All five Hypercars and the fastest six from each other category took part in the 30min Hyperpole session to determine the starting order of Saturday’s race.
Kobayashi set the early pace, 1.23sec ahead of the No8 Toyota of Hartley, with the No708 Glickenhaus of Pla trailing by a further 1.342sec. Lapierre’s Alpine was a further 2sec adrift, ahead of Dumas in the No709 Glickenhaus.
But just after the Hypercars set their first times, battle was paused as Kevin Estre went off in his No92 Porsche, ending his hopes of qualifying fastest of the GTE Pro runners.
There were just over 22min left on the clock when the session restarted and Hartley set about chasing the pole time, closing the gap to 0.295 sec. Kobayashi looked to have more in reserve, but dived into the pits as he appeared to be setting a faster lap, after exceeding track limits.
Da Costa moved to the front of the LMP2 class for Jota but found himself trading paces with the rapid Louis Deletraz for class pole.
WEC LMP2 championship leaders, United Autosports were less successful, however. Nicolas Jamin spent several minutes in the pits, while Paul DiResta was another one of many to have a lap deleted for exceeding track limits and stopped in the pits with 9min to go, at the back of the LMP2 pack, later explaining that the car had an issue.
By this time, with Toyotas were also stopped, with a 1.67sec gap over the Alpine, with Pla’s lead Glickenhaus, still pushing out on track but ultimately unable to improve his position.
2021 Le Mans 24 Hours Hyperpole qualifying results
|1||Kamui Kobayashi||Toyota Gazoo Racing||07||3min 23.900sec||LMH|
|2||Brendon Hartley||Toyota Gazoo Racing||08||+0.295sec||LMH|
|3||Nicolas Lapierre||Alpine Elf Matmut||36||+1.674sec||LMH|
|4||Olivier Pla||Glickenhaus Racing||708||+1.739sec||LMH|
|5||Romain Dumas||Glickenhaus Racing||709||+3.756sec||LMH|
|6||Antonio Felix Da Costa||Jota||38||+4.050sec||LMP2|
|7||Louis Deletraz||Team WRT||41||+4.570sec||LMP2|
|8||Will Stevens||Panis Racing||65||+4.686sec||LMP2|
|9||Nyck De Vries||G-Drive Racing||26||+5.043sec||LMP2|
|10||Nicolas Jamin||United Autosports||32||+5.178sec||LMP2|
|11||Paul DiResta||United Autosports||23||+6.127sec||LMP2|
|12||Dries Vanthoor||Hub Auto Racing||72||+22.982sec||GTE Pro|
|13||Daniel Serra||AF Corse||52||+23.163sec||GTE Pro|
|14||Nick Tandy||Corvette Racing||64||+23.193sec||GTE Pro|
|15||James Calado||AF Corse||51||+23.347sec||GTE Pro|
|16||Gianmaria Bruni||Porsche GT Team||91||+23.796sec||GTE Pro|
|17||Julien Andlauer||Dempsey-Proton Racing||88||+24.087sec||GTE Am|
|18||Tom Gamble||GR Racing||86||+24.660sec||GTE Am|
|19||Matteo Cairoli||Team Project 1||56||+24.976sec||GTE-Am|
|20||Antonio Fuoco||Cetilar Racing||47||+25.487sec||GTE-Am|