The rain gives the pole position for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans


The rain is capricious in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the
liquid element has willed that sessions 2 and 3 of classification does not have
the lower incidence in the time table. With the wet asphalt, and without
possibilities of improving the records tagged during the first session
qualifying Wednesday, the Porsche 919 Hybrid #2 of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani
and Marc Lieb has held the pole
face to the 84th edition of the ‘race of the
careers’. In addition to the doublet of Porsche, G-Drive Racing, Ford and Larbre Competition
add up the poles in LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am, respectively.

LMP1: Doublet of Porsche

Porsche has scored the first assault. Although the rain has
certificate the doublet of the signing of Stuttgart, what is certain is that Porsche
919 Hybrid did not seem to have a rival to a return. Whatever the case may be, the Porsche #2
you will depart in front of the #1
, leaving in their wake the two Toyota TS050. The
japanese firm has closed this particular qualifying session to an assault
with a pace promising placing your best LMP1 to a second of the head. More
unwelcome has been the rainfall for Audi
, every time that the R18 e-tron quattro has
marked the best speed tips but it is far from its rivals.

Without major developments in the stopwatch is concerned,
great news in LMP1 has been the return to track the CLM P1/01 – AER ByKolles
. After an intense work of all members of the team, the LMP1
private has been able to be reconstructed after the fire suffered in the
workouts free
. In fact, the ByKolles has managed to score a time of
3:34.168 just before the start of the rain in session 2, which has
served to placed ninth in the rankings in the wake of the rest of the
, but just ahead of the best LMP2.


LMP2: G-Drive pole, the Manor of Merhi fourth

No major developments in the forehead, the Oreca 05-Nissan #26 G-Drive will start from the pole in LMP2 after the 3:36.605 marked by René Rast during the first qualifying session. The second category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has welcomed the rain with different attitudes, with the teams and riders that have not jumped on to the track during the second session or some others who have not marked time in the third session. In this aspect, the Manor #44 Roberto Merhi has been the only LMP2 that has not jumped on to the track in the second qualifying session.

Be that as it may, after the G-Drive #26 have completed the Alpine #35 and #36, , while the Oreca 05-Nissan #44 Roberto Merhi will start in fourth position. The Spanish rider himself who has gone out to the track during the last qualifying session and the truth is that it has shown great pace at night and wet. In fact, the prototype of the Manor has been the fastest in this third session, although as it is logical has not been able to improve their record all. Those who have managed to improve in the first few minutes of the second session have been Pegasus, SMP Racing Algarve Pro Racing, Greaves, and SO24!


GTE-Pro: Pole position for Ford, with the threat of ‘BoP’

No one has been able to threaten the pole position for the Ford GT #68 of Hand, Müller, Bourdais in GTE-Pro, but even without rain it would have been difficult to that no one would have been able to beat Ford. In this aspect, the four GT of the u.s. firm are within the top five of the category, which has raised a lot of controversy since it is suspected that Ford has been unable to raise the foot so that the ‘Balance of Performance’ to be more benign. In this aspect, and after two qualifying sessions that have not given clues of performance in the rain, Ford could suffer a resounding defeat in the offices.

Vincent Beaumesnil on its status as a Sports Director you can make changes in the ‘Balance of Performance’ when you wish and has already announced that the team of Curators Technicians is studying to be able to vary the conditions of the Ford GT for the race, the whole time that the american car has lost 25 kilos on their way to Le Mans. Regardless of the decision made during the day of Friday, for the moment, the only one who has been able to face up to Ford has been the Ferrari 488 GTE #51 of AF Corse. To find the Corvette C7.R #63 of Antonio Garcia is to look at the last position in GTE-Pro, being the rain a bad added to Corvette Racing.


GTE Am: Larbre Competition keeps the pole

In the category GTE-Am yes there have been changes in the
, every time that the pilots have taken advantage of the first few minutes of
the second session for mark fast laps, before the arrival of the rain.
Well it is true that the pole remains for the Ferrari 458 Italia #61
Clearwater Racing
, unit piloted by Mok, Sawa and Bell. Neither has moved
the second position of the Aston Martin Vantage #98, even though has climbed
in the third place, the Porsche 911 RSR #88 of the Abu Dhabi – Proton Racing
after the good paper
Patrick Long.

Talso have improved the Porsche 911 RSR of KCMG
and Proton Competition
, although only the Porsche #89 has enabled him to earn a
position. Be that as it may, the rain has also been quite untimely for
one of the participants of the category GTE-Am, as the rainfall
have caused the Aston Martin #99 Howard, Griffin, and Hirsch could not
out of the last position
, so that will be the car that close to the grill
the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.