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Le Mans Q3: Kobayashi claims pole and heads Toyota 1-2

  • Published on 13 Jun 2019 23:04
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The #7 Toyota has claimed pole position for the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, ahead of its sister #8 car. 

The fastest lap of qualifying was set in Q2 earlier in the evening by Kamui Kobayashi, who laid down a 3:15.497, which was four-tenths ahead of the #8 entry.

Toyota spent much of the session working on its long-run pace, with the set to get underway on Saturday afternoon. Behind Toyota, SMP Racing and Rebellion Racing set the third and fourth fastest times with the #17 car heading the #3.

Toyota predicted that SMP Racing would give it a challenge for pole position, however in the end, it was over six-tenths down on the pace.

The third row in the LMP1 class sees the second SMP and Rebellion cars, while DragonSpeed and ByKolles Racing completing the LMP1 grid the latter improving by six-tenths from Q2 to Q3.


Despite DragonSpeed's consistent impressive speed throughout qualifying, the team didn't manage to secure pole in the LMP2 class. 

Although it improved by almost a second from the second session earlier on Thursday, Graff and TDS Racing managed to improve nicely to secure 9th and 10th overall, and the front row in their class.

TDS Racing's position also means it is the highest placed car running the Dunlop tyres.

Signatech Alpine Matmut improved only very slightly on its time and had to settle for fourth alongside DragonSpeed.

There were consistent gaps in the LMP2 class as roughly two-tenths to four-tenths separated each car all the way down to the #32 United Autosports car, who was 10th in the category.

The #32 car narrowly beat High Class Racing and Panis Barthez Competition to 10th, with just two-tenths of a second between the three cars.


In a thrilling battle for pole in the GTE Pro class, it was Aston Martin Racing that came out on top, with the #95 car improving its time by almost three seconds from Q2.

The car narrowly beat Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK to the class pole, with just over a tenth separating the two cars. Behind them, there was a big gap to Corvette Racing and Porsche, who were over seven-tenths down.

There was another close fight between the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK, the #69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA and the #64 Corvette Racing cars, who were 9th, 10th and 11th in the Pro class, setting times within half a tenth of each other.

One GTE Am car went faster than a Pro entry, as the #89 Dempsey-Proton Racing machine pipped Risi Competizione. 

Dempsey-Proton was delivered a hit earlier today when it confirmed that it would have to withdraw its #99 car following a heavy crash for Tracy Krohn on Wednesday during practice.

However, the #77 Dempsey-Proton car was the second fastest GTE Am entry, beating Gulf Racing and JMW Motorsport to a front row start in that class.


Pos. Drivers Car Class Time Gap

Mike Conway 
Kamui Kobayashi 
Jose Maria Lopez


Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3:15.497  

Sébastien Buemi 
Kazuki Nakajima 
 Fernando Alonso


Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3:15.908 0.411

Stéphane Sarrazin 
Egor Orudzhev 
Sergey Sirotkin


BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:16.159 0.662

Thomas Laurent 
Nathanael Berthon 
Gustavo Menezes


Rebellion R13 LMP1 3:16.404 0.907

Vitaly Petrov 
Mikhail Aleshin 
Stoffel Vandoorne


BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:16.665 1.168

Neel Jani 
Andre Lotterer 
Bruno Senna


Rebellion R13 LMP1 3:16.810 1.313

Henrik Hedman 
Ben Hanley 
Renger van der Zande


BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:20.200 4.703

Tom Dillmann 
Oliver Webb 
Paolo Ruberti


ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 3:23.109 7.612

Tristan Gommendy 
Vincent Capillaire 
Jonathan Hirschi


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:25.073 9.576

François Perrodo 
Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Loic Duval


