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Le Mans Q1: #7 Toyota on top despite crash, #8 Toyota struggles

  • Published on 12 Jun 2019 23:05
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The #7 Toyota has ended the first qualifying session on top of the standings, while its sister car struggled during the session. 

The #7 car set a 3:17.161 with Mike Conway at the wheel, but was involved in an extremely unfortunate crash with an LMP2 car.

The LMP2 DragonSpeed car, which ended that class in P1, spun with Roberto Gonzalez at the wheel during the session. Conway T-boned the car while Gonzalez was recovering to the circuit, forcing both to come back to the pits for repairs.

The #8 car struggled throughout the two hours, and was languishing down in P8 for most of the session - the slowest of all the LMP1 entries.

However, Fernando Alonso managed to improve the time in the final minutes, jumping it up into P4, although it remained 2.471 seconds down on the #7 car.

With the chance of rain coming for Thursday's qualifying sessions, the Q1 times may end up forming the grid for the start of the race which kicks off on Saturday afternoon.

SMP Racing, who Toyota believes will challenge it for pole should tomorrow's sessions go ahead, was second, as the #17 car set a time that just under half a second down on Toyota.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK managed to jump to the top of the GTE Pro timesheets in the final moments of the session, with Harry Ticknell moving to the top.

However, the team will have work on its hands as its other car found the barriers during the session. 

Ticknell's time that moved him to the head of the GTE Pro class was only marginally faster than #93 Porsche GT team, as just three-hundredths of a second separated the two cars.

Dempsey-Proton Racing was the fastest in the GTE Am category, mixing it up with some of the lower placed Pro cars. However, the other Dempsey-Proton car in the Am class was the only entry not to set a timed lap during the session.

 

Pos. Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1

Mike Conway 
Kamui Kobayashi 
Jose Maria Lopez

 

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3:17.161  
2

Stéphane Sarrazin 
Egor Orudzhev 
Sergey Sirotkin

 

BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:17.633 0.472
3

Thomas Laurent 
Nathanael Berthon 
Gustavo Menezes

 

Rebellion R13 LMP1 3:19.603 2.442
4

Sébastien Buemi 
Kazuki Nakajima 
Fernando Alonso

 

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3:19.632 2.471
5

Henrik Hedman 
Ben Hanley 
Renger van der Zande

 

BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:20.200 3.039
6

Neel Jani 
Andre Lotterer 
Bruno Senna

 

Rebellion R13 LMP1 3:20.297 3.136
7

Vitaly Petrov 
Mikhail Aleshin 
Stoffel Vandoorne

 

BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:20.934 3.773
8

Tom Dillmann 
Oliver Webb 
Paolo Ruberti

 

ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 3:25.246 8.085
9

Roberto Gonzalez 
Pastor Maldonado 
Anthony Davidson

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:26.804 9.643
10

Nicolas Lapierre 
Andre Negrao 
Pierre Thiriet

 

Alpine A470 LMP2 3:26.935 9.774
11

Philip Hanson 
Filipe Albuquerque 
Paul di Resta

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:27.338 10.177
12

Paul Lafargue 
Paul-Loup Chatin 
Memo Rojas

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:27.847 10.686
13

Nico Jamin 
Pierre Ragues 
Romain Dumas

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.653 11.492
14

Ho-Pin Tung 
Stéphane Richelmi 
Gabriel Aubry

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.738 11.577
15

François Perrodo 
Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Loic Duval

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.840 11.679
16

Frits van Eerd 
Giedo van der Garde 
Nyck de Vries

 

Dallara P217 LMP2 3:28.909 11.748
17

Roman Rusinov 
Job Van Uitert 
Jean-Eric Vergne

 

Aurus 01 LMP2 3:29.107 11.946
18

David Zollinger 
Andrea Pizzitola 
John Falb

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:29.126 11.965
19

David Heinemeier Hansson 
Jordan King 
Ricky Taylor

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:29.498 12.337
20

Ryan Cullen 
Alex Brundle

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:29.583 12.422
21

Roberto Lacorte 
Giorgio Sernagiotto 
Andrea Belicchi

 

Dallara P217 LMP2 3:29.748 12.587
22

Rene Binder 
Julien Canal 
Will Stevens

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:29.821 12.660
23

Jakub Smiechowski 
James Winslow 
Nigel Moore

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:30.744 13.583
24

Tristan Gommendy 
Vincent Capillaire 
Jonathan Hirschi

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:30.970 13.809
25

John Farano 
Arjun Maini 
Norman Nato

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:31.017 13.856
26

Anders Fjordbach 
Dennis Andersen 
Mathias Beche

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:32.945 15.784
27

Miro Konopka 
Henning Enqvist 
Konstantin Tereshchenko

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:35.480 18.319
28

Erwin Creed 
Romano Ricci 
Nicholas Boulle

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:38.663 21.502
29

Andy Priaulx 
Harry Tincknell 
Jonathan Bomarito

 

