Toyota's margin over its privateer LMP1 rivals in qualifying for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours might be significantly smaller than the advantage it enjoyed 12 months ago, but there's no doubt it will start the race as the overwhelming favourite after locking out the top two starting spots as it did 12 months ago.
That Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima sealed first and second in the respective #7 and #8 TS050 HYBRIDs with relative ease might provoke fears of a processional race at the front of the order, but their qualifying times in the face of stronger one-lap competition at least prove the manufacturer is still taking things seriously after finally breaking its Le Mans curse last year.
And even if there is a lack of excitement about the top class at this year's race, there should be anticipation about what's to come in the future, with the World Endurance Championship's organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest outlining its top class hypercar vision on Friday. Toyota and Aston Martin have committed to the new rules.
All of that forgets the other classes, too - one of which featured a multi-make fight for pole, while another's original pole winner was subsequently excluded from qualifying.