• Tim Fullbrook

Le Mans Hyperpole: Toyota snatch 1-2 in final seconds

Brendon Hartley's last gasp lap secured a sixth consecutive Le Mans pole for the Japanese marque

Toyota have scored their sixth consecutive overall Le Mans pole position thanks to a last-gasp effort from Brendon Hartley in the #8 GR010 Hybrid.

The Kiwi and teammate Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 sister Toyota, both challenged the front row before having times removed mid-session for track limits infringements. That briefly allowed both Glickenhaus and Alpine to top the times, the latter much to the approval of the partisan crowd.

Hartley's 3:24.408 was enough to secure pole by four tenths over Kobayashi, who also improved on his final lap.

Alpine's #36 A480-Gibson was set for a popular home pole, with a 3:24.850, before the two Toyotas improved. Glickenhaus complete the top five overall, the #709 and #708 were both in excess of 2.4s slower than pole.

Robin Frijns continued his run of form in the LMP2 category to claim the class pole with an unchallenged 3:28.394. The Belgian driver heads a WRT 1-2 in the class, with the #31 joined by the #41 RealTeam by WRT PRO-AM entry driven by Norman Nato in Hyperpole.


A fired-up Nick Tandy was able to score Corvette Racing's first class pole at Le Mans in the GTE PRO class – their 2010 pole was in the LMGT2 era.

The Englishman was the only driver to dip below the 3:50s, setting a 3:49.985 lap as the sun set on La Sarthe.

Corvette scored a 1-2 in what was the final qualifying session for the GTE PRO class at Le Mans, with the #63 of Antonio Garcia 0.192s slower.

Fred Makowiecki completed the top three in class in the #91 Porsche, followed by teammate Laurens Vanthoor in the sister #92 911 RSR-19.

AF Corse's #52 and #51 cars rounded out the class, both cars over 1.5s slower than the pole time.

488 GTE EVOs did have pace, however, in the GTE AM class as the #61 AF Corse and #57 Kessel Racing cars topped the times.

The returning Vincent Abril claimed pole with a 3:52.594 lap, a narrow 0.157s faster than Mikkel Jensen in the CarGuy-emblazoned machine.

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