Porsche have locked out the front row for tomorrow’s after a late start from Toyota hampered their qualifying strategy.

 

Nick Tandy and Brendon Hartley were first out for Porsche while each of the Toyota’s remained in their garages. While nothing appeared to be amiss it would mean the Japanese manufacturer would be chasing the times set by Porsche at Hartley provisionally topped the time sheets.

 

Mike Conway emerged in the number 7 TS050 to immediately split the 919 Porsche Hybrids. Buemi however would have to settle for fourth – having too much time to make up by virtue of team mate Nakajima being caught in traffic.

 

Oddly, new tyres were strapped on the number 8 car despite having so much ground to make up as the number 7 car was toppled from its front row position by the number 1 Porsche of Andre Lotterer. Regardless, the Toyotas would stay out in the hope of pressuring Porsche into using more tyres. It failed to make any impression despite the German manufacturer having tyres at the ready.

 

 

 

Alex Lynn went provisional P1 in LMP2 before his G-Drive was undercut by the of Andre Negrao. They would eventually be split by the number 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing entry of Ho Ping Tung and Alex Thomas Laurent. A last gasp effort from Bruno Senna put the number 31 Rebellion entry into the top three.

 

Andy Priaulx and Stefan Mucke were first out in TE Pro, with Priaulx immediately pushing the limits of his Ford GT. Unfortunately, the Brit was caught on his hot lap by a horde of GT Am cars starting their out lap.

 

Daniel Sera immediately capitalised by putting the Aston quickest, only to be immediately usurped by both Fords.  Interestingly, both Aston Martin, Ford and would bolt on new tyres in the quest for pole, but in the process would mean each team would sacrifice a pair of boots in the race.

 

 

 

A late exit from Sam Bird was timed to perfection, with the Brit putting the number 71 Af Corse Ferrari at the top of the timesheets on aggregate (with Davide Rigon) ahead of the Aston Martin of Nicky Thiim and Harry Tincknell.

 

Matteo Cairoli was finding the pseudo street track a happy hunting ground by putting the Dempsey Proton Porsche provisionally on top of LM GTE Am. Cairoli and Christian Ried were followed by the Aston of Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy. Ben Barker and Michael Wainright finished third in the number 86 Gulf Porsche.

 

 Images: Richard Washbrooke Photography and Adrenal Media