user icon

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

  • Published on 13 Jun 2019 23:04
  • comments 0
  • 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.

LMP2

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.

GTE

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
1

Mike Conway 
Kamui Kobayashi 
Jose Maria Lopez

 

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3:15.497  
2

Sébastien Buemi 
Kazuki Nakajima 
 Fernando Alonso

 

Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3:15.908 0.411
3

Stéphane Sarrazin 
Egor Orudzhev 
Sergey Sirotkin

 

BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:16.159 0.662
4

Thomas Laurent 
Nathanael Berthon 
Gustavo Menezes

 

Rebellion R13 LMP1 3:16.404 0.907
5

Vitaly Petrov 
Mikhail Aleshin 
Stoffel Vandoorne

 

BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:16.665 1.168
6

Neel Jani 
Andre Lotterer 
Bruno Senna

 

Rebellion R13 LMP1 3:16.810 1.313
7

Henrik Hedman 
Ben Hanley 
Renger van der Zande

 

BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 3:20.200 4.703
8

Tom Dillmann 
Oliver Webb 
Paolo Ruberti

 

ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 3:23.109 7.612
9

Tristan Gommendy 
Vincent Capillaire 
Jonathan Hirschi

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:25.073 9.576
10

François Perrodo 
Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Loic Duval

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:25.345 9.848
11

Roberto Gonzalez 
Pastor Maldonado 
Anthony Davidson

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:25.667 10.170
12

Nicolas Lapierre 
Andre Negrao 
Pierre Thiriet

 

Alpine A470 LMP2 3:25.874 10.377
13

Paul Lafargue  
Paul-Loup Chatin 
Memo Rojas

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:26.011 10.514
14

Roman Rusinov 
Job Van Uitert 
Jean-Eric Vergne

 

Aurus 01 LMP2 3:26.257 10.760
15

Philip Hanson 
Filipe Albuquerque 
Paul di Resta

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:26.543 11.046
16

Ho-Pin Tung 
Stéphane Richelmi 
Gabriel Aubry

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:26.821 11.324
17

Frits van Eerd 
Giedo van der Garde 
Nyck de Vries

 

Dallara P217 LMP2 3:27.107 11.610
18

Ryan Cullen 
Alex Brundle

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:27.509 12.012
19

Anders Fjordbach 
Dennis Andersen 
Mathias Beche

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:27.610 12.113
20

Rene Binder 
Julien Canal 
Will Stevens

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:27.790 12.293
21

David Heinemeier Hansson 
Jordan King 
Ricky Taylor

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.049 12.552
22

Nico Jamin 
Pierre Ragues 
Romain Dumas

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.195 12.698
23

David Zollinger 
Andrea Pizzitola 
John Falb

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.457 12.960
24

John Farano 
Arjun Maini 
Norman Nato

 

Oreca 07 LMP2 3:28.803 13.306
25

Roberto Lacorte 
Giorgio Sernagiotto 
Andrea Belicchi

 

Dallara P217 LMP2 3:28.942 13.445
26

Jakub Smiechowski 
James Winslow 
Nigel Moore

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:30.744 15.247
27

Miro Konopka 
Henning Enqvist 
Konstantin Tereshchenko

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:34.146 18.649
28

Erwin Creed 
Romano Ricci 
Nicholas Boulle

 

Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3:34.913 19.416
29

Marco Sorensen 
Nicki Thiim 
Darren Turner

 

Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3:48.000 32.503
30

Andy Priaulx 
Harry Tincknell 
Jonathan Bomarito

 

Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3:48.112 32.615
31

Jan Magnussen 
Antonio Garcia 
Mike Rockenfeller

 

Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 3:48.830 33.333
32

Patrick Pilet 
Earl Bamber 
Nick Tandy

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3:48.907 33.410
33

Augusto Farfus 
Antonio Felix da Costa 
Jesse Krohn

 

BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 3:49.108 33.611
34

Joey Hand 
Dirk Muller 
Sébastien Bourdais

 

Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3:49.116 33.619
35

Michael Christensen 
Kevin Estre 
Laurens Vanthoor

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3:49.196 33.699
36

Davide Rigon 
Sam Bird 
Miguel Molina

 

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3:49.391 33.894
37

Stefan Mücke 
Olivier Pla 
Billy Johnson

 

Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3:49.511 34.014
38

Ryan Briscoe  
Richard Westbrook 
Scott Dixon

 

Ford GT LMGTE PRO 3:49.546 34.049
39

Oliver Gavin 
Tommy Milner 
Marcel Fassler

 

Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 3:49.573 34.076
40

Alessandro Pier Guidi 
James Calado 
Daniel Serra

 

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3:49.655 34.158
41

Gianmaria Bruni 
Richard Lietz 
Frédéric Makowiecki

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3:49.921 34.424
42

Alex Lynn 
Maxime Martin 
Jonathan Adam

 

Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3:50.037 34.540
43

Sven Muller 
Mathieu Jaminet 
Dennis Olsen

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3:50.278 34.781
44

Nick Catsburg 
Martin Tomczyk 
Philipp Eng

 

BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 3:51.353 35.856
45

Satoshi Hoshino 
Giorgio Roda 
Matteo Cairoli

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:51.439 35.942
46

Pipo Derani 
Oliver Jarvis 
Jules Gounon

 

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3:51.454 35.957
47

Matt Campbell 
Christian Ried 
Julien Andlauer

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:51.645 36.148
48

Michael Wainwright 
Benjamin Barker 
Thomas Preining

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:51.944 36.447
49

Jeff Segal 
Rodrigo Baptista 
Wei Lu

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:52.423 36.926
50

Louis Prette 
Philippe Prette 
Vincent Abril

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:52.434 36.937
51

Jörg Bergmeister 
Patrick Lindsey 
Egidio Perfetti

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3:52.750 37.253
52

Thomas Flohr 
Francesco Castellacci 
Giancarlo Fisichella

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:52.826 37.329
53

Takeshi Kimura 
Kei Cozzolino 
Côme Ledogar

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:53.474 37.977
54

Ben Keating 
Jeroen Bleekemolen 
Felipe Fraga

 

Ford GT LMGTE AM 3:53.492 37.995
55

Claudio Schiavoni 
Andrea Piccini 
Sergio Pianezzola

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:53.528 38.031
56

Paul Dalla Lana 
Pedro Lamy 
Mathias Lauda

 

Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 3:53.530 38.033
57

Salih Yoluc 
Euan Hankey 
Charles Eastwood

 

Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 3:53.606 38.109
58

Cooper MacNeil 
Toni Vilander 
Robert Smith

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:53.630 38.133
59

Motoaki Ishikawa 
Olivier Beretta 
Eddie Cheever III

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:54.051 38.554
60

Manuela Gostner 
Rahel Frey 
Michelle Gatting

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:54.083 38.586
61

Luis Perez Companc 
Matthew Griffin  
Matteo Cressoni

 

Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 3:54.799 39.302
62

Tracy Krohn 
Nic Jönsson 
Patrick Long

 

Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM    

Replies (0)

Login to reply


GB Grand Prix of Great Britain

Local time 

View more photos

GB Grand Prix of Great Britain

Local time 

View more photos


Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Ferrari win a race in 2019?


World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings


Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar