Alex Wurz timed his run to perfection and with just five minutes of the qualifying session remaining and secured the first pole position for the Toyota Racing TS030 – Hybrid with a 1m22.383 lap around the Interlagos track. The Austrian driver’s time was 0.784 seconds faster than the time set by Lucas di Grassi in the nr2 Audi R18 Ultra and a further 0.185s ahead of the nr1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro.
The leading LMP1 Privateer was the nr12 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota of Neel Jani in 4th overall, with the nr21 Strakka Racing HPD-Honda of Danny Watts just 0.127s adrift in 5th overall.
There was a great battle for the LMP2 pole but Stephane Sarrazin in the nr44 Starworks Motorsports HPD-Honda took the top spot just ahead of John Martin in the nr25 ADR-Delta Oreca-Nissan and the nr26 Signatech Nissan Oreca-Nissan of Nelson Panciatici, with just 0.119 seconds splitting the three cars at the end of the 20-minute session.
Alex Wurz, nr7 Toyota Racing TS030-Hybrid: “Qualifying was really cool. We expected a really tough fight, especially as the car felt quite nervous in this morning’s practice. But the team did a good job on the set-up before qualifying and the car was very fast. The hybrid system was just amazing; it gave a big kick coming out of corners. Obviously it is a long race but to get pole position is a great feeling and it shows the car is very competitive. I am optimistic but don’t forget this is only our third race; it will be a difficult race against strong competition but we will go full attack tomorrow.”