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Qualifying report
Le Mans 24 Hours of Le Mans

Le Mans 24 Hours: Ferrari tops first qualifying, Hyperpole spots decided

Ferrari claimed a 1-2 in a disjointed opening qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, beating the best of the Toyotas by almost 0.3s.

#50 Ferrari AF Corse Ferrari 499P of Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina, Nicklas Nielsen

Moments after Alessandro Pier Guidi set an impressive 3m25.412s in the #51 Ferrari 499P with around 15 minutes to go, despite getting slightly held up later in the lap by a GTE Am Aston, he was usurped by the sister #50 car of Antonio Fuoco - who posted a 3m25.213s to grab the top spot.

 

The early pace was set by the #7 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, who put in a 3m25.485s right at the very start of the session - which ultimately left him 0.3s behind the Ferraris, and fractionally ahead of Brendon Hartley in the sister #8 GR010 HYBRID.

 

Next up in the two-by-two formation from the leading manufacturers were two of the Porsche 963 LMDhs, Frederic Makowiecki in the #5 heading Felipe Nasr in the #75 as both were 0.6s behind the Ferraris.

 

The final two cars from the Hypercar class to make it through to the eight-car Hyperpole shootout on Thursday were the two Cadillac Racing V-Series.R LMDhs - Sebastien Bourdais in the #3, just ahead of Earl Bamber in the #2 and both less than a second off the pace.

 

Kevin Estre's #6 Porsche was the first car to miss out and will therefore start ninth - having missed the cut-off by almost a second.

 

He was in turn nearly half a second ahead of Mikkel Jensen in the best of the Peugeot 9X8 LMHs, who was a further 0.5s faster than team-mate Loic Duval.

 

The 16-car Hypercar field was then rounded out by the Action Express Caddy, the two Glickenhaus machines and the Vanwall Vandervell 680.

 

Antonio Fuoco, Ferrari AF Corse celebrates provisional pole

Antonio Fuoco, Ferrari AF Corse celebrates provisional pole

Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

 

The Jota-entered Porsche 963 did not set a time in the session and will therefore start last following an electronic issue.

 

The hour-long qualifying segment began with two early red flags, the first caused by a collision between the #22 United Autosports LMP2 machine of Filipe Albuquerque and the #36 Alpine-run ORECA of Matthieu Vaxiviere when they were jostling for position into the final chicane.

 

The session had only just been restarted when it was halted again, this time by the #37 Cool Racing LMP2 entry of Malthe Jakobsen skating into the Indianapolis barriers.

 

For the majority of the session, the LMP2 leaderboard was headed by the #28 Jota entry of Pietro Fittipaldi, his 3m34.751s good enough to beat the #41 WRT-entered ORECA of Louis Deletraz by just two-thousandths of a second.

 

There was a far larger gap of 0.04s back to the next of the cars, the #63 Prema ORECA of Mirko Bortolotti, who had been the initial pacesetter. 

 

However, there was late drama in the GTE Am leaderboard. Charlie Eastwood's TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage had topped the times for much of the hour before a flurry of late improvements.

 

#83 Richard Mille Af Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO of Luis Perez Companc, Alessio Rovera, Lilou Wadoux

#83 Richard Mille Af Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO of Luis Perez Companc, Alessio Rovera, Lilou Wadoux

Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

 

First up, with just four minutes to go, Nicky Catsburg in the sole Corvette C8.R emerged from the pits following repairs after Nico Varrone's Tertre Rouge practice crash to shoot to the top of the times on his very first flying lap.

 

But he was shuffled back to an eventual third following a pair of late efforts from Ferrari drivers.

Davide Rigon in the #54 AF Corse 488 looked to have snared top spot before he was pipped by the #83 Richard-Mille-backed sister car of Alessio Rovera moments after the chequered flag went out.

