #94 Peugeot, #5 Porsche Penske, Hertz Team Jota Porsche, #6 Porsche Penske, Glickenhaus, Proton Porsche, and Floyd Vanwall.
While the Hypercar category stole the spotlight, the LMP2 class showcased its own thrilling battle for pole position. Robert Kubica, driving the #41 Team WRT entry, put on an awe-inspiring display of skill and speed. His peak lap of 1m39.354s left his competitors trailing behind, securing a brilliant pole position for the team.
Pietro Fittipaldi of the Jota team gave a valiant effort, falling just 0.3 seconds short of Kubica’s time and settling for second place. The #22 United Autosports, driven by Phil Hanson, claimed third position with a lap time of 1m39.790s.
The top six in the fiercely competitive LMP2 category were completed by Vector Sport, represented by Gabriel Aubry, Inter Europol Competition with Albert Costa behind the wheel, and the #31 Team WRT Oreca-Gibson.
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