Toyota closes front row for home race

Kamui Kobayashi took pole in the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid with a 1m29.234s on its first flying lap.

Brendon Hartley’s first lap in the sister car was 1m29.285s, before making a small improvement to 1m29.254s.

Matthieu Vaxiviere took third place aboard the Alpine A480-Gibson, finishing just two tenths behind the Toyotas in a 1m29.446s.

The two Peugeots were both within a second of the pace in fourth and fifth place.

A 1m30s from Jean-Eric Vergne in the #93 Peugeot 9X8 gave him fourth place, while Loic Duval finished in a 1m30.152s in #94.

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Antonio Felix da Costa took the LMP2 pole for the JOTA squad with a 1m31.649s aboard the #38 Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2.

That put him half a second ahead of the pack after the first runs, but the gap narrowed after all the lead runners went for further runs on a second set of tires.

Da Costa was unable to improve his time, but Nicklas Nielsen came to a 1m31.929s in the AF Corse Pro/Am Oreca to take second.

Robin Frijns, who had finished second after the opening runs, improved his time to a 1m32.059s, but dropped to third in the #31 WRT.

Ferdinand Habsburg jumped to fourth in WRT Oreca’s #41 Real team with a 1m32.143s on his second run.

#92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR – 19 GTE-PRO: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre

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Porsche surpasses GTE Pro qualifying

Michael Christensen took pole position for Porsche in GTE Pro.

The Dane took first place in his first flying lap with a 1m36.371s aboard the #92 Porsche 911 RSR, finishing nearly two tenths behind James Calado in the fastest of the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evos.

Calado’s 1m36,566s gave him a similar margin to the second Porsche qualified by Gianmaria Bruni, who set a 1m36,800s.

Miguel Molina took fourth in the second of the Ferraris with a set of 1m36,851s on his third flying lap.

Corvette’s Nick Tandy brought out the rear of the five-car GTE Pro class on a 1m37.127s.

Ben Keating took third pole of the season in GTE Am aboard the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GTE, ahead of Sarah Bovy in the Iron Women’s Ferrari by just five hundredths of a second.

Keating set a 1m39.309s, compared to Bovy’s 1m39.371s.

Franck Dezoteux was third in the AF run Spirit of Race Ferrari.

The Fuji 6 Hours, the penultimate round of this year’s WEC, kicks off at 11 a.m. local time on Sunday.