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Toyota fastest despite Le Mans qualifying shunt

Mat Coch

Thursday 13th June, 2019 - 9:16am

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Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid

Toyota has set the pace in the opening qualifying session for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans despite a bizarre shunt at the Ford Chicane.

The Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez, and Mike Conway Toyota TS050 Hybrid proved the pace setter, topping the session by four tenths from the #17 BR Engineering BR1 entry.

Kobayashi set the car’s fastest time to put it on provisional pole, but it was Conway at the wheel when the car was involved in an unusual collision.

Ending a lap, Conway was working his way through the Ford Chicane when the #31 DragonSpeed LMP2 entry was recovering from a spin.

Driving the wrong way through the chicane, the two cars made head on contact, lifting Conway into the air and damaging the left front of the car.

The DragonSpeed entry is driven by Roberto Gonzalez, and former F1 drivers Pastor Maldonado and Anthony Davidson, and proved the fastest of the LMP2 runners.

Third fastest for the session was the Rebellion R13 of Thomas Laurent, Nathanael Berthon, and Gustavo Menzes, one spot ahead of the Fernando Alonso-driven Toyota entry.

A late lap from Alonso left the entry fourth fastest for the session, 2.4s off the pace of the sister car.

The Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito proved the fastest of the LMGTE Pro runners.

However their margin over the second placed Porsche of Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, and Patrick Pilet was only 0.03s.

Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, and Scott Dixon ended the session 38th overall, and 10th in class.

The sister car of Olivier Pla left the road in the Porsche Curve, which saw the #66 Ford GT make contact with the tyre bundle.

It ended the session in 50th and the slowest of the LMGTE Pro class runners.

Leading the LMGTE Am class was Satoshi Hoshino, Giogio Roda, and Matteo Cairoli in a Porsche 911 RSR in 41st outright.

Australian Matt Campbell sits 46th overall in the car he’s sharing with Christian Ried and Julien Andlauer.

The build-up for the 24 Hour of Le Mans continues with Qualifying 2, scheduled to commence at 0300 AEST tomorrow.