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:25.345 9.848

Roberto Gonzalez 
Pastor Maldonado 
Anthony Davidson


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:25.667 10.170

Nicolas Lapierre 
Andre Negrao 
Pierre Thiriet


Alpine A470 LMP2 3:25.874 10.377

Paul Lafargue  
Paul-Loup Chatin 
Memo Rojas


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:26.011 10.514

Roman Rusinov 
Job Van Uitert 
Jean-Eric Vergne


Aurus 01 LMP2 3:26.257 10.760

Philip Hanson 
Filipe Albuquerque 
Paul di Resta


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:26.543 11.046

Ho-Pin Tung 
Stéphane Richelmi 
Gabriel Aubry


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:26.821 11.324

Frits van Eerd 
Giedo van der Garde 
Nyck de Vries


Dallara P217 LMP2 3:27.107 11.610

Ryan Cullen 
Alex Brundle


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:27.509 12.012

Anders Fjordbach 
Dennis Andersen 
Mathias Beche


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:27.610 12.113

Rene Binder 
Julien Canal 
Will Stevens


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:27.790 12.293

David Heinemeier Hansson 
Jordan King 
Ricky Taylor


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.049 12.552

Nico Jamin 
Pierre Ragues 
Romain Dumas


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.195 12.698

David Zollinger 
Andrea Pizzitola 
John Falb


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.457 12.960

John Farano 
Arjun Maini 
Norman Nato


Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.803 13.306

Roberto Lacorte 
Giorgio Sernagiotto 
Andrea Belicchi


Dallara P217 LMP2 3:28.942 13.445

Jakub Smiechowski 
James Winslow 
Nigel Moore


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:30.744 15.247

Miro Konopka 
Henning Enqvist 
Konstantin Tereshchenko


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:34.146 18.649

Erwin Creed 
Romano Ricci 
Nicholas Boulle


Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:34.913 19.416

Marco Sorensen 
Nicki Thiim 
Darren Turner


Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3:48.000 32.503

Andy Priaulx 
Harry Tincknell 
Jonathan Bomarito


Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3:48.112 32.615

Jan Magnussen 
Antonio Garcia 
Mike Rockenfeller


Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 3:48.830 33.333

Patrick Pilet 
Earl Bamber 
Nick Tandy


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3:48.907 33.410

Augusto Farfus 
Antonio Felix da Costa 
Jesse Krohn


BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 3:49.108 33.611

Joey Hand 
Dirk Muller 
Sébastien Bourdais


Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3:49.116 33.619

Michael Christensen 
Kevin Estre 
Laurens Vanthoor


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3:49.196 33.699

Davide Rigon 
Sam Bird 
Miguel Molina


Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3:49.391 33.894

Stefan Mücke 
Olivier Pla 
Billy Johnson


Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3:49.511 34.014

Ryan Briscoe  
Richard Westbrook 
Scott Dixon


Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3:49.546 34.049

Oliver Gavin 
Tommy Milner 
Marcel Fassler


Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 3:49.573 34.076

Alessandro Pier Guidi 
James Calado 
Daniel Serra


Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3:49.655 34.158

Gianmaria Bruni 
Richard Lietz 
Frédéric Makowiecki


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3:49.921 34.424

Alex Lynn 
Maxime Martin 
Jonathan Adam


Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3:50.037 34.540

Sven Muller 
Mathieu Jaminet 
Dennis Olsen


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3:50.278 34.781

Nick Catsburg 
Martin Tomczyk 
Philipp Eng


BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 3:51.353 35.856

Satoshi Hoshino 
Giorgio Roda 
Matteo Cairoli


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:51.439 35.942

Pipo Derani 
Oliver Jarvis 
Jules Gounon


Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3:51.454 35.957

Matt Campbell 
Christian Ried 
Julien Andlauer


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:51.645 36.148

Michael Wainwright 
Benjamin Barker 
Thomas Preining


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:51.944 36.447

Jeff Segal 
Rodrigo Baptista 
Wei Lu


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:52.423 36.926

Louis Prette 
Philippe Prette 
Vincent Abril


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:52.434 36.937

Jörg Bergmeister 
Patrick Lindsey 
Egidio Perfetti


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:52.750 37.253

Thomas Flohr 
Francesco Castellacci 
Giancarlo Fisichella


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:52.826 37.329

Takeshi Kimura 
Kei Cozzolino 
Côme Ledogar


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:53.474 37.977

Ben Keating 
Jeroen Bleekemolen 
Felipe Fraga


Ford GT LMGTE AM 3:53.492 37.995

Claudio Schiavoni 
Andrea Piccini 
Sergio Pianezzola


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:53.528 38.031

Paul Dalla Lana 
Pedro Lamy 
Mathias Lauda


Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 3:53.530 38.033

Salih Yoluc 
Euan Hankey 
Charles Eastwood


Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 3:53.606 38.109

Cooper MacNeil 
Toni Vilander 
Robert Smith


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:53.630 38.133

Motoaki Ishikawa 
Olivier Beretta 
Eddie Cheever III


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:54.051 38.554

Manuela Gostner 
Rahel Frey 
Michelle Gatting


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:54.083 38.586

Luis Perez Companc 
Matthew Griffin  
Matteo Cressoni


Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:54.799 39.302

Tracy Krohn 
Nic Jönsson 
Patrick Long


Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM    

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