Toyota locked out the front row for the opening race of the FIA WEC season at Silverstone, with Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway taking pole ahead of the sister entry of Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.

Conway’s second sector on his opening flying lap in the number 8 Toyota was a massive seven-tenths ahead of teammate Kazuki Nakajima in the sister car, but a flying Bruno Senna in the number 1 Rebellion was a mere half a second off the ultimate pace and threatening to split the Japanese squad.

At the change of drivers, Kamui Kobayashi went fractionally quicker than teammate Conway while the number 3 Rebellion of Pipo Derani had his quickest lap scuppered when the Cool Racing LMP2 of Nicolas Lapierre cut across his bows in the braking zone.

In the end, it was the number 1 Rebellion who was the best of the non-hybrids, ahead of the sister Rebellion entry and both Team LNT Ginetta entries rounding out the top five.

In LMP2, the number 29 Racing Team Nederland entry of Job van Uitert took pole ahead of Phil Hanson in the number 22 United Autosports Oreca 07, heading the number 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing entry of Gabriel Aubry.

The Jota-Sport run car was the first of the Goodyear shod entries, with their sister car disappointingly further down the order than expected.

At the start of GT qualifying, massive slide from Gianmaria Bruni saw the number 91 Porsche driver get through unscathed, albeit with a wasted set of tyres and a fair amount of tyre carcass on track. Consequently, the red flags were brought out to clean up the debris.

When qualifying resumed, AF Corse jumped out of the blocks with both Ferrari’s topping the order until the number 95 Aston Martin of Michael Sorensen threatened to steal the show with a 1:55.43.

Alessandro Pier Guidi was having none of it though and his lap of 1:54.171 was enough to take pole for AF Corse ahead of teammate Miguel Molina and the number 97 Aston Martin Vantage of Alex Lynn.

In GTE Am, Charlie Eastwood took honours for Aston Martin in the number 90 TF Sport machine ahead of the number 56 Team Project 1 Porsche of Egidio Perfetti and Paul Dalla Lana in the number 98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage.

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