Toyota GAZOO Racing took overall pole position in an exciting Hyperpole session ahead of the final 24 Hours of Le Mans for their TS050 Hybrid LMP1.
This 30-minute thrilling session featured a thinned-out grid of competitors (23 cars) after yesterday’s initial qualifying session.
Teams would put one of their drivers into the cars to put down flat-out lap times using two dedicated sets of tyres for Hyperpole.
There was a fight for outright pole position in LMP1 as Rebellion’s Gustavo Menezez in the #1 asserted strong pace up against the Hybrid Toyotas.
A handful of ultra-fast lap times by Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 into pole position with a time of 3m15.267s.
On his final flying lap, he was set to beat his own Le Mans (qualifying) track record, but exceeded track limits to diminish that attempt.
The #1 Rebellion split the two Toyotas with a final time of 3m15.822s, over eight-tenths faster than the #8, a two-time reigning winner at Le Mans.
Behind the #3, was the #4 ByKolles which struggled to assert the pace against its LMP1 rivals. It set a time of 3m23.043s, nearly five seconds away from the fourth-placed #3 Rebellion Racing.
The #22 United Autosports topped the LMP2 category with a time of 3m24.528s in the hands of Paul Di Resta.
Just over three-tenths behind were the #26 G Drive Racing crew, as two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne set a 3m24.860s.
Racing Team Nederland qualified third in LMP2, after a brief moment at the entry to the Porsche Curves where he ran wide into the gravel. He recovered, and that #29 car later put down a time of 3m25.062s.
Behind the #33 High Class Racing, was the sister #32 United Autosports.
The only team (#37 Jackie Chan DC Racing) with Goodyear tyres (in Hyperpole) rounded the top-six in LMP2.
Gianmaria Bruni took the #91 Porsche to the fastest of the GTEs with a 3m50.874s, closely followed by reigning GTE-Pro Le Mans champions in the #51 AF Corse.
Behind were the two Aston Martins; the #95 qualified ahead of the #97 after both topping yesterday’s qualifying session.
Ferrari manufacturer driver and Formula E regular Sam Bird took the #71 ahead of Michael Christensen’s #92 Porsche.
In the Am class, Luzich Racing took pole +0.056s ahead of the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing.
The #56 Team Project 1 followed behind with a time of 3m51.647s, ahead of the #98 Aston Martin Racing.
TF Sport ahead of the #86 Gulf Racing both rounded off the top-six in the GTE-Am category.
|OVERALL POSITION||CLASS POSITION||TEAM||FASTEST TIME||DIFF|
|1||1||#7 Toyota GAZOO Racing||3m15.267s|
|2||2||#1 Rebellion Racing||3m15.822s||0.555s|
|3||3||#8 Toyota GAZOO Racing||3m16.649s||0.827s|
|4||4||#3 Rebellion Racing||3m18.330s||1.681s|
|5||5||#4 ByKolles Racing||3m23.043s||4.713s|
|6||1||#22 United Autosports||3m24.528s|
|7||2||#26 G-Drive Racing||3m24.860s||0.332s|
|8||3||#29 Racing Team Nederland||3m25.062s||0.202s|
|9||4||#33 High Class Racing||3m25.426s||0.364s|
|10||5||#32 United Autosports||3m25.671s||0.245s|
|11||6||#37 Jackie Chan DC Racing||3m25.875s||0.204s|
|12||1||#91 Porsche GT Team||3m50.874s|
|13||2||#51 AF Corse||3m51.115s||0.241s|
|14||3||#95 Aston Martin Racing||3m51.241s||0.126s|
|15||4||#97 Aston Martin Racing||3m51.324s||0.083s|
|16||5||#71 AF Corse||3m51.515s||0.191s|
|17||6||#92 Porsche GT Team||3m51.770s||0.255s|
|18||1||#61 Luzich Racing||3m51.266s|
|19||2||#77 Dempsey-Proton Racing||3m51.322s||0.056s|
|20||3||#56 Team Project 1||3m51.647s||0.325s|
|21||4||#98 Aston Martin Racing||3m52.105s||0.458s|
|22||5||#90 TF Sport||3m52.299s||0.194s|
|23||6||#86 Gulf Racing||3m52.346s||0.047s|