Kobayashi puts Toyota on pole provisional Le Mans


Kamui Kobayashi has signed the best lap of the first qualifying session of of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a time of 3:18.783, the japanese rider has placed the Toyota TS050 Hybrid #7 in the pole provisional of the 85th edition of the test to the absence of two qualifying sessions still to be won. All in all, the time Kobayashi is already a second quicker than the pole position that was marked in 2016. The Aston Martin #95 Thiim, Sorensen and Stanaway has set the standard ahead of the Ferrari 488 GTE within the class LMGTE-Pro.

despite the large amount of yellow flags and ‘slow zones’, Kobayashi has managed to find the time to mark a time of 3:18.793, a record that has earned it for exceed by more than six tenths of the Toyota #8 of Buemi, Davidson and Nakajima. With a time of 3:19.710 has been Timo Bernhard at the wheel of the Porsche #2, a unit that has had to go through a brief process of repair in the pits. Nothing important in any case and so has become clear at the end of Bernhard’s ahead of Toyota’s #9 and the Porsche #1. To base of top-end speed in a straight line, the ByKolles still ahead of the LMP2.

A class LMP2 that has left a multitude of incidents and mishaps. No serious accidents, Dallara have had a session especially difficult. Although the Oreca #37 Jackie Chan has been the first unit to roll slow on the track, have not been spared from the problems, Dallara #47 of Cetilar Villorba Corse or the Dallara #27, SMR Racing, which has had a track output with subsequent fire when Mikhail Aleshin was at the wheel. Between the different outputs of the track or the top of the Ligier #49, mark a time has been difficult. In the end, Matthieu Vaxiviere has marked the aputa with a 3:29.333.


More quiet has been the very first qualifying session in LMGTE-Pro. Beyond the work that has been carried in all the categories so that all pilots followed the three laps timed as required by the regulations, Nicki Thiim has set the standard with the Aston Martin #95 after stopping the clock in 3:52.117. A little more than a tenth has been the Ferrari #71, while the Ferrari #51 has been a second. The break of time is important in relation to the first of the Ford GT. Despite having an off the track at Mulsanne, the Ford GT #67 has been the only one to roll in 3:54.

The best time in the LMGTE-Am has been for the Aston Martin #99 of Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda. On this occasion, has been Pedro Lamy in charge of stopping the clock in 3:55.134, registry that even helped him to overcome the last two Ford GT in LMGTE-Pro. The second place in the amateur category has gone to the Porsche #77 of Ried, Cairoli and Dienst. The unit of Dempey-Proton has been half a second of the reference time of the category. Third, for its part, has been one of the Aston Martin, in this case the #90 of TF Sport.