Le Mans 24 Hours: Lapierre puts Toyota on top in warm-up

Toyota headed warm-up for the Le Mans 24 Hours with Nicolas Lapierre setting the pace in a Saturday morning session that was shortened due to a late red flag

Le Mans 24 Hours: Lapierre puts Toyota on top in warm-up

Three minutes remained when LMP2 driver Tor Graves smashed into the barriers in the #25 G-Drive/Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan and came to rest in the middle of the circuit.

With the session not restarting and Audi driver Andre Lotterer being unable to complete a lap that had started with the fastest first sector of all, Lapierre's 3m26.227s effort - which was the fastest time set by a TS030 HYBRID all weekend - was enough to keep the #7 car on top.

Follow Live build-up to the 81st Le Mans 24 Hours

Allan McNish put the polesitting #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro second, 0.503s behind. Co-driver Tom Kristensen had earlier spun at Indianapolis after contact with GTE Am driver Pascal Gibon's Imsa Porsche.

Lotterer's co-driver in the #1 Audi, Marcel Fassler, was third.

John Martin, driving the sister car to Graves' damaged machine, set the LMP2 pace, despite the G-Drive/Delta-ADR squad initially having trouble in getting the car out of the pits.

Brendon Hartley (Murphy ORECA-Nissan) was second fastest while Graves' car was third, its best time having been set by Archie Hamilton.

The battle for GTE Pro honours was a to-and-fro between Porsche and Ferrari as the Aston Martins that set the pace in qualifying were content to focus solely on race preparation.

Romain Dumas (factory Porsche) and Giancarlo Fisichella (AF Corse Ferrari) had traded the top spot in the class several times before Toni Vilander, driving the #71 AF Corse machine with Kamui Kobayashi and Olivier Beretta, went half a second clear late on.

Pat Long was the best of the GTE Am drivers in the Dempsey Del Piero Porsche, the American quicker than all of the Pro cars bar Vilander's.

The session featured several spins and straight-on moments at the two Mulsanne chicanes with Thomas Dagoneau, Ryan Briscoe, Oliver Gavin and Piergiuseppe Perazzini among those caught out.

The only other crasher than Graves was Philippe Dumas, who planted his #70 Larbre Corvette in the tyres at the Dunlop chicane.

