Alonso on pole for 24 Hours of Le Mans debut

Mat Coch

Friday 15th June, 2018 - 9:17am

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Toyota Gazoo Racing

Fernando Alonso will start his maiden 24 Hours of Le Mans from pole position as Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated qualifying at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Sharing the #8 Toyota TS050, Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima, and Sebastien Buemi set the quickest time across the three qualifying sessions, their 3:15.377s a full two seconds faster than the sister car.

The lap was set by Nakajima, who’d set the provisional fastest time on Wednesday before improving on that effort in Qualifying 3.

Matt Campbell’s #77 Porsche 911 RSR lapped slower in the second qualifying session than it had on Wednesday, though none of the times bettered the 3:31.930s lap which put the Australian second on the LMGTE Am grid.

The car would however fall to third in class in Qualifying 3, as Ben Barker set a time that will see the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche he’s sharing with Alex Davison and Michael Wainwright second in class.

Porsche also secured pole in LMGTE Pro, Gianmaria Bruni’s Wednesday time standing throughout the final two qualifying sessions to hand Manthey a 1-2 in class.

The Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, and Richard Westbrook will line up seventh in class.

Having set the provisional fastest time in Wednesday’s session, Idec Sport improved in Qualifying 3 to confirm themselves of the LMP2 pole position, with Oreca 07 – Gibsons taking out the top four places in class.

Two qualifying sessions on Thursday night settled the grid after an intial session on Wednesday set a provisional order.

Qualifying 2, which started at 1900 local time, was marred by two of red flag interruptions, with a number of LMP2 and GTE entries leaving the road.

A ragged performance from Mike Conway also saw the #7 Toyota off the road an multiple occasions, though he was able to rejoin and carry on each time.

The #94 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Sven Muller also crashed, tagging the tyre barrier at Indianapolis and drawing the first red flag.

The session was ultimately called early when Girogio Sernagiotto crashed approaching the first chicane on the Mulsanne with a suspected front puncture.

Qualifying 3 then ran without incident, Nakajima banking the best lap of the weekend to confirm Wednesday’s provisional pole position.

