Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: FREDERIC LE FLOC H / Frédéric Le Floc'h / DPPI via AFP 00h03, 08 June 2023Ferraris and Toyotas lead the way in this start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Hypercars category. Both teams dominated qualifying practice on the Sarthe circuit. The Hyperbole, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, will determine the starting grid.
The two Ferraris dominated the two Toyotas, favourites for the 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the premier Hypercars category, during qualifying practice on Wednesday at the Sarthe circuit. The number 50, driven by Italian Antonio Fuoco, Spaniard Miguel Molina and Dane Nicklas Nielsen, took the best time with 3 min 25 sec 213/1000 achieved by the Italian. It is ahead of the other Scuderia car entered in Hypercar, the number 51, second on the timesheet. The two Toyotas are ranked 3rd and 4th on the eve of the Hyperpole, which will determine Thursday at 20:18 (<>:<>) the first places on the starting grid of the Le Mans classic.
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Eight qualified cars
At the end of qualifying practice, the eight fastest cars in each of the three categories (Hypercar, LMP2 and LMGTE Am) qualified for Hyperpole. In this game, the two Peugeot 9X8s failed to take their ticket, finishing 10th and 11th. In addition to Ferrari and Toyota, two of the four Porsches entered in Hypercar and the two Cadillacs in the premier class will compete for pole position in the most famous endurance race.
Earlier in the day, the first free practice had put Toyota in the lead, the number 8 ahead of the number 7, far ahead of the Ferraris, only 8th and 12th. A second free practice session (the first at night) will be held on Wednesday between 22:00 and midnight.