Le Mans 24h: Toyota sweeps front row in second qualifying

Jamie Klein

Kamui Kobayashi was again the fastest driver at the wheel of the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, setting a time of 3m15.497s on his first flying lap to come within just over a tenth of last year's pole time at La Sarthe - and beat Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 Toyota by 0.411s.

SMP Racing, whose lead BR Engineering BR1 was second-fastest in Thursday night's first qualifying, was again Toyota's closest challenger, with Mikhail Aleshin setting the Russian outfit's best time of 3m16.953s - 1.456s adrift of Kobayashi's benchmark.

Rebellion Racing's #1 car, which had its Wednesday times scrubbed for a fuel flow meter infringement, recovered to fourth thanks to a 3m17.317s effort by Neel Jani following a 25-minute red flag period.

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That was caused by the other Rebellion R-13, the #3 of Thomas Laurent, dumping fluid on the track along the latter part of the Mulsanne straight before stopping just beyond Mulsanne corner.

The #3 car, which didn't return to the track, provisionally qualified sixth in the hands of Laurent behind the second of the SMP BR1s, the #17 of Stephane Sarrazin.

DragonSpeed's customer BR1 and the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 completed the LMP1 order, Tom Dillmann finding two seconds on his Wednesday time but remaining eighth.

LMP2: Maldonado keeps DragonSpeed on top

LMP2 continues to be led by DragonSpeed after another flyer from ex-Formula 1 racer Pastor Maldonado at the wheel of the #31 Oreca.

Maldonado turned a 3m26.490s at the start of the session to take the top spot, just over three tenths ahead of the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca of Stephane Richelmi.

#31 Dragonspeed Oreca 07: Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Anthony Davidson

#31 Dragonspeed Oreca 07: Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Anthony Davidson <span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#31 Dragonspeed Oreca 07: Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Anthony Davidson Paul Foster

Paul Foster

Signatech Alpine's #36 Oreca did not set a better time, with Nicolas Lapierre's Wednesday effort remaining good enough for third ahead of the TDS Racing Oreca and the Racing Team Nederland Dallara.

The top Ligier, the #22 United Autosports car, did not improve either and was shuffled down to sixth.

GTE: Porsche snatches back pole from Ford

Porsche retook provisional pole in GTE Pro thanks to a late effort by Michael Christensen in the #92 911 RSR of 3m49.388s in the closing stages of the session.

#92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor

#92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor <span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor Rainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

Antonio Garcia - fastest on Wednesday night until his best time in the #63 Corvette C7.R was scrubbed - came within 0.036s of Christensen's time late on, becoming the only other driver to better Harry Tincknell's first qualifying benchmark in the #67 Ford GT.

Tincknell's time of 3m49.530s remained enough for third, ahead of the #93 Porsche which likewise did not improve, while the #91 Porsche slipped one place to fifth despite a late improvement by Gianmaria Bruni.

The best of the Aston Martins slipped from third to sixth on the provisional grid, ahead of the #94 Porsche, the #69 and #68 Fords and the top Ferrari, the #71 car.

BMW was therefore the only manufacturer to end up outside the top 10 in class, the two MTEK-run M8 GTEs ending up 14th and 16th.

The top two times in GTE Am remain the same as on Wednesday, with Matteo Cairoli's best lap in the #88 Dempsey-Proton Porsche not being bettered.

Giancarlo Fisichella was the highest-profile improver, moving up to third place in the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari, behind the #56 Project 1 Porsche.

Session results (Q1, Q2 combined):

1

7

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Jose Maria Lopez

Japan
Japan
Argentina
Argentina

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

LMP1

3'15.497

2

8

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Fernando Alonso

Japan
Japan
Spain
Spain

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

LMP1

3'15.908

0.411

3

11

Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Vitaly Petrov
Mikhail Aleshin
Stoffel Vandoorne

