Toyota on top as Porsche dominates GTE classes at Le Mans

Mat Coch

Thursday 14th June, 2018 - 10:58am

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Kazuki Nakajima

Toyota topped the timesheets at Circuit de la Sarthe as Porsche dominated the GTE classes ahead of this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In LMP1 class Kazuki Nakajima went fastest for Toyota, with countryman Kamui Kobayashi second fastest in the second Toyota Gazoo Racing entry.

It left the two manufacturer entries at the top of the time sheets, more than two seconds faster than the fastest privateer LMP1 SMP Racing entry in their BR Engineering BR1 – AER.

Leading the LMP2 class was Idec Sport’s Oreca 07 – Gibson, Orecas holding the top four places in class.

The two hour session started at 2200, Nakajima’s best time was set early before the car was handed over to Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso so they could complete their required night time running ahead of the race itself.

Porsche then locked out the top two places in LMGTE Pro, and the first three places in GTE Am, including second and third for Australians Matt Campbell and Alex Davison respectively.

Campbell set the time that saw his Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR second fastest in class, 1.2s off the team’s sister car which went fastest while the Gulf Racing entry in which Davison will compete was half a second further back, the time set by Ben Barker.

Behind the class leading Porsches in LMGTE Pro were two of the four Chip Ganassi Ford GTs, though the Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe, and Richard Westbrook entry was only 10th quickest in class.

Two further qualifying sessions follow on Thursday, the first at 1900 before Qualifying 3 at 2200.

Teams then have Friday free to prepare their cars ahead of a morning warm up on Saturday at 0900 prior to the race start at 1500.

Results: Qualifying 1, 24 Hours of Le Mans

Pos Num Driver Team Car Time/Gap Class
1 8 Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 3:17.270 LMP1
2 7 Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 0.107 LMP1
3 17 Sarrazin/Orudzhev/Isaakyan SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 – AER 2.213 LMP1
4 1 Lotterer/Jani/Senna Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13 – Gibson 2.392 LMP1
5 3 Laurent/Beche/Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13 – Gibson 2.675 LMP1
6 10 Hedman/Hanley/Van Der Zande Dragonspeed BR Engineering BR1 – Gibson 3.84 LMP1
7 11 Petrov/Aleshin/Button SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 – AER 4.138 LMP1
8 4 Webb/Kraihamer/Dillmann Bykolles Racing Team Enso CLM P1/01 – Nismo 5.235 LMP1
9 48 Lafargue/Chatin/Rojas Idec Sport Oreca 07 – Gibson 7.686 LMP2
10 28 Perrodo/Vaxiviere/Duval TDS Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 7.97 LMP2
11 26 Rusinov/Pizzitola/Vergne G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 9.177 LMP2
12 31 Gonzalez/Maldonado/Berthon Dragonspeed Oreca 07 – Gibson 9.238 LMP2
13 36 Lapierre/Negrão/Thiriet Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470 – Gibson 9.411 LMP2
14 22 Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta United Autosports Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 9.502 LMP2
15 37 Jaafar/Jeffri/Tan Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 10.198 LMP2
16 47 Lacorte/Sernagiotto/Nasr Cetilar Villorba Corse Dallara P217 – Gibson 10.723 LMP2
17 38 Tung/Richelmi/Aubry Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 10.729 LMP2
18 29 Van Eerd/Van Der Garde/Lammers Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217 – Gibson 11.286 LMP2
19 35 Shaitar/Newey/Nato SMP Racing Dallara P217 – Gibson 11.359 LMP2
20 23 Buret/Canal/Stevens Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 12.151 LMP2
21 39 Capillaire/Hirschi/Gommendy Graff-SO24 Oreca 07 – Gibson 12.59 LMP2
22 6 Rowland/Brundle/Turvey CEFC TRSM Racing Ginetta G60-LT-P1 – Mecachrome 13.069 LMP1
23 32 De Sadeleer/Owen/Montoya United Autosports Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 13.077 LMP2
24 5 Robertson/Simpson/Roussel CEFC TRSM Racing Ginetta G60-LT-P1 – Mecachrome 13.211 LMP1
25 40 Allen/Gutierrez/Guibbert G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 14.021 LMP2
26 34 Taylor/Ledogar/Heinemeier-Hansson Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 16.485 LMP2
27 33 Cheng/Boulle/Nicolet Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 17.967 LMP2
28 44 Bertolini/Jönsson/Krohn Eurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 18.115 LMP2
29 50 Creed/Ricci/Dagoneau Larbre Competition Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 20.936 LMP2
30 25 Patterson/De Jong/Kim Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 26.907 LMP2
31 91 Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 30.234 LMGTE Pro
32 92 Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 31.827 LMGTE Pro
33 66 Mücke/Pla/Johnson Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT 31.911 LMGTE Pro
34 68 Hand/Müller/Bourdais Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT 32.312 LMGTE Pro
35 51 Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 32.584 LMGTE Pro
36 94 Dumas/Bernhard/Müller Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 32.819 LMGTE Pro
37 93 Pilet/Tandy/Bamber Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 32.991 LMGTE Pro
38 67 Priaulx/Tincknell/Kanaan Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT 33.159 LMGTE Pro
39 82 Farfus/Felix Da Costa/Sims BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE 33.309 LMGTE Pro
40 69 Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT 33.323 LMGTE Pro
41 81 Tomczyk/Catsburg/Eng BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE 33.326 LMGTE Pro
42 71 Rigon/Bird/Molina AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 33.399 LMGTE Pro
43 88 Cairoli/Al Qubaisi/Roda Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR 33.458 LMGTE Am
44 63 Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller Corvette Racing – GM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 33.519 LMGTE Pro
45 64 Gavin/Milner/Fässler Corvette Racing – GM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 33.682 LMGTE Pro
46 77 Campbell/Ried/Andlauer Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR 34.66 LMGTE Am
47 52 Vilander/Giovinazzi/Derani AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 34.842 LMGTE Pro
48 97 Lynn/Martin/Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR 35.216 LMGTE Pro
49 86 Wainwright/Barker/Davison Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR 35.247 LMGTE Am
50 54 Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella Spirit of Race Ferrari F488 GTE 35.486 LMGTE Am
51 56 Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR 35.715 LMGTE Am
52 85 Keating/Bleekemolen/Stolz Keating Motorsports Ferrari F488 GTE 36.73 LMGTE Am
53 98 Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage 37.037 LMGTE Am
54 84 Griffin/Macneil/Segal JMW Motorsport Ferrari F488 GTE 37.114 LMGTE Am
55 95 Sørensen/Thiim/Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR 37.51 LMGTE Pro
56 70 Ishikawa/Beretta/Cheever MR Racing Ferrari F488 GTE 37.681 LMGTE Am
57 61 Mok/Griffin/Sawa Clearwater Racing Ferrari F488 GTE 37.806 LMGTE Am
58 80 Babini/Nielsen/Maris Ebimotors Porsche 911 RSR 38.299 LMGTE Am
59 90 Yoluc/Hankey/Eastwood TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage 38.391 LMGTE Am
60 99 Long/Pappas/Pumpelly Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR 45.837 LMGTE Am

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