83rd Le Mans 24 Hours Race (qualifying sessions, day two)

2015 Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota to start from fourth row of grid

At the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours Race, which kicks off at 3pm local time on June 13, there will be two Toyota TS040 Hybrids racing. They will start at seventh and eighth and start from the fourth row of the grid.

For the second day of the qualifying sessions Thursday, the sun came out following the previous day’s rain, and a good time was expected by all. However, both cars in the GT class saw accidents in the first session, and the session ended early with a red flag. At the last session in the evening, which saw a number of yellow flags, the LMP1 class was unable to make up for lost time.

The previous day saw the racers finishing faster, with the #2 car driven by Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, and Mike Conway finishing seventh at 3 minutes and 23.543 seconds. The #1 car, driven by Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, and Kazuki Nakajima finished eighth at 3 minutes and 23.767 seconds.

Pole position was the Porsche 919 Hybrid (#18), which set a record at 3 minutes and 16.887 seconds.

Toyota team captain Toshio Sato commented, “I expect the gap to be smaller than in qualifying. The team has pushed very hard to be ready for Le Mans and we will use the short time remaining to complete the final preparations and make sure our cars are in the best condition for the weekend. I think it will be a close and exciting race.”

(Translated by Greg Scott)