The changing conditions in the practice session and
threat of rain for the day on Thursday, forcing the teams to show their
letters in the first qualifying session. Although there is still a margin of
improvement, by the time the Porsche 919 Hybrid #2 with Neel Jani at the wheel has
the pole provisional of the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after
mark a time of 3:19.733. While Audi Sport is the great defeated
until now a back among the LMP1, in GTE-Pro, the Ford GT have opened the
jar of the essences.
LMP1: Doublet of Porsche in the first assault
Neel Jani and Mark Webber have been in charge of signing the doublet of Porsche in the first qualifying session. Until now, the signing of Stuttgart has shown a performance superior to its rivals over a single lap, being the Porsche 919 Hybrid #2 the only one that was filmed in 3:19 at the moment. A step behind, the Toyota TS050 Hybrid have given samples of the great leap level made by the japanese firm in relation to last year, while the Audi R18 e-tron quattro will have had to conform with the fifth and sixth provisional position.
behind the six LMP1-hybrids have been located the two Rebellion R-One, every time that the CLM P1/01 ByKolles has not taken part in the classification. The reason is that the prototype of ByKolles has been on fire during the free practice sessions. The team is already working on a piecework basis, to try to return your prototype to the track, although Simon Trummer, Oliver Webb and Pierre Kaffer not have secured their participation in these 24 Hours of Le Mans.
LMP2: G-Drive commands, Merhi is fourth
The category LMP2 has been a struggle of ‘egos’ among the strongest rider of the various teams. In the end, the palm has led René Rast with the Oreca 05 – Nissan #26 G-Drive after marking a time of 3:36.605, surpassing the five and six-tenths to two Alpine. Fourth, we have located Roberto Merhi with the Manor after completing the Spanish rider on the last stint and improve the time of the Oreca 05 – Nissan #44 until stay to eight-tenths of the rival that has preceded.
The LMP2 have been the cause of several incidents both in the free as in classification. In the first of the two sessions Bruno Senna had a small out of track with the Ligier JS P2 #43 of RGR Sport, although this little mishap will not lastró during the classification. You can’t say this of other prototypes, which lost performance as the LMP2 Pegasus Racing, or had mishaps in the own classification. In this aspect, the prototype most damaged was the Oreca 05 – Nissan #33 of Eurasia Motorsport after suffering a strong blow during the night of the session.
GTE-Pro: Blow on the table from Ford
Despite the dominance of the Ferrari 488 GTE during the
free, the first qualifying session at Le Mans has been a blow in the
table of Ford and Chip Ganassi, since the Ford GT have taken over the first two
positions of the category GTE-Pro with a searing pace. Dirk Müller
completed his best lap with the Ford GT #68 at 3:51.185, to lead three
tenths to Richard Westbrook with the #69. Behind both stood the best
of the Ferrari, the 488 GTE #51 of Gianmaria Bruni, James Calado and Alexander
The other two Ford GT completed the top five of the
category GTE-Pro. However, the Ferrari 488 GTE are the great alternative to
the Ford GT despite the departure track of Giancarlo Fisichella, the whole time
the Porsche and Aston Martin have been shot to 3 and 4 seconds times
reference. Worst I have gone to Corvette Racing, the entire time that
Corvette C7.R #63 has had a small accident of the hand of Ricky Taylor,
although on this occasion has not been final and Jan Magnussen have been able to return to
track, not as in 2015.
GTE-Am: Clearwater Racing brakes to Aston Martin
Rob Bell has been commissioned to mark the pole interim
in GTE-Am with the Ferrari 458 Italia #61 Clearwater Racing after overcoming a
a little over two-tenths behind Pedro Lamy, the fastest rider on the Aston
Martin Vantage #98. For the moment, it seems that the 458 Italia have a lot to
say, at least a turn, since the two units of AF Corse have finished
in the third and fourth position. Larbre Competition has
managed to sneak your Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 in the fifth position of the category GTE-Am.
However, all has not been good faces and smiles in the
box of Aston Martin. Although the Vantage #98 finished second with a lap
fast outstanding, a rate very consistent on the part of its three riders (Mathias Lauda, Peter
Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana), the Aston Martin Vantage #99 has been completed in the last
position after drag mechanical problems and not being able to roll under the
4:03, or what is the same, more than six seconds of the time reference in