Ford GT GTE PRO 3:49.530 32.369
30

Patrick Pilet 
Earl Bamber 
Nick Tandy

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE PRO 3:49.558 32.397
31

Alex Lynn 
Maxime Martin 
Jonathan Adam

 

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE PRO 3:50.037 32.876
32

Gianmaria Bruni 
Richard Lietz 
Frédéric Makowiecki

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE PRO 3:50.099 32.938
33

Sven Muller 
Mathieu Jaminet 
Dennis Olsen

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE PRO 3:50.278 33.117
34

Michael Christensen 
Kevin Estre 
Laurens Vanthoor

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE PRO 3:50.468 33.307
35

Marco Sorensen 
Nicki Thiim 
Darren Turner

 

Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE PRO 3:50.812 33.651
36

Davide Rigon 
Sam Bird 
Miguel Molina

 

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO GTE PRO 3:50.850 33.689
37

Nick Catsburg 
Martin Tomczyk 
Philipp Eng

 

BMW M8 GTE GTE PRO 3:51.476 34.315
38

Ryan Briscoe 
 Richard Westbrook 
Scott Dixon

 

Ford GT GTE PRO 3:51.821 34.660
39

Jan Magnussen 
Antonio Garcia 
Mike Rockenfeller

 

Chevrolet Corvette C7R GTE PRO 3:52.109 34.948
40

Alessandro Pier Guidi 
James Calado 
Daniel Serra

 

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO GTE PRO 3:52.128 34.967
41

Satoshi Hoshino 
Giorgio Roda 
Matteo Cairoli

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE AM 3:52.454 35.293
42

Oliver Gavin 
Tommy Milner 
Marcel Fassler

 

Chevrolet Corvette C7R GTE PRO 3:52.490 35.329
43

Jörg Bergmeister 
Patrick Lindsey 
Egidio Perfetti

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE AM 3:52.750 35.589
44

Pipo Derani 
Oliver Jarvis 
Jules Gounon

 

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO GTE PRO 3:52.997 35.836
45

Joey Hand 
Dirk Muller 
Sébastien Bourdais

 

Ford GT GTE PRO 3:53.053 35.892
46

Matt Campbell 
Christian Ried 
Julien Andlauer

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE AM 3:53.408 36.247
47

Augusto Farfus 
Antonio Felix da Costa 
Jesse Krohn

 

BMW M8 GTE GTE PRO 3:53.498 36.337
48

Paul Dalla Lana 
Pedro Lamy 
Mathias Lauda

 

Aston Martin Vantage GTE AM 3:53.530 36.369
49

Thomas Flohr 
Francesco Castellacci 
Giancarlo Fisichella

 

Ferrari 488 GTE GTE AM 3:53.793 36.632
50

Stefan Mücke 
Olivier Pla 
Billy Johnson

 

Ford GT GTE PRO 3:53.793 36.632
51

Salih Yoluc 
Euan Hankey 
Charles Eastwood

 

Aston Martin Vantage GTE AM 3:53.974 36.813
52

Louis Prette 
Philippe Prette 
Vincent Abril

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE AM 3:54.324 37.163
53

Jeff Segal 
Rodrigo Baptista 
Wei Lu

 

Ferrari 488 GTE GTE AM 3:54.513 37.352
54

Motoaki Ishikawa 
Olivier Beretta 
Eddie Cheever III

 

Ferrari 488 GTE GTE AM 3:54.737 37.576
55

Michael Wainwright 
Benjamin Barker 
Thomas Preining

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE AM 3:55.033 37.872
56

Cooper MacNeil 
Toni Vilander 
Robert Smith

 

Ferrari 488 GTE GTE AM 3:55.544 38.383
57

Takeshi Kimura
Kei Cozzolino 
Côme Ledogar

 

Ferrari 488 GTE GTE AM 3:56.034 38.873
58

Luis Perez Companc 
Matthew Griffin 
Matteo Cressoni

 

Ferrari 488 GTE GTE AM 3:56.072 38.911
59

Claudio Schiavoni 
Andrea Piccini 
Sergio Pianezzola

 

Ferrari 488 GTE GTE AM 3:56.147 38.986
60

Manuela Gostner 
Rahel Frey 
Michelle Gatting

 

Ferrari 488 GTE GTE AM 3:56.333 39.172
61

Ben Keating 
Jeroen Bleekemolen 
Felipe Fraga

 

Ford GT GTE AM 3:56.579 39.418
62

Tracy Krohn 
Nic Jönsson 
Patrick Long

 

Porsche 911 RSR GTE AM    

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  • xoya

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    Of course Alonso improved the time. That man is a beast, however bad for the team he might or might not be.

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    • Jun 13 2019 - 07:21
  • Given the length of the race, is qualifying important at all in WEC?

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    • Jun 13 2019 - 07:25
  • Nice one from Alonso. I hope there's no rain today

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    • Jun 13 2019 - 10:23

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