Brendon Hartley Wins Battle of ‘Extraordinary’ Toyotas for Le Mans Pole


Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa put their Toyota on pole for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race on Thursday because the Japanese producer claimed a front-row lockout.

Former F1 driver Hartley secured his staff’s edge with a greatest time of three min 24.408 sec. It was a sixth consecutive pole within the basic endurance occasion for Toyota.

The second Toyota hybrid, with 2021 pole-sitter Kamui Kobayashi behind the wheel, clocked 3 min 24.828 sec.

Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez share the driving duties with ex-F1 driver Kobayashi.

“It’s nice, the automotive is extraordinary,” mentioned Hartley whose automotive was second to their teammates within the 2021 race.

“We have been below stress on the final lap. Now, we are going to concentrate on the weekend.”

The Alpine of Andre Negrao, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Nicolas Lapierre pushed the leaders exhausting, ending third on 3 min 24.850 sec.

“We all know they’re sooner than us, the necessary factor is to not be too far-off in order to not allow them to have a quiet race like final yr,” mentioned Lapierre.

The Alpine was third within the 2021 version of the occasion.

Regardless of Toyota’s anticipated dominance, the pole time was slower than 2021 when Kobayashi clocked 3 min 23.900 sec.

Main instances

Entrance row

Sebastien Buemi – Ryo Hirakawa – Brendon Hartley (SUI-JPN-NZL/Toyota N.8/Hypercar/hybrid) 3:24.408

Mike Conway – Kamui Kobayashi – José Maria Lopez (GBR-JPN-ARG/Toyota N.7/Hypercar/hybrid) 3:24.828

2nd row

Andre Negrao – Matthieu Vaxiviere – Nicolas Lapierre (BRA-FRA-FRA/Alpine/Hypercar) 3:24.850

Ryan Briscoe – Richard Westbrook – Franck Mailleux (AUS-GBR-FRA/Glickenhaus N.709/Hypercar) 3:25.841

third row

Olivier Pla – Romain Dumas – Felipe Derani (FRA-FRA-BRA/Glickenhaus N.708/Hypercar) 3:26.359

Sean Gelael – Robin Frijns – René Rast (INA-NED-GER/WRT N.31/LMP2) 3:28.394

4th row

Rui Andrade – Ferdinand Habsburg-Lothringen – Norman Nato (POR-AUT-FRA/Realteam By WRT N.41/LMP2) 3:29.697

Filipe Albuquerque – Philip Hanson – Will Owen (ESP-GBR-USA/Oreca-Gibson/LMP2) 3:30.070

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