 

Cars progressing to Hyperpole:

Hypercar

#50 Ferrari AF Corse
#51 Ferrari AF Corse
#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing
#5 Porsche Penske Motorsport
#75 Porsche Penske Motorsport
#3 Cadillac Racing 
#2 Cadillac Racing 

LMP2

#28 JOTA
#41 Team WRT
#63 Prema Racing
#48 IDEC Sport
#10 Vector Sport
#47 COOL Racing
#923 Racing Team Turkey 
#9 Prema Racing

GTE Am

#83 Richard Mille AF Corse
#54 AF Corse
#33 Corvette Racing
#25 ORT by TF
#57 Kessel Racing
#55 GMB Motorsport
#21 AF Corse
#74 Kessel Racing

Le Mans 24 Hours - first qualifying results:

Pos. # Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1 50 ITA Antonio Fuoco
ESP Miguel Molina
DEN Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 499P Hypercar 3'25.213  
2 51 GBR James Calado
ITA Antonio Giovinazzi
ITA Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 499P Hypercar 3'25.412 0.199
3 7 GBR Mike Conway
JPN Kamui Kobayashi
ARG Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota GR010 - Hybrid Hypercar 3'25.485 0.272
4 8 SUI Sebastien Buemi
NZL Brendon Hartley
JPN Ryo Hirakawa
Toyota GR010 - Hybrid Hypercar 3'25.749 0.536
5 5 USA Dane Cameron
DEN Michael Christensen
FRA Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 963 Hypercar 3'25.848 0.635
6 75 FRA Mathieu Jaminet
BRA Felipe Nasr
GBR Nick Tandy
Porsche 963 Hypercar 3'25.868 0.655
7 3 FRA Sebastien Bourdais
NZL Scott Dixon
HOL Renger van der Zande
Cadillac V-Series.R Hypercar 3'25.924 0.711
8 2 NZL Earl Bamber
GBR Alex Lynn
GBR Richard Westbrook
Cadillac V-Series.R Hypercar 3'26.020 0.807
9 6 FRA Kevin Estre
GER Andre Lotterer
BEL Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 963 Hypercar 3'26.900 1.687
10 93 GBR Paul di Resta
DEN Mikkel Jensen
FRA Jean-Eric Vergne
Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar 3'27.260 2.047
11 94 FRA Loïc Duval
USA Gustavo Menezes
SUI Nico Müller
Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar 3'27.850 2.637
12 311 GBR Jack Aitken
BRA Pipo Derani
GBR Alexander Sims
Cadillac V-Series.R Hypercar 3'27.960 2.747
13 708 AUS Ryan Briscoe
FRA Romain Dumas
FRA Olivier Pla
Glickenhaus 007 LMH Hypercar 3'28.497 3.284
14 709 FRA Nathanaël Berthon
MEX Esteban Gutierrez
FRA Franck Mailleux
Glickenhaus 007 LMH Hypercar 3'28.612 3.399
15 4 FRA Tom Dillmann
ARG Esteban Guerrieri
FRA Tristan Vautier
Vanwall Vandervell 680 Hypercar 3'29.745 4.532
16 28 BRA Pietro Fittipaldi
DEN David Heinemeier Hansson
DEN Oliver Rasmussen
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'34.751 9.538
17 41 POR Rui Andrade
SUI Louis Deletraz
POL Robert Kubica
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'34.753 9.540
18 63 ITA Mirko Bortolotti
RUS Daniil Kvyat
FRA Doriane Pin
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'34.793 9.580
19 48 FRA Paul Loup Chatin
GER Laurents Hörr
FRA Paul Lafargue
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'34.839 9.626
20 10 FRA Gabriel Aubry
IRL Ryan Cullen
SUI Matthias Kaiser
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'34.985 9.772
21 47 FRA Reshad de Gerus
RUS Vlad Lomko
FRA Simon Pagenaud
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.105 9.892
22 923 GBR Tom Gamble
BEL Dries Vanthoor
TUR Salih Yoluc
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.176 9.963
23 9 ECU Juan Manuel Correa
ROU Filip Ugran
HOL Bent Viscaal
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.392 10.179
24 14 SUI Mathias Beche
GBR Ben Hanley
USA Rodrigo Sales
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.453 10.240
25 23 GBR Tom Blomqvist
GBR Oliver Jarvis
USA Josh Pierson
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.519 10.306
26 45 AUS James Allen
USA Colin Braun
USA George Kurtz
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.578 10.365
27 22 POR Filipe Albuquerque
GBR Philip Hanson
GBR Frederick Lubin
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.587 10.374
28 39 HOL Giedo van der Garde
ITA Roberto Lacorte
FRA Patrick Pilet
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.652 10.439
29 65 HOL Tijmen van der Helm
Venezuela Manuel Maldonado
HOL Job Van Uitert
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.691 10.478
30 34 ESP Albert Costa