Russian Federation
Russian Federation
Belgium
Belgium

BR Engineering BR1

LMP1

3'16.953

1.456

4

1

Switzerland
Switzerland

Neel Jani
Andre Lotterer
Bruno Senna

Germany
Germany
Brazil
Brazil

Rebellion R13

LMP1

3'17.313

1.816

5

17

France
France

Stéphane Sarrazin
Egor Orudzhev
Sergey Sirotkin

Russian Federation
Russian Federation
Russian Federation
Russian Federation

BR Engineering BR1

LMP1

3'17.437

1.940

6

3

France
France

Thomas Laurent
Nathanael Berthon
Gustavo Menezes

France
France
United States
United States

Rebellion R13

LMP1

3'18.884

3.387

7

10

Sweden
Sweden

Henrik Hedman
Ben Hanley
Renger van der Zande

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Netherlands
Netherlands

BR Engineering BR1

LMP1

3'20.200

4.703

8

4

France
France

Tom Dillmann
Oliver Webb
Paolo Ruberti

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Italy
Italy

ENSO CLM P1/01

LMP1

3'23.726

8.229

9

31

Mexico
Mexico

Roberto Gonzalez
Pastor Maldonado
Anthony Davidson

Venezuela
Venezuela
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'26.490

10.993

10

38

China
China

Ho-Pin Tung
Stéphane Richelmi
Gabriel Aubry

Monaco
Monaco
France
France

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'26.821

11.324

11

36

France
France

Nicolas Lapierre
Andre Negrao
Pierre Thiriet

Brazil
Brazil
France
France

Alpine A470

LMP2

3'26.935

11.438

12

28

France
France

François Perrodo
Matthieu Vaxiviere
Loic Duval

France
France
France
France

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'27.096

11.599

13

29

Netherlands
Netherlands

Frits van Eerd
Giedo van der Garde
Nyck de Vries

Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands

Dallara P217

LMP2

3'27.107

11.610

14

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Philip Hanson
Filipe Albuquerque
Paul di Resta

Portugal
Portugal
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ligier JSP 217

LMP2

3'27.338

11.841

15

23

Austria
Austria

Rene Binder
Julien Canal
Will Stevens

France
France
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ligier JSP 217

LMP2

3'27.790

12.293

16

48

France
France

Paul Lafargue
Paul-Loup Chatin
Memo Rojas

France
France
Mexico
Mexico

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'27.804

12.307

17

39

France
France

Tristan Gommendy
Vincent Capillaire
Jonathan Hirschi

France
France
Switzerland
Switzerland

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'28.426

12.929

18

25

France
France

David Zollinger
Andrea Pizzitola
John Falb

France
France
United States
United States

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'28.457

12.960

19

37

Denmark
Denmark

David Heinemeier Hansson
Jordan King
Ricky Taylor

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United States
United States

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'28.569

13.072

20

30

France
France

Nico Jamin
Pierre Ragues
Romain Dumas

France
France
France
France

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'28.653

13.156

21

26

Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Roman Rusinov
Job Van Uitert
Jean-Eric Vergne

Netherlands
Netherlands
France
France

Aurus 01

LMP2

3'28.713

13.216

22

32

Ireland
Ireland

Ryan Cullen
Alex Brundle

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ligier JSP 217

LMP2

3'28.779

13.282

23

47

Italy
Italy

Roberto Lacorte
Giorgio Sernagiotto
Andrea Belicchi

Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy

Dallara P217

LMP2

3'28.942

13.445

24

43

Canada
Canada

John Farano
Arjun Maini
Norman Nato

India
India
France
France

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'29.137

13.640

25

20

Denmark
Denmark

Anders Fjordbach
Dennis Andersen
Mathias Beche

Denmark
Denmark
Switzerland
Switzerland

Oreca 07

LMP2

3'29.633

14.136

26

34

Poland
Poland

Jakub Smiechowski
James Winslow
Nigel Moore

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ligier JSP 217

LMP2

3'30.744

15.247

27

49

Slovakia
Slovakia

Miro Konopka
Henning Enqvist
Konstantin Tereshchenko

Sweden
Sweden
Russian Federation
Russian Federation

Ligier JSP 217

LMP2

3'35.480

19.983

28

50

France
France

Erwin Creed
Romano Ricci
Nicholas Boulle

France
France
United States
United States

Ligier JSP 217

LMP2

3'36.144

20.647

29

92

Denmark
Denmark

Michael Christensen
Kevin Estre
Laurens Vanthoor

France
France
Belgium
Belgium

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE PRO

3'49.388

33.891

30

63

Denmark
Denmark

Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia
Mike Rockenfeller

Spain
Spain
Germany
Germany

Chevrolet Corvette C7R

LMGTE PRO

3'49.424

33.927

31

67

Guernsey
Guernsey

Andy Priaulx
Harry Tincknell
Jonathan Bomarito

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United States
United States

Ford GT

LMGTE PRO

3'49.530

34.033

32

93

France
France

Patrick Pilet
Earl Bamber
Nick Tandy

New Zealand
New Zealand
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE PRO

3'49.558

34.061

33

91

Italy
Italy

Gianmaria Bruni
Richard Lietz
Frédéric Makowiecki

Austria
Austria
France
France

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE PRO

3'49.921

34.424

34

97

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alex Lynn
Maxime Martin
Jonathan Adam

