Le Mans
Credit: FIA WEC / Marius Hecker

Toyota GAZOO Racing topped the overall times in the first qualifying session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The first of two qualifying sessions took place, with Friday hosting ‘Hyperpole’ where the top six (five in LMP1) of each category would get themselves into that shoot-out.

Unlike the other qualifying sessions in the World Endurance Championship, the lap-times for each car would not be dictated by an average between two drivers.

Instead, it was down to the outright pace of each car/driver to get into Hyperpole.

In LMP1, both Toyotas topped the times as Jose Maria Lopez in the #7 set a fastest overall time of 3m17.089s ahead of former Le Mans champion Brendon Hartley in the #8.

The #4 ByKolles split the two Rebellions to round out the class.

A tight qualifying session in LMP2 had Racing Team Nederland’s Nyck De Vries set a time of 3m26.648s to top the class, +0.0449s ahead of second-placed Jackie Chan DC Racing (the only LMP2 with Goodyear tyres to get into Hyperpole).

Further down, reigning LMP2 Le Mans winners in the #36 Signatech Alpine Elf lost out to go 10th fastest in-class. They will be looking for a hat-trick of Le Mans wins this weekend.

Acura Team Penske driver (in IMSA, DPi class) Juan Pablo Montoya returned to Le Mans for Dragonspeed USA, setting a fastest time out of his crew of 3m29.741s for 16th in LMP2.

Following a crash for both IDEC Sport cars (#17 and #28) in FP2, the reigning ELMS champions did not participate in qualifying and will start at the back of the LMP2 field.

The WEC championship-leading #95 Aston Martin (in the hands of Richard Westbrook) topped the GTE field with a time of 3m50.872s, with its sister #97 closely behind in second.

The two AF Corse 488 GTE Evos sat behind the two Astons, as closely followed by the #91 and #92 Porsches.

The #63 WeatherTech Racing of Toni Vilander set a time of 3m52.508s, +0.241s ahead of the last-placed #82 Risi Competizione.

AMR also topped the Am field with their #98 entry, setting a fastest time of 3m52.778s.

The #83 AF Corse missed out on the top-six (and Hyperpole) by +0.023s away from the #56 Team Project 1 car.

Further down the Am field, the three Iron Lynx entries qualified closely together in 15th, 18th and 19th in-class.

Jan Magnussen, a Corvette Racing regular (a team not participating at Le Mans for the first time in 20 years), got the #66 JMW Motorsport 488 GTE Evo to 16th with a time of 3m56.383s.

The #52 AF Corse struggled to end up with the slowest time out of the 59-car field with a 4m01.217s, over a second behind the next Ferrari upwards (the #62).

OVERALL POSITION CLASS POSITION TEAM FASTEST TIME DIFF
LMP1
1 1 #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing 3m17.089s
2 2 #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing 3m17.336s 0.247s
3 3 #1 Rebellion Racing 3m21.598s 4.262s
4 4 #4 ByKolles Racing 3m24.468s 2.870s
5 5 #3 Rebellion Racing 3m24.632s 0.164s
LMP2
6 1 #29 Racing Team Nederland 3m26.648s
7 2 #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing 3m27.097s 0.449s
8 3 #22 United Autosports 3m27.148s 0.051s
9 4 #26 G-Drive Racing 3m27.366s 0.218s
10 5 #32 United Autosports 3m27.598s 0.232s
11 6 #33 High Class Racing 3m27.611s 0.013s
12 7 #38 JOTA 3m27.728s 0.117s
13 8 #16 G-Drive Racing By Algarve 3m27.767s 0.039s
14 9 #31 Panis Racing 3m27.791s 0.024s
15 10 #36 Signatech Alpine Elf 3m27.794s 0.003s
16 11 #27 Dragonspeed USA 3m27.913s 0.119s
17 12 #42 COOL Racing 3m28.509s 0.596s
18 13 #39 SO24-HAS By Graff 3m28.574s 0.065s
19 14 #30 Duqueine Team 3m29.091s 0.517s
20 15 #25 Algrave Pro Racing 3m29.402s 0.311s
21 16 #21 Dragonspeed USA 3m29.741s 0.339s
22 17 #47 Cetilar Racing 3m29.880s 0.139s
23 18 #35 Eurasia Motorsport 3m30.497s 0.617s
24 19 #24 Nielsen Racing 3m30.897s 0.400s
25 20 #50 Richard Mille Racing Team 3m31.020s 0.123s
26 21 #34 Inter Europol Competition 3m31.393s 0.373s
27 22 #11 Eurointernational 3m33.747s 2.354s
28 23 #17 IDEC Sport NO TIME SET
29 24 #28 IDEC Sport NO TIME SET
LM-GTE Pro
30 1 #95 Aston Martin Racing 3m50.872s
31 2 #97 Aston Martin Racing 3m50.925s 0.053s
32 3 #51 AF Corse 3m51.244s 0.319s
33 4 #71 AF Corse 3m52.988s 0.744s
34 5 #91 Porsche GT Team 3m52.036s 0.048s
35 6 #92 Porsche GT Team 3m52.142s 0.106s
36 7 #63 WeatherTech Racing 3m52.508s 0.366s
37 8 #82 Risi Competizione 3m52.749s 0.241s
LM-GTE Am
38 1 #98 Aston Martin Racing 3m52.778s
39 2 #90 TF Sport 3m52.961s 0.183s
40 3 #86 Gulf Racing 3m52.970s 0.009s
41 4 #61 Luzich Racing 3m53.292s 0.322s
42 5 #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing 3m53.334s 0.042s
43 6 #56 Team Project 1 3m53.598s 0.264s
44 7 #83 AF Corse 3m53.621s 0.023s
45 8 #99 Dempsey-Proton Racing 3m53.670s 0.049s
46 9 #57 Team Project 1 3m53.838s 0.168s
47 10 #54 AF Corse 3m54.144s 0.306s
48 11 #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing 3m54.281s 0.137s
49 12 #70 MR Racing 3m54.628s 0.347s
50 13 #72 Hub Auto Racing 3m55.308s 0.680s
51 14 #55 Spirit of Race 3m55.772s 0.464s
52 15 #75 Iron Lynx 3m56.141s 0.369s
53 16 #66 JMW Motorsport 3m56.383s 0.242s
54 17 #78 Proton Competition 3m56.475s 0.092s
55 18 #85 Iron Lynx 3m56.833s 0.358s
56 19 #60 Iron Lynx 3m57.876s 1.043s
57 20 #62 Red River Sport 4m00.084s 2.208s
58 21 #89 Team Project 1 4m00.691s 0.607s
59 22 #52 AF Corse 4m01.217s 0.526s

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