The qualifying session for the 8 Hours of Portimao had a lot in reserve for the fans, with the front row being strongly disputed between LMH and LMP2. Nonetheless, Alpine managed to clinch the pole position less than a tenth ahead of Toyota.
The qualifying session started with multiple LMGTE Am crews setting decent lap times under the Portuguese sun, while the GTE Pros were a bit more patient and took some time before the two Af Corse cars set their first timed laps. True to the reputation he built in Belgium, Kevin Estre, who is just coming back from a glorious appearance in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, once again proved to be tremendously confident behind the wheel of his Porsche 911 RSR, topping the rankings after exiting the pits late in the session.
The Amateur class ranking was topped by Egidio Perfetti’s Team Project One Porsche. The German team had encountered a massive disappointment in Spa, finding themselves unable to start the race due to major accidents during practice and qualifying sessions.
Shortly after the GTE qualifying session finished, the first LMP2 and Hypercars took control of the track, with Alpine directly setting the pace, putting up the fastest lap right in front of the Toyota number 7 crew, while frustration was rising for some LMP2 teams that saw their times deleted one after another.
Finally, after another extremely disputed session between the Hypercars, the Alpine ELF Matmut crew led, by Matthieu Vaxiviere, seized the pole position in front of both Toyota cars. On their side, Glickenhaus found themselves in great trouble, unable to find enough pace and qualifying in the 11th overall position.
The LMP2 category was topped by both JOTA crews, as Antonio Felix Da Costa saw himself unable to top the rankings, finishing just 45 thousandths behind his counterpart Blomqvist.