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

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Le Mans 24h: Toyota sweeps front row in second qualifying
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Jun 13, 2019, 7:00 PM

Toyota swept the top two positions in Thursday night's second qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours, establishing a buffer of 1.4 seconds over the best of the privateer LMP1s.

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.

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

Photo by: 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

Photo by: 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):

Cla # Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1 7 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3'15.497  
2 8 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Spain Fernando Alonso
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3'15.908 0.411
3 11 Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov
Russian Federation Mikhail Aleshin
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3'16.953 1.456
4 1 Switzerland Neel Jani
Germany Andre Lotterer
Brazil Bruno Senna
Rebellion R13 LMP1 3'17.313 1.816
5 17 France Stéphane Sarrazin
Russian Federation Egor Orudzhev
Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3'17.437 1.940
6 3 France Thomas Laurent
France Nathanael Berthon
United States Gustavo Menezes
Rebellion R13 LMP1 3'18.884 3.387
7 10 Sweden Henrik Hedman
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3'20.200 4.703
8 4 France Tom Dillmann
United Kingdom Oliver Webb
Italy Paolo Ruberti
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 3'23.726 8.229
9 31 Mexico Roberto Gonzalez
Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'26.490 10.993
10 38 China Ho-Pin Tung
Monaco Stéphane Richelmi
France Gabriel Aubry
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'26.821 11.324
11 36 France Nicolas Lapierre
Brazil Andre Negrao
France Pierre Thiriet
Alpine A470 LMP2 3'26.935 11.438
12 28 France François Perrodo
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
France Loic Duval
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'27.096 11.599
13 29 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Dallara P217 LMP2 3'27.107 11.610
14 22 United Kingdom Philip Hanson
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'27.338 11.841
15 23 Austria Rene Binder
France Julien Canal
United Kingdom Will Stevens
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'27.790 12.293
16 48 France Paul Lafargue
France Paul-Loup Chatin
Mexico Memo Rojas
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'27.804 12.307
17 39 France Tristan Gommendy
France Vincent Capillaire
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'28.426 12.929
18 25 France David Zollinger
France Andrea Pizzitola
United States John Falb
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'28.457 12.960
19 37 Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
United Kingdom Jordan King
United States Ricky Taylor
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'28.569 13.072
20 30 France Nico Jamin
France Pierre Ragues
France Romain Dumas
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'28.653 13.156
21 26 Russian Federation Roman Rusinov
Netherlands Job Van Uitert
France Jean-Eric Vergne
Aurus 01 LMP2 3'28.713 13.216
22 32 Ireland Ryan Cullen
United Kingdom Alex Brundle
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'28.779 13.282
23 47 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Dallara P217 LMP2 3'28.942 13.445
24 43 Canada John Farano
India Arjun Maini
France Norman Nato
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'29.137 13.640
25 20 Denmark Anders Fjordbach
Denmark Dennis Andersen
Switzerland Mathias Beche
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'29.633 14.136
26 34 Poland Jakub Smiechowski
United Kingdom James Winslow
United Kingdom Nigel Moore
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'30.744 15.247
27 49 Slovakia Miro Konopka
Sweden Henning Enqvist
Russian Federation Konstantin Tereshchenko
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'35.480 19.983
28 50 France Erwin Creed
France Romano Ricci
United States Nicholas Boulle
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'36.144 20.647
29 92 Denmark Michael Christensen
France Kevin Estre
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3'49.388 33.891
30 63 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 3'49.424 33.927
31 67 Guernsey Andy Priaulx
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Jonathan Bomarito
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3'49.530 34.033
32 93 France Patrick Pilet
New Zealand Earl Bamber
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3'49.558 34.061
33 91 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Austria Richard Lietz
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3'49.921 34.424
34 97 United Kingdom Alex Lynn
Belgium Maxime Martin
United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3'50.037 34.540
35 94 Germany Sven Muller
France Mathieu Jaminet
Norway Dennis Olsen
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3'50.278 34.781
36 69 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3'50.339 34.842
37 68 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
France Sébastien Bourdais
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3'50.486 34.989
38 71 Italy Davide Rigon
United Kingdom Sam Bird
Spain Miguel Molina
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'50.623 35.126
39 95 Denmark Marco Sorensen
Denmark Nicki Thiim
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3'50.812 35.315
40 64 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Switzerland Marcel Fassler
Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 3'51.011 35.514
41 51 Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
United Kingdom James Calado
Brazil Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'51.019 35.522
42 81 Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Germany Martin Tomczyk
Austria Philipp Eng
BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 3'51.353 35.856
43 66 Germany Stefan Mücke
France Olivier Pla
United States Billy Johnson
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3'51.601 36.104
44 82 Brazil Augusto Farfus
Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa
Finland Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 3'51.818 36.321
45 88 Japan Satoshi Hoshino
Italy Giorgio Roda
Italy Matteo Cairoli
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'52.454 36.957
46 56 Germany Jörg Bergmeister
United States Patrick Lindsey
Norway Egidio Perfetti
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'52.750 37.253
47 54 Switzerland Thomas Flohr
Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3'52.826 37.329
48 89 Brazil Pipo Derani
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
France Jules Gounon
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'52.997 37.500
49 77 Australia Matt Campbell
Germany Christian Ried
France Julien Andlauer
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'53.408 37.911
50 57 Japan Takeshi Kimura
Japan Kei Cozzolino
France Côme Ledogar
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3'53.474 37.977
51 85 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Brazil Felipe Fraga
Ford GT LMGTE AM 3'53.492 37.995
52 98 Canada Paul Dalla Lana
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Austria Mathias Lauda
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 3'53.530 38.033
53 86 United Kingdom Michael Wainwright
United Kingdom Benjamin Barker
Germany Thomas Preining
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'53.571 38.074
54 90 Turkey Salih Yoluc
United Kingdom Euan Hankey
Ireland Charles Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 3'53.974 38.477
55 60 Italy Claudio Schiavoni
Italy Andrea Piccini
Italy Sergio Pianezzola
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3'53.990 38.493
56 78 Monaco Louis Prette
Monaco Philippe Prette
France Vincent Abril
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'54.324 38.827
57 62 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
United Kingdom Robert Smith
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3'54.350 38.853
58 83 Italy Manuela Gostner
Switzerland Rahel Frey
Denmark Michelle Gatting
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3'54.363 38.866
59 84 United States Jeff Segal
Brazil Rodrigo Baptista
Canada Wei Lu
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3'54.513 39.016
60 70 Japan Motoaki Ishikawa
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Italy Eddie Cheever III
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3'54.737 39.240
61 61 Argentina Luis Perez Companc
Ireland Matthew Griffin
Italy Matteo Cressoni
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3'56.072 40.575
62 99 United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Nic Jönsson
United States Patrick Long
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM    
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