Toyota monopolizes the front row

In the hands of Brendon Hartley, the Toyota n°8 took pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Hypercar category ahead of the n°7 entrusted to Kamui Kobayashi. WRT did the same in LMP2 when Corvette dominated the LMGTE Pro category and the AF Corse team set the best time in LMGTE Am.

Toyota did not miss pole position. Contested by Glickenhaus during free practice and the qualifying session of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the prototypes of the Japanese manufacturer banged their fists on the table during the Hyperpole. A domination that was however endangered by… Alpine! Taking advantage of a revised and corrected “balance of performance”, the A480 entrusted to Nicolas Lapierre hit hard by settling at the top of the time sheet in 3’24”846. But that was without counting on Kamui Kobayashi in the Toyota n°8 and Brendon Hartley driving the Toyota n°7. In their final attempt, the two drivers put everything together but the Japanese saw a fourth consecutive pole position at Le Mans escape him by four tenths of a second. In effect, with a lap of the 13.626km circuit completed in 3’24”408, it is the Toyota bearing the number 8 which takes pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the sixth in a row for the Japanese manufacturer. Glickenhaus, on the other hand, could not compete. The n°709 of Ryan Briscoe inclines for almost a second and a half when the n°708 of Olivier Pla fails at almost two seconds.

WRT, Corvette and AF Corse share honors

This decisive half hour for pole position in all four categories saw Robin Frijns extracting the full potential of the Oreca 07 from the WRT team in LMP2. With a lap of 3’29”394, the Dutchman pushed back the competition by more than a second. Norman Nato, driving the #41 Realteam by WRT, lost 1”303 while Filipe Albuquerque and the #22 United Autosports USA conceded 1”676. The GTE Pro category, on the other hand, is Corvette’s preserve. Nick Tandy’s n°64 set the best time in 3’49”985 and beat the sister car entrusted to Antonio Garcia by 192 thousandths of a second. The two official Porsches of Fredéric Makowiecki and Laurens Vanthoor follow when the Ferraris of the AF Corse team are well behind. The Italian team consoles itself with pole position in the LMGTE Am category. Indeed, Vincent Abril set a lap of 3’52”594 to edge the Kessel Racing Ferrari by 157 thousandths of a second when Dempsey-Proton Racing bowed out by 412 thousandths. The starting grid for the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans, with each category starting independently, is now fixed.

Hyperpole – Thursday June 9, 2022

Category Hypercar
1- Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 (Buemi-Hartley-Hirakawa/SUI-NZL-JAP/Toyota GR010 Hybrid) in 3’24”408
2- Toyota Gazoo Racing n°7 (Conway-Kobayashi-Lopez/GBR-JAP-ARG/Toyota GR010 Hybrid) at 0”420
3- Alpine Elf Team n°26 (Negrão-Lapierre-Vaxivière/BRE-FRA-FRA/Alpine A480-Gibson) at 0”442
4- Glickenhaus Racing #709 (Briscoe-Westbrook-Mailleux/USA-GBR-FRA/Glickenhaus 007 LMH) at 1”433
5- Glickenhaus Racing n°708 (Pla-Dumas-Derani/FRA-FRA-BRE/Glickenhaus 007 LMH) at 1”951

LMP2 class
1- WRT n°31 (Gelael-Frijns-Rast/INA-PBS-ALL/Oreca 07-Gibson) in 3’28”394
2- Realteam by WRT n°41 (Andrade-Habsburg-Nato/POR-AUT-FRA/Oreca 07-Gibson) at 1”303
3- United Autosports USA n°22 (Hanson-Albuquerque-Owen/GBR-POR-USA/Oreca 07-Gibson) at 1”676
4- JOTA n°38 (Gonzalez-Felix da Costa-Stevens/MEX-POR-GBR/Oreca 07-Gibson) at 1”’979
5- Prema Orlen Team n°9 (Kubica-Deletraz-Colombo/POL-SUI-ITA/Oreca 07-Gibson) at 2”721
6- United Autosports USA n°23 (Lynn-Jarvis-Pierson/GBR-GBR-USA/Oreca 07-Gibson) at 3”202

LMGTE Pro Category
1- Corvette Racing #64 (Milner-Tandy-Sims (USA-GBR-GBR/Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) in 3’49’985
2- Corvette Racing n°63 (Garcia-Taylor-Catsburg/ESP-USA-PBS/Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) at 0”192
3- Porsche GT Team n°91 (Bruni-Lietz-Makowiecki/ITA-AUT-FRA/Porsche 911 RSR-19) at 0”392
4- Porsche GT Team n°92 (Christensen-Estre-Vanthoor/DAN-FRA-BEL/Porsche 911 RSR-19) at 0”537
5- AF Corse n°52 (Molina-Fuoco-Rigon/ESP-ITA-ITA/Ferrari 488 GTE Evo) at 1”794
6- AF Corse n°51 (Pier Guidi-Calado-Serra/ITA-GBR-BRE/Ferrari 488 GTE Evo) at 1”831

LMGTE Class Am
1- AF Corse n°61 (Prette-Grunewald-Abril/ITA-USA-FRA/Ferrari 488 GTE Evo) in 3’52”594
2- Kessel Racing #57 (Kimura-Schandorff-Jensen/JAP-DAN-DAN/Ferrari 488 GTE Evo) at 0”157
3- Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 (Ried-Priaulx-Tincknell/ALL-GBR-GBR/Porsche 911 RSR-19) at 0”412
4- Northwest AMR n°92 (Dalla Lana-Pittard-Thiim/CAN-GBR-DAN/Aston Martin Vantage AMR) at 0”984
5- AF Corse n°54 (Flohr-Castellacci-Cassidy/SUI-ITA-NZL/Ferrari 488 GTE Evo) at 1”163
6- Iron Dames n°85 (Frey-Gatting-Bovy/SUI-DAN-BEL/Ferrari 488 GTE Evo) at 1”275

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