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Number 8 Toyota claims 24H Le Mans pole

LE MANS, FRANCE – JUNE 08: The #08 Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010 Hybrid of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, and Ryo Hirakawa in action at Le Mans 24 Hours practice and qualifying on June 8, 2022 in Le Mans, France. (Photo by James Moy Photography/Getty Images)

The number 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing has claimed pole position in the Hypercars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 30 minutes to glory began with the number 7 Toyota Gazoo car going out first, while the number 8 waited on the pits for a few minutes.

Kobayashi in the n.7 began his fast lap but then violated track limits, thus invalidating his laptime. The same happened with the 709 Glickenhaus driven by R. Briscoe behind.

In LMP2, the number 38 of JOTA Racing dominated the class through the first stages, with the 31 WRT behind them though times were always improving. In GTE Am, the 61 AF Corse led.

The first laps from Toyota finally came and the number 8 Toyota led over the 7th, while the 36 Alpine sat third and the 709 completed in P4.

GTE Pro saw its first leader being the N. 64 Corvette car. Halfway through the session, we saw the times holding as mentioned.

A big twist happened with 7 minutes to go as the N. 36 Alpine driven by Lapierre took provisional pole in the Hyperpole class, with the 8th of Hartley behind.

In the end, it was the number 8 Toyota driven by Brendon Hartley who took pole in the Hypercars, with the number 7 behind him. In LMP2, the number 31 WTR. Number 64 Corvette in GTE Pro and number 61 AF Corse in GTE Am.

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