Kobayashi's pole, a safe value for the Toyota 7

The Japanese is once again the best in the Le Mans classification, like last year, beating the other Toyota with Hartley by three tenths.


The great event of the World Endurance Championship and one of the most important in motorsport, the most prestigious for many, is here. The 24 Hours of Le Mans have been running since Wednesday with different free practice sessions (they will go until five and a warm up) and two qualifying sessions, with the last one, the Hyperpole that decides the final places on the grid, already being disputed. with the sun setting over the horizon on Thursday evening at La Sarthe. And nobody ran more than Kobayashi with the Toyota 8.

The Japanese fulfilled the forecasts in an appointment to which he has taken the measure if we are talking about looking for time to a lap, because he already has several poles under his belt, including last year. The six fastest cars in each category in Wednesday's one-hour qualifying session (all five in the Hypercar), reached the final half-hour against the clock in which Kobayashi did not fail and placed the Toyota 7 in the pole with a time of 3: 23.900 in a front row double with the Toyota 8, with which Hartley fell to three tenths.

Of the three Spaniards competing at Le Mans, Roberto Merhi, Antonio García and Miguel Molina, only the latter qualified for the Hyperpole and also made it as a favorite as he was first in his class, LMGTE Pro, but they could not repeat position. After Kevin Estre's accident with the Porsche 92 that forced the red flag to fly for a quarter of an hour, Serra, Molina's teammate in the Ferrari 52, came in second, one tenth behind Vanthoor. Da Costa gave Oreca 38 pole in LMP2 and Andlauer took LMGTE Am with the Porsche 88.

Qualifying results at Le Mans

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