The Porsche 919 Hybrid race car is off to a fast start at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Two of the German automaker’s drivers beat the previous qualifying lap record of 3:18.51 set by Stéphane Sarrazin in the Peugeot 908 in 2008, with Neel Jani turning in a lap time of 3:16.887 and Timo Bernhardt clocking in at 3:17.767. Of course the qualifying lap time record is for the current track configuration. The overall qualifying record for any Le Mans race still belongs to Porsche when Pedro Rodriguez took the pole in 1971 with a 3:13.90 in a Porsche 917.
Don’t already hand the victory over to Porsche though, as defending Le Mans winner Audi isn’t far behind the pace with the R18 e-tron Quattro. All three Audi entries follow the three Porsche entries while a pair of Toyota racers will start behind Audi if future qualifying sessions don’t change the pace. The fourth place Audi turned in a time of 3:19.866 with Loic Duval. It’s unclear right now if either Porsche or Audi will try to best their qualifying times with uncertain weather conditions for Thursday’s sessions.
Nissan with its front-engine, front-wheel drive GT-R LM NISMO posted a time of 3:38.468 while Aston Martin swept the GTE class.
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