Toyota Gazoo Racing claims pole position for the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans

The third and last qualifying session for the 87th édition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (15-16 June 2019) is over and the Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid claims pole position having clocked the fastest lap (3:15.497). For the final round, the Super Finale of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship season, Toyota takes the top two slots on the grid.

#7 – TOYOTA GAZOO RACING (JPN) CAR MODEL : TOYOTA TS050 – HYBRID TYRES : MICHELIN DRIVERS : Mike CONWAY (GBR) Kamui KOBAYASHI (JPN) Jose Maria LOPEZ (ARG)

In the second qualifying session, Kamui Kobayashi set the time that clinched pole position for the 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Japanese driver completed a lap of the 13.626-km circuit in 03:15.497. He shares a car with Mike Conway and José María López.

Three Oreca 07-Gibsons lead the way in LMP2. The Graff-SO24 #39 Oreca 07-Gibson scored the pole-winning time of 03:25.073. Tristan Gommendy, Vincent Capillaire and Jonathan Hirschi form the driver crew. In second place, the #28 TDS Racing (03:25.345) with the #31 DragonSpeed (03:25.667) in third. The first Ligier JS P217-Gibson is in seventh place, the #22 United Autosports entry.

The #95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage AMR topped the timesheets in LMGTE Pro with 03:48.00. Danish driver Marco Sørensen, set the time that put the British marque ahead of the Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 Ford GT (03:48.112). The #63 Corvette C7.R is third on 03:48.830. The class has five different constructors in the top five places.

2018/19 World Endurance Championship
Le Mans
12th – 16th June 2019
Le Mans – France
Photo: Nick Dungan / Drew Gibson Photography

In LMGTE Am, the Dempsey-Proton Racing #88 Porsche 911 RSR beat the rest of the field thanks to Matteo Cairoli’s lap of 03:51.439. He shares the car with Satoshi Hoshino and Giorgio Roda.

Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) sliced around a second off his top time from the previous day. Cairoli is joined in the cockpit of the 911 campaigned by the German customer squad by his compatriot Giorgio Roda and Satoshi Hoshino from Japan. Just 0.206 seconds behind, Matt Campbell (Australia) planted last year’s winning car with the starting number 77 on the second grid spot.