Dunlop teams had a successful qualifying over three sessions held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The times set in the first session on Wednesday stood as the fastest due to wet conditions yesterday with teams using the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the performance of the 2016 wet specification at the Le Mans track.
LMP1 Private Teams
Rebellion Racing’s number 13 car of Tuscher/Imperatori/Kraihamer was the fastest of the three in the class, an impressive 1.5 seconds faster than the 2015 time, followed by sister car number 12. The Bykolles Racing Team followed having missed the Wednesday session after sustaining fire damage.
Number 26 G-Drive Racing’s René Rast set the fastest time of 3:36.605, some 2.3 seconds faster than the 2015 pole position time. The Oreca was followed by the two Alpine-Nissans of Baxi DC Racing and Signatech. Fourth place was taken by the Manor Oreca-Nissan with the USA squads of Michael Shank Racing (Ligier-Honda) and number 31 of Extreme Speed Motorsports (Ligier-Nissan) rounding out the top six. Dunlop teams took the top-nine places.
The Spa winning number 98 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage was second in LM GTE Am while in LM GT Pro the number 95 sister car was 0.6 seconds faster than last year and will start the race in ninth place.
Jean-Felix Bazelin, Operations Director, Dunlop Motorsport : « To see such an improvement on pace versus 2015 shows the development work from our partner teams is bringing strong gains. Our objective was to develop a tyre range that performs ‘stronger for longer’ and the 24h race is the perfect development arena for us ». »