Porsche has the provisional pole for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. But it came on a day with way less track time than the six hours that were planned due to a litany of accidents.
Ex-Mercedes test driver Brendon Hartley, now a Porsche factory ace, clocked in at 3:23.157 in the No. 20 Porsche 919 Hybrid. He’ll co-drive with Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard this week, as he does for the rest of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Other provisional class polesitters are G-Drive Racing, AF Corse and SMP Racing in LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am.
Here’s results thus far. Two more qualifying sessions occur on Thursday, form 7 to 9 and 10 to midnight local time.
The No. 1 Audi wrecked earlier Wednesday and requires a change in chassis. The team confirmed just “two grazes” was all that affected Loic Duval, who had the accident at the Porsche Curves.
That said, despite the minimal nature of his injuries, Duval was ruled out by doctors late Wednesday night, confirmed by the team. Marc Gene will fill in for him at Audi; Oliver Turvey now fills in for Gene at Jota Sport in LMP2.