SUI Fabio Scherer
POL Jakub Smiechowski
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.755 10.542
31 31 HOL Robin Frijns
INA Sean Gelael
AUT Ferdinand Habsburg
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.853 10.640
32 43 BEL Maxime Martin
BEL Tom van Rompuy
BEL Ugo De Wilde
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'35.951 10.738
33 37 SUI Alexandre Coigny
DEN Malthe Jakobsen
FRA Nicolas Lapierre
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'36.271 11.058
34 80 GBR Ben Barnicoat
FRA Norman Nato
FRA François Perrodo
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'36.483 11.270
35 30 AUT Rene Binder
SUI Neel Jani
CHI Nicolas Pino
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'37.213 12.000
36 35 GBR Olli Caldwell
BRA André Negrão
MEX Memo Rojas
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'37.498 12.285
37 32 DEN Anders Fjordbach
USA Mark Kvamme
DEN Jan Magnussen
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'39.303 14.090
38 24 GBR Jenson Button
USA Jimmie Johnson
GER Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 INNOVATIVE CAR 3'47.976 22.763
39 54 ITA Francesco Castellacci
SUI Thomas Flohr
ITA Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'51.914 26.701
40 33 HOL Nicky Catsburg
USA Ben Keating
ARG Nicolas Varrone
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R LMGTE AM 3'52.228 27.015
41 25 Oman Ahmad Al Harthy
USA Michael Dinan
IRL Charlie Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'52.431 27.218
42 57 USA Scott Huffaker
JPN Takeshi Kimura
BRA Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.459 27.246
43 55 DEN Gustav Birch
DEN Jens Reno Møller
DEN Marco Sørensen
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'52.484 27.271
44 83 ARG Luis Perez Companc
ITA Alessio Rovera
FRA Lilou Wadoux
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.658 27.445
45 21 USA Simon Mann
BEL Ulysse De Pauw
FRA Julien Piguet
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.968 27.755
46 74 JPN Kei Cozzolino
JPN Yorikatsu Tsujiko
JPN Naoki Yokomizo
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'53.263 28.050
47 60 ITA Matteo Cressoni
BEL Alessio Picariello
ITA Claudio Schiavoni
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 3'53.374 28.161
48 98 GBR Ian James
ITA Daniel Mancinelli
ESP Alex Riberas
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'53.406 28.193
49 77 FRA Julien Andlauer
GER Christian Ried
DEN Mikkel Pedersen
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 3'53.481 28.268
50 86 GBR Ben Barker
ITA Riccardo Pera
GBR Michael Wainwright
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 3'53.531 28.318
51 85 BEL Sarah Bovy
SUI Rahel Frey
DEN Michelle Gatting
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 3'53.603 28.390
52 72 FRA Valentin Hasse-Clot
FRA Arnold Robin
FRA Maxime Robin
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'53.703 28.490
53 56 ITA Matteo Cairoli
USA PJ Hyett
USA Gunnar Jeannette
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 3'53.947 28.734
54 66 FRA Neubauer Thomas
Italy Giacomo Petrobelli
MON Louis Prette
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'54.093 28.880
55 911 IRL Michael Fassbender
AUT Richard Lietz
EST Martin Rump
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 3'54.129 28.916
56 16 USA Ryan Hardwick
BEL Jan Heylen
CAN Zacharie Robichon
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 3'54.137 28.924
57 100 INA Andrew Haryanto
USA Chandler Hull
USA Jeffrey Segal
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'54.143 28.930
58 88 GER Jonas Ried
GBR Harry Tincknell
USA Don Yount
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 3'58.486 33.273
59 36 FRA Julien Canal
FRA Charles Milesi
FRA Matthieu Vaxivière
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'59.171 33.958
60 13 GER René Rast
USA Ricky Taylor
USA Steven Thomas
Oreca 07 LMP2 no time  
61 38 POR Antonio Felix da Costa
GBR Will Stevens
CHN Ye Yifei
Porsche 963 Hypercar no time  
62 777 JPN Tomonobu Fujii
JPN Satoshi Hoshino
GBR Casper Stevenson
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM no time  

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