Results: 24 Hours of Le Mans, Qualifying 1

Pos Num Team Car Drivers Class Time Diff
1 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 – Hybrid Mike CONWAY / Kamui KOBAYASHI / Jose Maria LOPEZ LMP1 3:17.161
2 17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 – AER Stéphane SARRAZIN / Egor ORUDZHEV / Sergey SIROTKIN LMP1 3:17.633 0.472
3 3 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13 – Gibson Thomas LAURENT / Nathanaël BERTHON / Gustavo MENEZES LMP1 3:19.603 2.442
4 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 – Hybrid Sébastien BUEMI / Kazuki NAKAJIMA / Fernando ALONSO LMP1 3:19.632 2.471
5 10 DragonSpeed BR Engineering BR1 – Gibson Henrik HEDMAN / Ben HANLEY / Renger VAN DER ZANDE LMP1 3:20.200 3.039
6 1 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13 – Gibson Neel JANI / André LOTTERER / Bruno SENNA LMP1 3:20.297 3.136
7 11 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 – AER Vitaly PETROV / Mikhail ALESHIN / Stoffel VANDOORNE LMP1 3:20.934 3.773
8 4 Bykolles Racing Team Enso CLM P1/01 – Gibson Tom DILLMANN / Oliver WEBB / Paolo RUBERTI LMP1 3:25.246 8.085
9 31 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 – Gibson Roberto GONZALEZ / Pastor MALDONADO / Anthony DAVIDSON LMP2 3:26.804 9.643
10 36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470 – Gibson Nicolas LAPIERRE / André NEGRÃO / Pierre THIRIET LMP2 3:26.935 9.774
11 22 United Autosports Ligier JSP217 – Gibson Philip HANSON / Filipe ALBUQUERQUE / Paul DI RESTA LMP2 3:27.338 10.177
12 48 Idec Sport Oreca 07 – Gibson Paul LAFARGUE / Paul Loup CHATIN / Memo ROJAS LMP2 3:27.847 10.686
13 30 Duqueine Engineering Oreca 07 – Gibson Nicolas JAMIN / Pierre RAGUES / Romain DUMAS LMP2 3:28.653 11.492
14 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson Ho-Pin TUNG / Stéphane RICHELMI / Gabriel AUBRY LMP2 3:28.738 11.577
15 28 TDS Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson François PERRODO / Matthieu VAXIVIERE / Loïc DUVAL LMP2 3:28.840 11.679
16 29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217 – Gibson Frits VAN EERD / Giedo VAN DER GARDE / Nyck DE VRIES LMP2 3:28.909 11.748
17 26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 – Gibson Roman RUSINOV / Job VAN UITERT / Jean-Eric VERGNE LMP2 3:29.107 11.946
18 25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson David ZOLLINGER / Andrea PIZZITOLA / John FALB LMP2 3:29.126 11.965
19 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson David HEINEMEIER-HANSSON / Jordan KING / Ricky TAYLOR LMP2 3:29.498 12.337
20 32 United Autosports Ligier JSP217 – Gibson Ryan CULLEN / Alex BRUNDLE / Will OWEN LMP2 3:29.583 12.422
21 47 Cetilar R. Villorba Corse Dallara P217 – Gibson Roberto LACORTE / Giorgio SERNAGIOTTO / Andrea BELICCHI LMP2 3:29.748 12.587
22 23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JSP217 – Gibson René BINDER / Julien CANAL / William STEVENS LMP2 3:29.821 12.66
23 34 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JSP217 – Gibson Jakub SMIECHOWSKI / James WINSLOW / Nigel MOORE LMP2 3:30.744 13.583
24 39 Graff Oreca 07 – Gibson Tristan GOMMENDY / Vincent CAPILLAIRE / Jonathan HIRSCHI LMP2 3:30.970 13.809
25 43 RLR M Sport / Tower Events Oreca 07 – Gibson John FARANO / Arjun MAINI / Norman NATO LMP2 3:31.017 13.856
26 20 High Class Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson Anders FJORDBACH / Dennis ANDERSEN / Mathias BECHE LMP2 3:32.945 15.784
27 49 ARC Bratislava Ligier JSP217 – Gibson Miro KONOPKA / Henning ENQVIST / Konstantin TERESCHENKO LMP2 3:35.480 18.319
28 50 Larbre Competition Ligier JSP217 – Gibson Erwin CREED / Romano RICCI / Nicholas BOULLE LMP2 3:38.663 21.502
29 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT Andy PRIAULX / Harry TINCKNELL / Jonathan BOMARITO LMGTE Pro 3:49.530 32.369
30 93 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Patrick PILET / Earl BAMBER / Nick TANDY LMGTE Pro 3:49.558 32.397
31 97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR Maxime MARTIN / Alexander LYNN / Jonathan ADAM LMGTE Pro 3:50.037 32.876
32 91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Richard LIETZ / Gianmaria BRUNI / Frédéric MAKOWIECKI LMGTE Pro 3:50.099 32.938
33 94 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Sven MÜLLER / Mathieu JAMINET / Dennis OLSEN LMGTE Pro 3:50.278 33.117
34 92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Michael CHRISTENSEN / Kevin ESTRE / Laurens VANTHOOR LMGTE Pro 3:50.468 33.307
35 95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR Nicki THIIM / Marco SØRENSEN / Darren TURNER LMGTE Pro 3:50.812 33.651
36 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO Davide RIGON / Sam BIRD / Miguel MOLINA LMGTE Pro 3:50.850 33.689
37 81 BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE Nicky CATSBURG / Martin TOMCZYK / Philipp ENG LMGTE Pro 3:51.476 34.315
38 69 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT Ryan BRISCOE / Richard WESTBROOK / Scott DIXON LMGTE Pro 3:51.821 34.66
39 63 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Jan MAGNUSSEN / Antonio GARCIA / Mike ROCKENFELLER LMGTE Pro 3:52.109 34.948
40 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO Alessandro PIER GUIDI / James CALADO / Daniel SERRA LMGTE Pro 3:52.128 34.967
41 88 Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Satoshi HOSHINO / Giorgio RODA JR / Matteo CAIROLI LMGTE Am 3:52.454 35.293
42 64 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R Oliver GAVIN / Tommy MILNER / Marcel FÄSSLER LMGTE Pro 3:52.490 35.329
43 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR Jörg BERGMEISTER / Patrick LINDSEY / Egidio PERFETTI LMGTE Am 3:52.750 35.589
44 89 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE EVO Pipo DERANI / Oliver JARVIS / Jules GOUNON LMGTE Pro 3:52.997 35.836
45 68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford GT Joey HAND / Dirk MÜLLER / Sébastien BOURDAIS LMGTE Pro 3:53.053 35.892
46 77 Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Matt CAMPBELL / Christian RIED / Julien ANDLAUER LMGTE Am 3:53.408 36.247
47 82 BMW Team MTEK BMW M8 GTE Augusto FARFUS / Antonio Felix DA COSTA / Jesse KROHN LMGTE Pro 3:53.498 36.337
48 98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage Paul DALLA LANA / Pedro LAMY / Mathias LAUDA LMGTE Am 3:53.530 36.369
49 54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE Thomas FLOHR / Francesco CASTELLACCI / Giancarlo FISICHELLA LMGTE Am 3:53.793 36.632
50 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT Stefan MÜCKE / Olivier PLA / Billy JOHNSON LMGTE Pro 3:53.793 36.632
51 90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage Salih YOLUC / Euan HANKEY / Charles EASTWOOD LMGTE Am 3:53.974 36.813
52 78 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR Louis PRETTE / Philippe PRETTE / Vincent ABRIL LMGTE Am 3:54.324 37.163
53 84 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE Jeffrey SEGAL / Rodrigo BAPTISTA / Wei LU LMGTE Am 3:54.513 37.352
54 70 MR Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Motoaki ISHIKAWA / Olivier BERETTA / Edward CHEEVER LMGTE Am 3:54.737 37.576
55 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR Michael WAINWRIGHT / Benjamin BARKER / Thomas PREINING LMGTE Am 3:55.033 37.872
56 62 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Cooper MACNEIL / Toni VILANDER / Robert SMITH LMGTE Am 3:55.544 38.383
57 57 Car Guy Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Takeshi KIMURA / Kei COZZOLINO / Côme LEDOGAR LMGTE Am 3:56.034 38.873
58 61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Luis PEREZ-COMPANC / Matthew GRIFFIN / Matteo CRESSONI LMGTE Am 3:56.072 38.911
59 60 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Claudio SCHIAVONI / Sergio PIANEZZOLA / Andrea PICCINI LMGTE Am 3:56.147 38.986
60 83 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Manuela GOSTNER / Rahel FREY / Michelle GATTING LMGTE Am 3:56.333 39.172
61 85 Keating Motorsports Ford GT Ben KEATING / Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN / Felipe FRAGA LMGTE Am 3:56.579 39.418
62 99 Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR Patrick LONG / Tracy KROHN / Niclas JÖNSSON LMGTE Am

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