Le Mans 24 Hours 2014 Thursday: final qualifying

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By: Scott Mitchell, Edd Straw, Glenn Freeman, Gary Watkins

Summary

Status: Stopped
18:24 That's it for our coverage of qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Interesting, wasn't it? Plenty to be intrigued about ahead of the race. Remember to keep checking autosport.com throughout Friday for the latest from the Le Mans paddock.

See you on Saturday morning for build-up to the start of the 2014 edition of the classic French enduro. Until then, we'll leave you with this:

Toyota beats Porsche to pole

18:18 GTE Am standings
1 #81 Ferrari, 3m54.665s
2 #98 Aston Martin, 3m55.644s
3 #95 Aston Martin, 3m55.944s
4 #61 Aston Martin, 3m55.977s
5 #72 Ferrari, 3m56.063s
6 #88 Porsche, 3m56.974s
18:16 GTE Pro standings
1 #51 Ferrari, 3m53.700s
2 #73 Chevrolet, 3m54.777s
3 #97 Aston Martin, 3m54.891s
4 #74 Chevrolet, 3m55.190s
5 #52 Ferrari, 3m55.347s
6 #92 Porsche, 3m55.516s
18:14 LMP2 standings
1 #46 Ligier, 3m37.609s
2 #38 Zytek, 3m37.674s
3 #35 Ligier, 3m37.892s
4 # 26 OAK Morgan, 3m38.000s
5 #36 Signatech ORECA, 3m38.089s
6 #48 Murphy ORECA, 3m38.207s
18:12 Disappointment for the KCMG ORECA, which ended up seventh in class after slow zones ruined Matt Howson's final qualifying run. @MHowsonRacing: "Well, the slow zones ruined our last minute charge on the 'super' soft so we qualify a solid 7th, top 7 covered by 1 second over a 4 min lap!"
18:09 Race control indicates that "several cars" are being investigated for speeding in slow zones.
18:07 The Nissan ZEOD RC got its time down to 3m50.185s in that session. It was parked itself in the no-man's land between the LMP2s and the GTE cars.
18:04 Overall standings
1 #7 Toyota, 3m21.789s
2 #14 Porsche, 3m22.146s
3 #8 Toyota, 3m22.523s
4 #20 Porsche, 3m22.908s
5 #3 Audi, 3m23.271s
6 #2 Audi, 3m24.276s
7 #1 Audi, 3m25.814s
8 #12 Rebellion, 3m29.763
9 #13 Rebellion, 3m31.608s
18:02 Fastest in the subordinate classes are:

LMP2 - Tristan Gommendy (#46 TDS Ligier)
GTE Pro - Gianmaria Bruni (#51 AF Corse Ferrari)
GTE Am - Sam Bird (#81 AF Corse Ferrari)
18:00 So, Kazuki Nakajima takes pole position for the #7 Toyota. That's Toyota's first pole at Le Mans since Martin Brundle back in 1999.
18:00 Session over
17:57 Still busy on track. All of the factory LMP1 cars are circulating.
17:56 Lotterer does the fastest first sector of all in the #2 Audi. But no chance of improving his time because of the slow zone.
17:49 Unfortunately, seems that the slow zone will be in place until the end of the session, so looks like that's it as far as qualifying goes.
17:48 ProSpeed has two heavily damaged cars in its pit after Curtis and Collard crashed in the Porsche Curves in the first session today. Curtis has been taken to hospital after his crash and must be doubtful for the race.
17:47 Some fresh rubber going on some interesting frontrunning cars. Could get interesting.
17:45 Marshals are sweeping up some debris from the Chandhok shunt.
17:42 Race control is preparing to instigate a slow zone.
17:42 Chandhok has got out of the car. The front bodywork has come off but difficult to see how much damage there is.
17:41 And Chandhok has put the #48 Murphy ORECA off at Indianapolis.
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