24 Hours of Le Mans: Alonso, Buemi & Nakajima on Pole Position

24 Hours of Le Mans - Toyota #8 on Pole Posotion
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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
 #DriversTeamClassTimeGap
1.8Alonso
Buemi
Nakajima
Toyota Gazoo RacingLMP13’15.377 
2.7Conway
Kobayashi
Lopez
Toyota Gazoo RacingLMP13’17.3772.000
3.1Lotterer
Senna
Jani
Rebellion RacingLMP13’19.4494.072
4.17Sarrazin
Isaakyan
Orudzhev
SMP RacingLMP13’19.4834.106
5.3Beche
Laurent
Menezes
Rebellion RacingLMP13’19.9454.568
6.10Hedman
van der Zande
Hanley
DragonspeedLMP13’21.1105.733
7.11Button
Petrov
Aleshin
SMP RacingLMP13’21.4086.031
8.4Webb
Kraihammer
Dillmann
Bykolles Racing TeamLMP13’22.5057.128
9.6Turvey
Brundle
Rowland
CEFC TRSM RacingLMP13’23.7578.380
10.48Chatin
Rojas
Lafargue
IDEC SportLMP23’24.8429.465