Buemi on front row for Le Mans

Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom

The #8 Toyota LMP1 TS050 Hybrid driver Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland gets out from his car after the first qualifying session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the third round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France on June 14, 2017. –
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Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

Toyota racer in second for 24-hour endurance race after qualifying run.

Sebastien Buemi will start on the front row of the grid for the 85th running of Le Mans after the Toyota in which he is racing qualified second.

The former Scuderia Toro Rosso racer was part of a Toyota lock-out of the front row after Kamui Kobayashi’s blistering lap of 3 minutes 14.791 seconds.

Neel Jani qualified for the endurance race in third place in his Porsche 919 Hybrid afterwards saying, “now let’s see what the 24 Hours of Le Mans has in store for us”.

In similar machinery, New Zealander Brendon Hartley was a place back in fourth.

After co-driver Timo Bernhard’s attempts to move up the pecking order in qualifying, Hartley wrote on Instagram: “We will line up fourth for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour.

“Was a little frustrating for Timo, who again didn’t get a traffic-free lap on his quali attempt but we have to say it was an incredible pole lap by Toyota’s Kobayashi. Congrats.”

The #7 Toyota LMP1 TS050 Hybrid driven by Stephane Sarrazin of France, Kamui Kobayashi of Japan and Mike Conway of the UK during the first qualifying session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the third round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France on June 14, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

Le Mans qualifying top 10:

1 Stephane Sarrazin/Kamui Kobayashi/Mike Conway 3m14.791s
2 Anthony Davidson/Kazuki Nakajima/Sebastien Buemi 3m17.128s
3 Andre Lotterer/Neel Jani/Nick Tandy 3m17.259s
4 Timo Bernhard/Brendon Hartley/Earl Bamber 3m18.067s
5 Nicolas Lapierre/Jose Maria Lopez/Yuji Kunimoto 3m18.625s
6 Marco Bonanomi/Oliver Webb/Dominik Kraihamer 3m24.170s
7 Roman Rusinov/Pierre Thiriet/Alex Lynn 3m25.549s
8 Vitaly Petrov/Simon Trummer/Roberto Gonzalez 3m25.549s
9 Oliver Jarvis/Ho-Pin Tung/Thomas Laurent 3m25.911s
10 Bruno Senna/Julien Canal/Nicolas Prost 3m26.736s

 

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