Nissan Motorsports Le Mans Final Qualifying Report

Circuit de la Sarthe


• Soheil Ayari takes LMP2 pole position for Signatech Nissan
• Lucas Ordonez is just a day away from the race of his life
• All three Nissan-powered teams have trouble-free run at Le Mans today

Soheil Ayari posted the fastest time in the LMP2 class at Le Mans tonight, taking pole position for the Signatech Nissan team. The Team Oreca LMP2 entry took third place and the Greaves Motorsport team took sixth, completing a solid run of results for the ‘Powered by Nissan’ teams.

“The car was great today,” said Soheil. “Yesterday we had an efficient car but it was very pointy. With the work we have done today we now have an efficient car that is much easier to drive. The car is well-balanced and nice to drive so all I had to do tonight was my job! It was a pleasure to take pole and I look forward to a good race here at Le Mans.”

#26 Signatech Nissan Oreca 03-Nissan: Franck Mailleux, Lucas Ordonez, Soheil Ayari
#26 Signatech Nissan Oreca 03-Nissan: Franck Mailleux, Lucas Ordonez, Soheil Ayari

Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

Lucas Ordonez again put in a strong performance, comparing well to his two professional team-mates. He is now fully dialed into the stunning Le Mans track and excited about the race of his life that lies ahead of him.

“I’ve had another great day today,” said Lucas. “I’ve found a comfortable rhythm here now so it is all looking good for the race. Franck (Mailleux) and Soheil did a great job with the set-up and with the new tyre compound we have a very consistent car. Our objective wasn’t to take pole position today but it’s great to be there. For the race we have to stay on track, avoid any problems and everything will be good.”

The No.41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan qualified in sixth place after an incident yesterday meant they couldn’t go for pole, as Tom Kimber-Smith explains:

“Our plan was to set our qualifying time yesterday but unfortunately when I was on my fastest lap I had an off at the Porsche Curves. Today we put the race engine into the car so with the race set up we couldn’t go for pole position and have used today’s session to prepare further for the race. We have a good race car now. The pace between the three drivers is strong and I think we will be competitive in the race.”

All three Nissan-powered teams had trouble-free runs today so can spend tomorrow fine-tuning the cars and making final preparations for the big race. The 79th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours starts at 15:00hrs CET on Saturday.

-source: nissan

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Soheil Ayari , Tom Kimber-Smith , Franck Mailleux , Lucas Ordonez
Teams Nissan Motorsport , Greaves Motorsport , Signatech
Tags ayari, la sarthe, lmp2, nissan, signatech