Belgium
Belgium
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE PRO

3'50.037

34.540

35

94

Germany
Germany

Sven Muller
Mathieu Jaminet
Dennis Olsen

France
France
Norway
Norway

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE PRO

3'50.278

34.781

36

69

Australia
Australia

Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook
Scott Dixon

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
New Zealand
New Zealand

Ford GT

LMGTE PRO

3'50.339

34.842

37

68

United States
United States

Joey Hand
Dirk Muller
Sébastien Bourdais

Germany
Germany
France
France

Ford GT

LMGTE PRO

3'50.486

34.989

38

71

Italy
Italy

Davide Rigon
Sam Bird
Miguel Molina

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Spain
Spain

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE PRO

3'50.623

35.126

39

95

Denmark
Denmark

Marco Sorensen
Nicki Thiim
Darren Turner

Denmark
Denmark
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE PRO

3'50.812

35.315

40

64

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Marcel Fassler

United States
United States
Switzerland
Switzerland

Chevrolet Corvette C7R

LMGTE PRO

3'51.011

35.514

41

51

Italy
Italy

Alessandro Pier Guidi
James Calado
Daniel Serra

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Brazil
Brazil

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE PRO

3'51.019

35.522

42

81

Netherlands
Netherlands

Nick Catsburg
Martin Tomczyk
Philipp Eng

Germany
Germany
Austria
Austria

BMW M8 GTE

LMGTE PRO

3'51.353

35.856

43

66

Germany
Germany

Stefan Mücke
Olivier Pla
Billy Johnson

France
France
United States
United States

Ford GT

LMGTE PRO

3'51.601

36.104

44

82

Brazil
Brazil

Augusto Farfus
Antonio Felix da Costa
Jesse Krohn

Portugal
Portugal
Finland
Finland

BMW M8 GTE

LMGTE PRO

3'51.818

36.321

45

88

Japan
Japan

Satoshi Hoshino
Giorgio Roda
Matteo Cairoli

Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

3'52.454

36.957

46

56

Germany
Germany

Jörg Bergmeister
Patrick Lindsey
Egidio Perfetti

United States
United States
Norway
Norway

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

3'52.750

37.253

47

54

Switzerland
Switzerland

Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Giancarlo Fisichella

Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy

Ferrari 488 GTE

LMGTE AM

3'52.826

37.329

48

89

Brazil
Brazil

Pipo Derani
Oliver Jarvis
Jules Gounon

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
France
France

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE PRO

3'52.997

37.500

49

77

Australia
Australia

Matt Campbell
Christian Ried
Julien Andlauer

Germany
Germany
France
France

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

3'53.408

37.911

50

57

Japan
Japan

Takeshi Kimura
Kei Cozzolino
Côme Ledogar

Japan
Japan
France
France

Ferrari 488 GTE

LMGTE AM

3'53.474

37.977

51

85

United States
United States

Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Felipe Fraga

Netherlands
Netherlands
Brazil
Brazil

Ford GT

LMGTE AM

3'53.492

37.995

52

98

Canada
Canada

Paul Dalla Lana
Pedro Lamy
Mathias Lauda

Portugal
Portugal
Austria
Austria

Aston Martin Vantage

LMGTE AM

3'53.530

38.033

53

86

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Michael Wainwright
Benjamin Barker
Thomas Preining

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Germany
Germany

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

3'53.571

38.074

54

90

Turkey
Turkey

Salih Yoluc
Euan Hankey
Charles Eastwood

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Ireland
Ireland

Aston Martin Vantage

LMGTE AM

3'53.974

38.477

55

60

Italy
Italy

Claudio Schiavoni
Andrea Piccini
Sergio Pianezzola

Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy

Ferrari 488 GTE

LMGTE AM

3'53.990

38.493

56

78

Monaco
Monaco

Louis Prette
Philippe Prette
Vincent Abril

Monaco
Monaco
France
France

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

3'54.324

38.827

57

62

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander
Robert Smith

Finland
Finland
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ferrari 488 GTE

LMGTE AM

3'54.350

38.853

58

83

Italy
Italy

Manuela Gostner
Rahel Frey
Michelle Gatting

Switzerland
Switzerland
Denmark
Denmark

Ferrari 488 GTE

LMGTE AM

3'54.363

38.866

59

84

United States
United States

Jeff Segal
Rodrigo Baptista
Wei Lu

Brazil
Brazil
Canada
Canada

Ferrari 488 GTE

LMGTE AM

3'54.513

39.016

60

70

Japan
Japan

Motoaki Ishikawa
Olivier Beretta
Eddie Cheever III

Monaco
Monaco
Italy
Italy

Ferrari 488 GTE

LMGTE AM

3'54.737

39.240

61

61

Argentina
Argentina

Luis Perez Companc
Matthew Griffin
Matteo Cressoni

Ireland
Ireland
Italy
Italy

Ferrari 488 GTE

LMGTE AM

3'56.072

40.575

62

99

United States
United States

Tracy Krohn
Nic Jönsson
Patrick Long

Sweden
Sweden
United States
United States

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

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