With recent EoT adjustments now in play, the non-hybrid LMP1 entries looked to steal some time in the first two sectors against the Toyota’s given the Japanese manufacturer was largely untouchable in the third.
It would be a tall order though, with Fernando Alonso already quickest in the first two sectors, with Jose Maria Lopez nine-hundredths behind in the first. Not all looked certain however, with Sebastien Buemi losing his quick lap for running beyond the kerbs.
The mistake would be costly for the number 8 car, with Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez edging their team mates by an average of two-tenths of a second.
“It was pretty bad luck for Buemi to lose his time”, said Kobayashi after qualifying.
“The lap time didn’t improve as much as we expected, but it was pretty good for used tyres”.
The number 1 Rebellion entry of Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer would finish third ahead of the sister entry of Thomas Laurent and Gustavo Menezes, who lost team bragging rights after Laurent spun after dropping a tyre on the cold side of the kerbs. The SMP entries would finish fourth and fifth, with all the privateer LMP1’s still in the region of one second behind the hybrids.
DragonSpeed looked to take a narrowly pole from Jackie Chan DC Racing in LMP2, with Roberto Gonzalez and Anthony Davidson doing the honours ahead of the number 38 JCDC entry of Gabriel Aubrey and Stephane Richelmi.
Davidson’s time was the quickest of all the LMP2 runners, and Francois Perrodo would finish third for TDS Racing in the number 28 entry.
In LMGTE Pro Nicki Thiim was immediately fastest in the first and second sectors to go two seconds quicker than the Fords, although the Chip Ganassi squad appeared to be warming up for their flying laps.
Tom Blomqvist challenged early for BMW Team MTEK to briefly top the times but would eventually finish second, splitting the Astons of Thiim and Alex Lynn.
“It’s so emotional for pole with a new car”, said Thiim. “We’ve been struggling but it looks like we’ll get up there”.
In LMGTE Am It looked as though Dempsey Proton would 1-2 with Matt Campbell setting a scorching early time to put the number 77 Porsche first in class, however both Porsche would ultimately be split by the number 98 Aston of Paul Dalla Lana with the number 88 Porsche taking the honors thanks to a stonking lap from Satoshi Hoshino.
Images: Toyota Gazoo Racing and Adrenal Media
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