#8 a.a. 18.06.14

Toyota / Nakajima On Provisional Pole At La Sarthe (14.06.18)

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Kazuki Nakajima set provisional pole for the 2018 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans after lapping the Circuit de la Sarthe in 3:17.270, just .1 second quicker than the sister #7 entry in which Kamui Kobayashi set a 3:17.377.

Third quickest in the two-hour session which began at 22:00 local time was the #3 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13 in which Thomas Laurent lapped in 3:19.426.

Quickest of the LMP2 grid was the #48 IDEC Sport ORECA 07, Paul-Loup Chatin setting a 3:24.926 ahead of Loïc Duval in #28 TDS Racing ORECA who lapped in 3:25.249.

The Porsche GT Team continued to dominate the LMGTE Pro category with Gianmaria Bruni taking provision pole in the class with a 3:47.504 in the #91 Porsche RSR 911 with teammate Michael Christensen second quickest with a 3:49.097.

Porsche again led the LM GTE Am class after Matteo Cairoli set a 3:50.728 in the #88 Dempse-Proton Racing 911 RSR.

The weather throughout the 120-minute session was warm and dry which could be in contrast for Thursdays forecast for the remaining two qualifying sessions for which the forecast is variable. Certainly the day has dawned cooler and greyer than Wednesday.

The second qualifying session gets underway at 19:00 local time.