Le Mans

Le Mans 24 Hours - Estre takes pole for Porsche Penske at Le Mans

24 Heures du Mans
13 Jun. 2024 • 22:39
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No.6 Porsche Penske 963 driven by Kevin Estre takes sensational last gasp pole position with an incredible 3m24.634s lap at Le Mans


The French ace beats Alex Lynn driven No.2 Cadillac by just 0.148s after Lynn had himself just beaten the sister No.3 Cadillac of Sebastien Bourdais of what looked to have been the pole lap before Estre blasted over the line


Bourdais had for a while looked to have taken pole after setting an initial fastest lap of 3m24.816s in the yellow Caddy


The local ace beat his own early benchmark of 3m25.294s to head the two Ferrari AF Corse 499 Hypercars but had to sit out the final seven minutes after a red flag flew when Dries Vanthoor spun his BMW Hypercar


Alessandro Pier Guidi in the No.51 Ferrari 499P took fourth place to ensure that the Prancing Horse is in good position to defend its Le Mans crown this weekend


The sister No.50 Ferrari 499P of Antonio Fuoco places fifth meaning that Fuoco loses out on back-to-back poles after being unable to challenge on an out and push last gasp challenge


No.35 Alpine A424 driven by Paul-Loup Chatin rounds out top six after a fine effort in the new Alpine A424 Hypercar


Dries Vanthoor in the No.15 BMW M Team V8 Hypercar speared off the track at Indianapolis and in to the gravel trap while on quick lap. This brings out the red flag stopping the clocks and splitting the session to 22 minutes and a final 7 minute sprint. As a result Vanthoor had lap times cancelled


Only seven Hypercars take part in session after No.12 Hertz Team Jota Porsche 963 is going through a rebuild after FP2 accident on Wednesday evening




Brendan Iribe in the Inception Racing McLaren LMGT3 takes the first ever pole position for McLaren at Le Mans and the first in the LMGT3 category


Iribe sets a best of 3m58.120s to beat his pursuers by 0.8s but spins at final corner while on potential faster lap


Those challengers are led by the No.92 Manthey PureRxcing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Alex Malykhin


JMW Automotive Ferrari driven by Giacomo Petrobelli grabs third place for the ELMS regular entry and former Le Mans class winner


Ryan Hardwick driven No.77 Proton Ford Mustang places fourth ahead of Ian James Heart in the Heart of Racing Aston Martin making it five different manufacturers in the first five positions


The rest of the grid position from sixth to eighth are filled out by Satoshi Hoshino in the D’Station Aston Martin, Hiroshi Koizumi in the No.82 TF Sport Corvette and the No.60 Iron Lynx Lamborghini with Claudio Schiavone




Louis Deletraz in the AO by TF Sport ‘Spike’ Oreca Gibson takes thrilling last gasp pole in LMP2 with a bets lap of 3m33.217s


That laps is 0.6s faster than the IDEC Sport Oreca-Gibson driven by Job van Uitert


Third is the Panis Racing entry qualified by Matthias Beche, while the No.23 United Autosports in hands of Ben Hanley also starts on the second row of the grid in fourth


The No.37 Cool Racing car of Malthe Jakobsen grabs fifth position, and the No.22 United Autosports car with Oliver Jarvis aboard  completes the top six


The DKR Engineering LMP2 car driven by Laurens Horr places seventh and Patrick Pilet takes the Hyperpole position in eighth.


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