24 Hours of Le Mans – Qualifying: Vanthoor places BMW in the lead, no Toyota in Hyperpole

Dries Vanthoor set the best time in qualifying with the #15 BMW, while five manufacturers - including Alpine - managed to place a car in the Top 8 for the Hyperpole. Big disappointment for Toyota which did not qualify any of its GR010s in Hyperpole.

Published on 12/06/2024 à 20:03

Dorian Grangier

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24 Hours of Le Mans – Qualifying: Vanthoor places BMW in the lead, no Toyota in Hyperpole

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The qualifications of these 24H of Le Mans 2024 has some surprises in store for us already! This session, which determines the eight crews qualified for the Hyperpole (Thursday, at 20 p.m.) as well as the positions on the grid beyond 9th place in each category, saw the #15 BMW set the best time in 3 '24″465. A time to the credit of Dries Vanthoor, who beat the No. 3 Cadillac of local hero, Sébastien Bourdais. The Top 3 is completed by the Ferrari n°50 by Antonio Fuoco, author of pole position in 2023.

In the Top 8 qualified for the Hyperpole, we find no less than five different manufacturers! Nice surprise at Alpine since the No. 35, driven by Paul-Loup Chatin, took the 4th time and qualified the A424 for the final phase. There Toyota n ° 7 of Kamui Kobayashi had possession of the 4th time, but the Japanese caused a red flag at the end of the session and saw all his times canceled. She will therefore leave last Saturday. The No. 8 Toyota was also eliminated, and will start 11th.

The second official Ferrari, the No. 51 of Alessandro Pier Guidi, is also qualified for the Hyperpole, as is the second official Cadillac, the No. 2 of Alex Lynn. On the other hand, big disappointment in the clan Porsche : announced as favorites for this 92nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the German manufacturer has only placed two 963s in Hyperpole! It was Kévin Estre aboard the No. 6 Porsche who managed to get into 7th place, despite a big scare at the end of the session while trying to avoid the No. 63 Lamborghini. Thanks to the downgrading of the No. 7 Toyota, the No. 12 Hertz Team JOTA enters the Top 8 and qualifies for Hyperpole.

On the French side, the second Alpine, number 36 of Nicolas lapierre, achieved the 9th time in these qualifications. A more complicated session, however, for the Peugeot , who finished in the second part of the table: the 9X8 n°93 of Jean-Éric Vergne set the 15th time, while the n°94 of Stoffel Vandoorne finished in 20st place.

COOL Racing leads LM P2

The intermediate category highlighted Malthe Jakobsen (COOL Racing n°37). The young Dane stole the best time from the Swiss Louis Delétraz (AO by TF Sport n°14) 28 minutes from the end of the session. The positions did not change until the red flag.

Louis Delétraz consoles himself by being the first driver in the LM P2 Pro-Am class in the hierarchy, quite easily ahead of Ben Hanley (United Autosports USA) in 3rd place. Mathias Beche (Panis Racing n°65) is in 4th place but already finds himself behind by exactly 1 second. The No. 28 IDEC Sport driven by Job van Uitert passes the Hyperpole as does the No. 10 Vector Sport driven by veteran Patrick Pilet. Disappointment on the other hand for the defending team, Inter Europol Competition, which settles for 11th place.

Ford creates a surprise in LMGT3

Nice surprise in LMGT3 with the best time of one of the three Ford Mustangs from Proton Competition. The performance is to the credit of the driver of the No. 77 Benjamin Barker who surprisingly dominated the timesheet. The teammate of Ryan Hardwick and Zachary Robichon clocked 3'55"263 giving the German team its second appearance in Hyperpole of the season after Imola, the first for the No. 77.

Behind it, a great fight took place since 6 other manufacturers followed each other. In order, McLaren, Corvette, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari occupy 2nd to 7th position. Aston Martin, thanks to the Vantage AMR GT3 No. 777 from D'Station Racing, is the only one represented twice in the Hyperpole.

Small surprise with a premature elimination for the Iron Dames who remained in pole position at Spa last May. Placed at the wheel instead of the usual Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting failed in 9th position, synonymous with the first car eliminated. Disappointment also at Akkodis ASP after first place in FP1 earlier. This time, Esteban Masson did not go beyond 10th position.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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13/06/2024 at 12:51 a.m.

In GT3, unlike other WEC rounds, the special regulations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans open the participation of Platinum or Gold drivers in qualifying. The presence of Michelle Gatting at the wheel of the Lamborghini Iron Dames is therefore not a surprise. Comparing her 9th place at the end of qualifying with Sarah Bovy's pole position at Spa seems surprising, however, because it is out of context (regulatory). If there is a “little surprise” and “disappointment”, it is missing out on the Hyperpole for 30 thousandths. 30 thousandths of a second on the scale of the Le Mans circuit… Still, this 9th place marks a remarkable performance from the Iron Dames driver. To be convinced of this, if necessary, just look at the details of the lap times and the names of the drivers around her!

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