24 Hours of Le Mans: #8 Toyota Takes Pole in Thursday Evening’s Hyperpole Session


June 09, 2022

by Connor Kay

Toyota #8 took pole position for the 90th running of the 24 hours of Le Mans, beating the sister car in Thursday evening’s hyperpole session.

Initial qualifying took place in a rain and red flag disrupted session on Wednesday evening, with the top 6 in each class progressing to today’s 30 minute session to finalise the grid.

With only 5 cars entered into the top Hypercar class, all the pole contenders progressed to the hyperpole session without issue.

During early running the two Toyotas took station at the top of the times, leading Alpine and then the pair of entries from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, who struggled for pace during the initial laps.

Much to the delight of the French fans, Nicolas Lapierre in the Alpine managed to steal the top spot with 10 minutes to go, while the leading #709 Glickenhaus fought its way into 3rd position.

Despite this brief relapse, Toyota quickly restored the status quo, taking a 1-2 with their final runs, while the Alpine aborted their lap to return to the pits. The two Glickenhaus cars suffered traffic in their final runs, denying them a chance to further improve.

In LMP2 WRT put on a dominant display, taking the class pole by over a second from the sister #41 Realteam by WRT car.

Felipe Albuquerque put the #22 United Autosports car 3rd in class, with the #38 Jota, Prema run car and then Alexander Lynn in the sister United Autosports car rounding out the top six.

Corvette continued the strong form they have shown all week to take a 1-2 in GTE Pro. The grid then follows two by two with the two Porsches led by the #91 car on the next row of the grid followed by the two AF Corse Ferraris.

The #74 Riley Motorsports Ferrari was the only entry in the class who didn’t make it out of Wednesday’s initial qualifying session.

While AF Corse suffered disappointment in GTE Pro, they will be pleased to snag the pole for GTE Am with the #61 car. Mikkel Jensen in the Kessel Racing Ferrari followed two tenths back to complete a Ferrari 1-2 with Harry Ticknell in the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche in 3rd.

The championship leading Northwest AMR car qualified 4th with Nick Cassidy in the #54 Ferrari and Rahel Frey in the Iron Dames car completing the session.

Running for the 24 Hours of Le Mans will resume on Saturday with the warm up ahead of the race itself getting underway at 16:00 local time.

Photo Credit: Toyota Gazoo Racing WEC

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