Hyperpole
Credit: FIA WEC / Harry Parvin

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
LMP1
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
LMP2
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
LM-GTE Pro
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
LM-GTE Am
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

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