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Rain denies improvements in Le Mans qualifying

A heavy rain downpour has ended any hopes of seeing any significant lap time improvements in the second qualifying session at Le Mans.
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A heavy rain downpour has ended any hopes of seeing any significant lap time improvements in the second qualifying session for the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours, meaning Porsche provisionally holds on to its one-two with Neel Jani's 3m 19.733s keeping pole position.

Despite a 30-minute window of dry running at the start of the second session there were only a handful of lap time gains with all four class provisional poles remaining unchanged. As a result, Porsche has kept hold of its one-two ahead of the two Toyota Gazoo Racing cars.

After the heaviest of the rain the track was split between part-wet and part-dry providing tricky conditions for all drivers as the showers rolled in and out across the 13.629km circuit.

Audi enjoyed more consistent running in the second session as the #7 R18 underwent a complete rebuild overnight while the #8 was fixed for a broken front drive train to rack up some much-needed mileage.

Rebellion Racing also held its one-two in the privateer class in LMP1 as ByKolles Racing get its first qualifying lap time having missed the whole of Q1 after suffering an engine fire in free practice.

Similar lack of changes in LMP2 and GT classes

Due to the conditions, there was little change in the times in LMP2 with Rene Rast's top time in the G-Drive Oreca 05-Nissan with a 3m 36.605s ahead of Baxi DC Racing Alpine and Signatech Alpine.

With plenty of wet and mixed condition running completed Ford enjoyed another strong session as he holds on to four of the top five spots in the GTE-Pro class with the #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA leading proceeding from Q1.

It was also a similar story in GTE-Am with Clearwater Racing Ferrari keeping hold of its half-second cushion for provisional pole over the #98 Aston Martin Racing.
by Haydn Cobb



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