Results: 24 Hours of Le Mans, Combined Qualifying

Pos Number Drivers Team Car Time Class
1 8 Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 3:15.377 LMP1
2 7 Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 3:17.377 LMP1
3 1 Lotterer/Jani/Senna Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13 – Gibson 3:19.449 LMP1
4 17 Sarrazin/Orudzhev/Isaakyan SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 – AER 3:19.483 LMP1
5 3 Laurent/Beche/Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13 – Gibson 3:19.945 LMP1
6 10 Hedman/Hanley/Van Der Zande Dragonspeed BR Engineering BR1 – Gibson 3:21.110 LMP1
7 11 Petrov/Aleshin/Button SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 – AER 3:21.408 LMP1
8 4 Webb/Kraihamer/Dillmann Bykolles Racing Team Enso CLM P1/01 – Nismo 3:22.505 LMP1
9 6 Rowland/Brundle/Turvey CEFC TRSM Racing Ginetta G60-LT-P1 – Mecachrome 3:23.757 LMP1
10 48 Lafargue/Chatin/Rojas Idec Sport Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:24.842 LMP2
11 31 Gonzalez/Maldonado/Berthon Dragonspeed Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:24.883 LMP2
12 26 Rusinov/Pizzitola/Vergne G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:25.160 LMP2
13 28 Perrodo/Vaxiviere/Duval TDS Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:25.240 LMP2
14 5 Robertson/Simpson/Roussel CEFC TRSM Racing Ginetta G60-LT-P1 – Mecachrome 3:25.268 LMP1
15 23 Buret/Canal/Stevens Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 3:25.376 LMP2
16 36 Lapierre/Negrão/Thiriet Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470 – Gibson 3:26.681 LMP2
17 39 Capillaire/Hirschi/Gommendy Graff-SO24 Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:26.701 LMP2
18 22 Hanson/Albuquerque/Di Resta United Autosports Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 3:26.772 LMP2
19 38 Tung/Richelmi/Aubry Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:27.120 LMP2
20 37 Jaafar/Jeffri/Tan Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:27.226 LMP2
21 40 Allen/Gutierrez/Guibbert G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson 3:27.280 LMP2
22 47 Lacorte/Sernagiotto/Nasr Cetilar Villorba Corse Dallara P217 – Gibson 3:27.993 LMP2
23 29 Van Eerd/Van Der Garde/Lammers Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217 – Gibson 3:28.111 LMP2
24 32 De Sadeleer/Owen/Montoya United Autosports Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 3:28.159 LMP2
25 35 Shaitar/Newey/Nato SMP Racing Dallara P217 – Gibson 3:28.629 LMP2
26 34 Taylor/Ledogar/Heinemeier-Hansson Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 3:29.474 LMP2
27 44 Bertolini/Jönsson/Krohn Eurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 3:33.585 LMP2
28 33 Cheng/Boulle/Nicolet Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 3:35.237 LMP2
29 50 Creed/Ricci/Dagoneau Larbre Competition Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 3:38.206 LMP2
30 25 Patterson/De Jong/Kim Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JSP217 – Gibson 3:39.518 LMP2
31 91 Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 3:47.504 LMGTE Pro
32 92 Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 3:49.097 LMGTE Pro
33 66 Mücke/Pla/Johnson Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT 3:49.181 LMGTE Pro
34 51 Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 3:49.494 LMGTE Pro
35 68 Hand/Müller/Bourdais Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT 3:49.582 LMGTE Pro
36 93 Pilet/Tandy/Bamber Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 3:49.589 LMGTE Pro
37 69 Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT 3:49.761 LMGTE Pro
38 94 Dumas/Bernhard/Müller Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR 3:50.089 LMGTE Pro
39 63 Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller Corvette Racing – GM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 3:50.242 LMGTE Pro
40 71 Rigon/Bird/Molina AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 3:50.246 LMGTE Pro
41 67 Priaulx/Tincknell/Kanaan Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT 3:50.429 LMGTE Pro
42 82 Farfus/Felix Da Costa/Sims BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE 3:50.579 LMGTE Pro
43 81 Tomczyk/Catsburg/Eng BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE 3:50.596 LMGTE Pro
44 88 Cairoli/Al Qubaisi/Roda Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR 3:50.728 LMGTE Am
45 64 Gavin/Milner/Fässler Corvette Racing – GM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 3:50.952 LMGTE Pro
46 52 Vilander/Giovinazzi/Derani AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 3:50.957 LMGTE Pro
47 86 Wainwright/Barker/Davison Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR 3:51.391 LMGTE Am
48 77 Campbell/Ried/Andlauer Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR 3:51.930 LMGTE Am
49 54 Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella Spirit of Race Ferrari F488 GTE 3:51.956 LMGTE Am
50 97 Lynn/Martin/Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR 3:52.486 LMGTE Pro
51 56 Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR 3:52.985 LMGTE Am
52 90 Yoluc/Hankey/Eastwood TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage 3:53.070 LMGTE Am
53 80 Babini/Nielsen/Maris Ebimotors Porsche 911 RSR 3:53.402 LMGTE Am
54 61 Mok/Griffin/Sawa Clearwater Racing Ferrari F488 GTE 3:53.409 LMGTE Am
55 84 Griffin/Macneil/Segal JMW Motorsport Ferrari F488 GTE 3:53.439 LMGTE Am
56 95 Sørensen/Thiim/Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR 3:53.523 LMGTE Pro
57 98 Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage 3:53.817 LMGTE Am
58 85 Keating/Bleekemolen/Stolz Keating Motorsports Ferrari F488 GTE 3:54.000 LMGTE Am
59 99 Long/Pappas/Pumpelly Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR 3:54.720 LMGTE Am
60 70 Ishikawa/Beretta/Cheever MR Racing Ferrari F488 GTE 3:54.951 LMGTE Am

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