jeudi 16 juin 2016
Ford with Müller, Hand and Bourdais on provisional GTE-Pro pole at Le Mans
The Ford brand has dominated the opening qualifying session at Le Mans. A 1-2 Ford GT in GTE-Pro at the end of the two-hour session and with all of the four cars inside the top-five in class.
Ford factory driver Dirk Müller set the fastest in class with a best time of 3:51.185 at the wheel of the of #68 Ford GT. The German shared the car Joey Hand and Sébastien Bourdais.
Their team-mates Ryan Brisco, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon were second quickest with the sister #69 machine. Their best time was a 3:51.497.
The top-three in class was completed by the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE from AF Corse in the hands of Gianmaria Bruni, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi.
The two Ford Chip Ganasssi Team UK entries were fourth and fifth with the #67 Ford GT ahead of the #66 Ford GT.
The AF Corse #71 Ferrari 488 GTE was sixth. The Risi Competizione #82 Ferrari 488 GTE was seventh. Porsche Motorsport's 911 RSRs qualified in positions eight and ten. The Vantage GTEs from Aston Martin Racing were ninth and eleventh fastest.
Frustrating session for Corvette Racing, the #64 Corvette C7.R was thirteenth ahead of the #63 Corvette C7.R in fourteenth.
In GTE-Am, Asian Le Mans Series regulars from Clearwater Racing were the fastest. Mok Weng Sun, Rob Bell and Keita Sawatheir at the wheel of the #61 Ferrari 458 Italia set a 3:56.827.
The Aston Martin Racing #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was second. The AF Corse #55 Ferrari 458 Italia was third fastest in class.
Le Mans First Qualifying Results
Action will resume on Thrusday at the Circuit de La Sarthe with two additional two-hour qualifying sesssions.
Photos: Ford - Drew Gibson / Michelin Media