Pos Cl Car Drivers Laps Time 1. P1 #7 Toyota Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima 10 3m26.227s 2. P1 #2 Audi Kristensen/McNish/Duval 10 3m26.730s 3. P1 #1 Audi Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler 12 3m26.963s 4. P1 #3 Audi Gene/Jarvis/di Grassi 11 3m27.124s 5. P1 #12 Lola Prost/Jani/Heidfeld 10 3m30.391s 6. P1 #8 Toyota Davidson/Sarrazin/Buemi 10 3m32.149s 7. P1 #13 Lola Beche/Belicchi/Cheng 10 3m34.437s 8. P1 #21 HPD Leventis/Kane/Watts 7 3m41.041s 9. P2 #26 Oreca Rusinov/Martin/Conway 8 3m43.158s 10. P2 #48 Oreca Hartley/Chandhok/Patterson 10 3m44.051s 11. P2 #25 Oreca Graves/Hamilton/Nakano 8 3m44.336s 12. P2 #24 Morgan Pla/Brundle/H Hansson 9 3m44.807s 13. P2 #49 Oreca P-Companc/Kaffer/Minassian 9 3m44.854s 14. P2 #38 Zytek Dolan/Turvey/Luhr 10 3m44.946s 15. P2 #35 Morgan Baguette/Plowman/Gonzalez 10 3m45.047s 16. P2 #47 Morgan Imperatori/Howson/Tung 10 3m45.170s 17. P2 #36 Alpine Ragues/Panciatici/Gommendy 10 3m45.781s 18. P2 #42 Zytek Krumm/Mardenborough/Ordonez 9 3m45.851s 19. P2 #32 Lotus Holzer/Kraihamer/Charouz 10 3m48.024s 20. P2 #43 Morgan Gachnang/Mailleux/Lombard 9 3m48.240s 21. P2 #28 Lola Giroix/Haezebrouck/Ihara 8 3m48.723s 22. P2 #33 HPD Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe 8 3m49.220s 23. P2 #30 Lola Mowlem/Burgess/Hirschi 9 3m49.580s 24. P2 #46 Oreca Thiriet/Badey/Martin 10 3m49.694s 25. P2 #34 Oreca Frey/Niederhauser/Bleekemolen 6 3m49.800s 26. P2 #41 Zytek Rossi/K-Smith/Lux 10 3m53.803s 27. P2 #31 Lotus Weeda/Rossiter/Bouchut 4 3m55.335s 28. P2 #45 Morgan Nicolet/Merlin/Mondolot 8 3m56.644s 29. GTP #71 Ferrari Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander 10 3m58.291s 30. GTA #77 Porsche Dempsey/Foster/Long 8 3m58.358s 31. GTP #92 Porsche Lieb/Richard Lietz/Dumas 5 3m58.796s 32. GTP #51 Ferrari Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli 9 3m59.935s 33. GTP #91 Porsche Bergmeister/Pilet/Bernhard 7 4m00.593s 34. GTA #95 Aston Simonsen/Nygaard/Poulsen 8 4m01.401s 35. P2 #39 Lola Porta/Brandela/Raffin 4 4m02.285s 36. GTA #67 Porsche Gibon/Milesi/Henzler 7 4m03.312s 37. GTA #61 Ferrari Gerber/Griffin/Cioci 9 4m03.315s 38. GTP #66 Ferrari Bertolini/Faisal/Qubaisi 10 4m03.317s 39. GTP #74 Corvette Gavin/Milner/Westbrook 9 4m03.641s 40. GTA #88 Porsche Ried/Roda/Ruberti 9 4m03.658s 41. GTP #93 SRT Wittmer/Kendall/Bomarito 9 4m03.746s 42. GTA #81 Ferrari Potolicchio/Aguas/Bright 10 4m04.285s 43. GTP #73 Corvette Garcia/Magnussen/Taylor 8 4m05.213s 44. GTP #53 SRT Farnbacher/Goossens/Dalziel 8 4m05.700s 45. GTA #57 Ferrari Krohn/Jonsson/Mediani 10 4m05.848s 46. GTP #98 Aston Dalla Lana/Lamy/Auberlen 7 4m06.769s 47. GTA #55 Ferrari Perazzini/O'Young/Case 9 4m07.047s 48. GTA #76 Porsche Narac/Vernay/Bourret 9 4m07.945s 49. P2 #40 Oreca Dagoneau/Downs/Younessi 8 4m09.161s 50. GTA #70 Corvette MacNeil/Rodrigues/Dumas 3 4m09.880s 51. GTA #75 Porsche Collard/Perrodo/Crubile 9 4m10.378s 52. GTA #50 Corvette Bornhauser/Canal/Taylor 8 4m11.298s 53. GTA #96 Aston Goethe/Campbell-Walter/Hall 9 4m18.729s 54. GTA #54 Ferrari Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank 8 4m28.060s 55. GTP #97 Aston Mucke/Turner/Dumbreck 5 56. GTP #99 Aston Makowiecki/Senna/Bell 5 
shares
comments
Bentley's Le Mans victory
Previous article

Bentley's Le Mans victory

Next article

Nissan sets 300km/h goal for electric Le Mans Garage 56 car

Nissan sets 300km/h goal for electric Le Mans Garage 56 car
Load comments
Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021 Plus

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez scored a second successive World Endurance Championship title in the #7 Toyota, as its new Le Mans Hypercar went unbeaten. Autosport recaps how each of the four classes in the 2021 season were won and picks out the best LMH and GTE drivers

WEC
Nov 28, 2021
The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending Plus

The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending

OPINION: The deeply unsatisfying ending to a brilliant World Endurance Championship GTE Pro battle in Bahrain had Ferrari provisionally heading back from the desert as the victor. But Porsche plans to appeal the outcome, which rests on a number of confusing elements that have yet to be satisfactorily explained

WEC
Nov 9, 2021
How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint Plus

How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint

The Ferrari versus Porsche fight for the World Endurance Championship's GTE Pro title had been a finely-poised affair, right up until Alessandro Pier Guidi's punt on Michael Christensen in the closing stages of the Bahrain 8 Hours handed Ferrari a provisional title, pending Porsche's appeal. Here's how the controversy played out

WEC
Nov 8, 2021
The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster Plus

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Le Mans
Nov 3, 2021
How the #7 Toyota squad moved closer to clinching WEC's 2021 title Plus

How the #7 Toyota squad moved closer to clinching WEC's 2021 title

In the penultimate round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship, a better run of tyre wear for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi brought the Toyota trio its third win from five events, as the #7 squad put one hand on the title. Here's how the first of the WEC's two Bahrain enduros played out

WEC
Nov 1, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Plus

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021