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Le Mans 24 Hours: Porsche takes qualifying one-two after washout

After the final two qualifying sessions were effectively washed out due to heavy rain downpours, Porsche has claimed a front row lockout.
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After the final two qualifying sessions were effectively washed out due to heavy rain downpours, Neel Jani's top time of 3m 19.733s from qualifying one has claimed pole position for the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid for Le Mans 24 Hours.

With traffic being blamed as the main disrupter during Wednesday's single qualifying session, heavy and persistent rain soaked the Circuit de la Sarthe and curtailed the grid to just a handful of cars improving qualifying times in the second session.

The third session was hit even harder by rain and was red-flagged after just 20 minutes into the two-hour session with cars aquaplaning down the straights.

Despite resuming for a final 45-minute blast none of the cars were able to improve its respective times due to conditions and have been forced to settle for the provisional starting places from the end of the second session.

Porsche has taken a one-two in qualifying with Jani repeating his 2015 achievement of placing his 919 Hybrid on pole, ahead of the #1 Porsche.

Toyota Gazoo Racing has locked out the second row thanks to its qualifying one session times with the #5 TS050 Hybrid in third ahead of the sister #6 machine.

After a difficult Wednesday for Audi – with the #7 R18 requiring a complete rebuild while #8 suffered a broken front drive train – it means both cars will start from row three just ahead of the Rebellion Racing R-One duo who comfortably beat the ByKolles Racing CLM P1/01 in the privateer class.

G-Drive gets LMP2 pole

In a similar story for LMP2, Rene Rast's time in the #26 G-Drive taking pole position from the first qualifying session ahead of the Baxi DC Racing Alpine A460-Nissan.

Home favourites Signatech Alpine Nissan claimed third in class just ahead of rookie Le Mans squad Manor Racing who have thoroughly impressed despite its relative inexperience.

Ford makes its mark in GTE-Pro

After stamping its presence all over the opening qualifying session, Ford has retained all four GT cars inside the top five spots in the class, with the #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA car taking pole position with its sister US entry alongside it.

The #51 AF Corse Ferrari split the Ford quartet in third ahead of the Ford's two World Endurance Championship entries.

Clearwater Racing Ferrari complete pole line-up

Clearwater Racing Ferrari has completed the full pole line-up after its top time taken from Wednesday's qualifying session while three manufacturers are represented inside the top three spots with #98 Aston Martin Racing in second and #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche third.
by Haydn Cobb



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