So far the forecast does not fail and the Toyota GAZOO Racing has dominated the first day of activity of the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which included training and the first qualifying round at the 13.626-meter La Sarthe circuit.
The provisional pole position was for the Japanese Kazuki Nakajima, which shares the TS050 HYBRID No. 8 with the Swiss Sebastien Buemi and Spanish Fernando Alonso. “What counts is the result of the race… We don't really care about qualifying, we just need to be in the right position for the start”explained the poleman.
Nakajima was left with the "1" with 3m17s270 / 1000, time he achieved in his first round thrown. Thus, it was 107/000 ahead of the TS050 HYBRID Nº 8 shared by the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, the Japanese with Kamui Kobayashi and English Mike conway.
Toyota's hegemony began in training as López-Kobayashi-Conway achieved the best time of the session with 3m18s718 and led Nakajima-Buemi-Alonso by 5/10.
The top trio was completed by the French Stephane sarrazin and the Russians Egor Orudzhev y Matevos Isaakyan, from SMP Racing, who were left 2s213 / 1000 of the poleman, something that reflects the power of the Japanese hybrid prototypes.
Alonso in action on the Toyota TS050 HYBRID No. 8.
As usual at Le Mans, Thursday's day will be reserved for the last two qualifying sessions, after which the competition's starting grid will be formed. It will start on Saturday at 15 pm local time.
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