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Cars #7, #38, #52 and #88 claimed their respective class pole positions during a thrilling fight to get into tomorrow’s Hyperpole shootout.

The first of the two qualifying sessions take place in cool conditions for a 1-hour intense fight for a spot in the top-six entries in each category.

All Hypercars went through to Hyperpole but they were keen to show their pace.

Just two cars in GTE-Pro were eliminated after this session with total eight entries.

Glickenhaus Racing used two different tyre compounds between the two cars: the #709 using the soft slicks as the #708 used mediums.

Most of the field came out to begin their first flying lap, predictably setting up F1-qualifying-style congestion into the Ford Chicane en route.

A FCY was deployed 10-minutes in when Paul Loup Chatin got the left-rear wheel off-track into Tetre Rouge, thus entering a slide to put the left into the wall.

The #48’s session came to an end due to gearbox damage from the left-side impact.

Times were coming in as it emerged the LMP2 field was tightly-packed to pursue the all-important threshold.

Paul Dalla Lana got his #98 Aston Martin Racing GTE-Am stuck into the gravel trap at the Forest Curves but drove away once he was retrieved – during which a Slow Zone was declared.

Halfway through the session, the #7 lead over the #8 ahead of the #36 Alpine.

Just 15 minutes before the end, Rahel Frey in the #85 got stuck in the gravel trap at the Dunlop Chicane but drove away once helped by the marshalls.

However, the resulting slow zone affected a few cars having to back off their flying runs.

In LMP2, the #38 JOTA with Antonio Felix Da Costa behind the wheel secured top position ahead of the #26 G-Drive Racing and the #41 Team WRT.

Reigning winners United Autosports had two cars get into Hyperpole, but not their #22 which one last year.

With apparent pace, Filipe Albuquerque was frustrated with having his flying lap put to a stop by GTE traffic and a FCY from earlier in the session.

The #84 Innovative Car qualified above two LMP2 competitors by the end.

In GTE-Pro, the #72 WeatherTech Racing and #63 Corvette Racing were eliminated, the latter of whom struggling to surpass the GTE-Am times set.

Speaking of which, it was the #88 of Julien Andauler who topped the class ahead of the #86 and the #47 Cetilar Racing.

Notable work from Ben Barnicoat from the #72 Inception Racing Ferrari to make it into Hyperpole.

They make their Le Mans debut this weekend and were unable to participate at the WEC 6 Hours of Monza due to induced damage in FP2.

OVERALL POSITION CLASS POSITION TEAM Best Time
Diff. to session pole
Hypercar
1 1 #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing 3m26.279s – –
2 2 #36 Alpine Elf Matmut 3m27.095s 0.816s
3 3 #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing 3m27.671s 1.392s
4 4 #708 Glickenhaus Racing 3m28.256s 1.977s
7 5 #709 Glickenhaus Racing 3m29.381s 3.102s
LMP2
5 1 #38 JOTA 3m28.807s 2.528s
6 2 #26 G-Drive Racing 3m29.246s 2.967s
8 3 #41 Team WRT 3m29.441s 3.162s
9 4 #65 Panis Racing 3m29.508s 3.229s
10 5 #32 United Autosports 3m29.688s 3.409s
11 6 #23 United Autosports 3m29.830s 3.551s
12 7 #28 JOTA 3m29.835s 3.556s
13 8 #70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am) 3m29.861s 3.582s
14 9 #24 PR1 Motorsports Mathiasen (Pro/Am) 3m30.123s 3.844s
15 10 #48 IDEC Sport 3m30.166s 3.887s
16 11 #31 Team WRT 3m30.182s 3.903s
17 12 #22 United Autosports 3m30.234s 3.955s
18 13 #21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am) 3m30.323s 4.044s
19 14 #82 Risi Competizione 3m30.418s 4.139s
20 15 #30 Duqueine Team 3m30.691s 4.412s
21 16 #17 IDEC Sport (Pro/Am) 3m30.709s 4.430s
22 17 #29 Racing Team Nederland (Pro/Am) 3m30.843s 4.564s
23 18 #34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am) 3m30.908s 4.629s
24 19 #25 G-Drive Racing (Pro/Am) 3m31.203s 4.924s
25 20 #49 High Class Racing 3m31.830s 5.551s
26 21 #20 High Class Racing (Pro/Am) 3m32.252s 5.973s
27 22 #44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am) 3m32.446s 6.167s
28 23 #1 Richard Mille Racing 3m32.598s 6.319s
30 24 #39 SO24-DIROB by Graff (Pro/Am) 3m34.005s 7.726s
31 25 #74 Racing Team India Eurasia (Pro/Am) 3m36.012s 9.733s
Innovative Car
29 1 #84 Association SRT41 3m33.538s 7.259s
LM-GTE Pro
32 1 #52 AF Corse 3m46.011s 19.732s
33 2 #51 AF Corse 3m46.581s 20.302s
34 3 #92 Porsche GT Team 3m46.779s 20.500s
35 4 #64 Corvette Racing 3m47.074s 20.795s
36 5 #72 Hub Auto Racing 3m47.599s 21.320s
37 6 #91 Porsche GT Team 3m47.624s 21.345s
38 7 #79 WeatherTech Racing 3m47.682s 21.403s
44 8 #63 Corvette Racing 3m49.643s 23.364s
LM-GTE Am
39 1 #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing 3m48.620s 22.341s
40 2 #86 GR Racing 3m49.100s 22.821s
41 3 #47 Cetilar Racing 3m49.102s 22.823s
42 4 #71 Inception Racing 3m49.462s 23.183s
43 5 #56 Team Project 1 3m49.608s 23.329s
45 6 #33 TF Sport 3m49.663s 23.384s
46 7 #80 Iron Lynx 3m49.693s 23.414s
47 8 #57 Kessel Racing 3m49.715s 23.436s
48 9 #99 Proton Competition 3m49.788s 23.509s
49 10 #54 AF Corse 3m49.829s 23.550s
50 11 #83 AF Corse 3m49.881s 23.602s
51 12 #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing 3m49.913s 23.634s
52 13 #18 Absolute Racing 3m50.016s 23.737s
53 14 #388 Rinaldi Racing 3m50.018s 23.739s
54 15 #95 TF Sport 3m50.059s 23.780s
55 16 #98 Aston Martin Racing 3m50.156s 23.877s
56 17 #85 Iron Lynx 3m50.314s 24.035s
57 18 #60 Iron Lynx 3m50.768s 24.489s
58 19 #777 D’station Racing 3m51.107s 24.828s
59 20 #46 Team Project 1 3m51.411s 25.132s
60 21 #55 Spirit of Race 3m52.088s 25.809s
61 22 #66 JMW Motorsport 3m52.304s 26.025s
62 23 #69 Herbeth Motorsport 3m52.960s 26.681s
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