Toyota Claims Pole at 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

Toyota Claims Pole at 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

Toyota has made history at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Toyota Racing’s Kazuki Nakajima has become the first Japanese driver to earn pole position at the Le Mans 24 Hours, besting both Audi and Porsche during qualifying. With a lap time of 3:21.789, the number-seven Toyota confirmed its dominance and drivers Nakajima, Sarrazin and Wurz will look to take home the win for Toyota.

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The TS040 Hybrid’s lap time is over 0.5 seconds faster than the quickest time Audi achieved last year, which was 3:22.349. Porsche’s return to Le Mans racing is also off to a good start, claiming the second and fourth spots while Toyota’s other TS040 will start in third. Last year’s winner, Audi, will take the next three spots on the grid.

The Le Mans 24 Hours race will start on Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 AM ET.

GALLERY: Toyota TS040 Hybrid

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