The #7 of Kamui Kobayashi took overall Hyperpole for Round 4 of the FIA WEC, the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend on 21-22 August.
It was a picturesque dusk scene at Le Mans ahead of a 30-minute fight for Hyperpole position across four categories.
Yesterday hosted an incident-filled 1-hour session which featured the full 62-car field which fought for the top-six. Now 23 would fight for the top spots.
An impressive first outing by the outright lap record holder Kamui Kobayashi when he set a competitive time of 3m23.900s to land provisional Hyperpole.
Eight minutes into the session and Kevin Estre, who claimed all GTE-Pro pole positions so far this season, overcooked the Indianapolis corner thus sending the rear into the wall.
Due to the fact he caused a Red Flag deployment, he was not allowed to take part any further.
Gianmaria Bruni in the sister works Porsche struggled to put down the pace of the 911 RSR GTE to set a 3m47.696s.
The #8 of Brendon Hartley took P2 in Hypercars and was unable to chase his sister Hypercar’s lap time also.
The fight for third overall was close between Nico Lapierre in the #36 Alpine, who struggled to put down his pace to escape the jaws of Olivier Pla and his SCG 007 LMH.
Kobayashi took Hyperpole last year, and repeated the achievement again this evening for the fourth time in five years.
Antonio Felix Da Costa took pole in the LMP2 category, followed by Dries Vanthoor in the #72 Hub Auto Racing in GTE-Pro with a 3m46.882s.
Finally, Julien Andlauer put the #88 on pole position in the final GTE-Am category with a time of 3m47.987s.
In LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am, the times/positions for outside their top-six can be seen in the previous qualifying report.
|OVERALL POSITION||CLASS POSITION||TEAM||Driver||Best Time||
Diff. to session pole
|1||1||#7 Toyota GAZOO Racing||Kamui Kobayashi||3m23.900s||– –|
|2||2||#8 Toyota GAZOO Racing||Brendon Hartley||3m24.195s||0.295s|
|3||3||#36 Alpine Elf Matmut||Nicolas Lapierre||3m25.574s||1.674s|
|4||4||#708 Glickenhaus Racing||Olivier Pla||3m25.639s||1.739s|
|5||5||#709 Glickenhaus Racing||Romain Dumas||3m26.931s||3.031s|
|6||1||#38 JOTA||Antonio Felix Da Costa||3m27.950s||4.050s|
|7||2||#41 Team WRT||Louis Deletraz||3m28.470s||4.570s|
|8||3||#65 Panis Racing||Will Stevens||3m28.586s||4.686s|
|9||4||#26 G-Drive Racing||Nyck De Vries||3m28.943s||5.043s|
|10||5||#32 United Autosports||Nicolas Jamin||3m29.078s||5.178s|
|11||6||#23 United Autosports||Paul Di Resta||3m30.027s||6.127s|
|12||1||#72 Hub Auto Racing||Dries Vanthoor||3m46.882s||22.982s|
|13||2||#52 AF Corse||Daniel Serra||3m47.063s||23.163s|
|14||3||#64 Corvette Racing||Nicholas Tandy||3m47.093s||23.193s|
|15||4||#51 AF Corse||James Calado||3m47.247s||23.347s|
|16||5||#91 Porsche GT Team||Gianmaria Bruni||3m47.696s||23.796s|
|17||6||#92 Porsche GT Team||Kevin Estre||NO TIME SET||N/A|
|18||1||#88 Dempsey-Proton Racing||Julien Andlauer||3m47.987s||24.087s|
|19||2||#86 GR Racing||Tom Gamble||3m48.560s||24.660s|
|20||3||#56 Team Project 1||Matteo Cairoli||3m48.876s||24.976s|
|21||4||#47 Cetilar Racing||Antonio Fuoco||3m49.387s||25.487s|
|22||5||#71 Inception Racing||Ben Barnicoat||3m49.477s||25.577s|
|23||6||#33 TF Sport||Felipe Fraga||3m49.676s||25.776s|