The Toyota #8 Car drivern by Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima & Sebastian Buemi will start from pole position into the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Fernando Alonso was quickest in the second qualifying session, but the session ended up shortened by a red flag incident.
Alonso completed eight laps of which only two were flying laps, setting a 3m18.021s lap time on his second run – almost a second slower than Kazuki Nakajima’s time from Wednesday night.
Kazuki Nakajima improved his provisional pole position time in the third part of qualifying, setting a 3m15.377s – an exactly two seconds faster lap time than the #7 Toyota in 2nd place with a 3m17.337s.
Nakajima’s pole lap was only six tenths shy of Kamui Kobayashi’s 2017 record lap, which was arguably set in much better weather conditions.
Toyota have secured another 1-2 front row lockout, with the closest privateer Rebellion Racing in 3rd thanks to Bruno Senna’s 3m19.449s lap time.
Fernando Alonso, Post-Qualifying:
“I’m definitely happy. We know that qualifying is not really important for a 24-hour race but I’m happy for Toyota to be one-two ahead of the long race in front of us.”
“Kazuki did a very good lap. I’m happy for him to put the car on pole. It’s what we wanted to achieve. But we have earned nothing yet, this is just a preparation for the race.”
“We have a long 24 hours in front of us but so far it has been a smooth preparation without any issues on the car. We are ready.”
|24 Hours of Le Mans Qualifying Results|