A blisteringly quick lap from Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 Toyota gave the team their first pole position since the Nürburgring, four tenths ahead of the #1 Porsche in the hands of Andre Lotterer. Lotterer had one of his laps deleted due to track a limits violation – which they are really imposing this weekend – but he pulled another blinder out the bag to secure the front row start. A spin from Earl Bamber compromised the #2 Porsche’s session so, along with F1’s newest acquisition in Brendon Hartley, he will line up fourth for the race behind the sister Toyota.
The #31 Rebellion secured the top spot in the LMP2 class with Bruno Senna setting the fastest overall time and Julien Canal sealing the deal on the second lap. Second place went to the #26 G-Drive, two tenths back. The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing guys were only able to take fourth behind the second Rebellion car, and now lead the championship by just nine points ahead of this weekend’s pole sitters.
In the GTE Pro class, it was Dane Train of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen that took pole in the #95 AMR for the first time this season, with a two tenths margin over the second placed #92 Porsche of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre. James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi brought the #51 488 home in third ahead of the lead Ford GT of Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx.
Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana took their sixth pole position of the season in the Am class to make it a double pole for AMR. This ties them on championship points with the Dempsey Proton Porsche crew who will share the front row for the race .
Here are the highlights form the session, followed by the final classification and starting grid for the race.