Tandy tops shortened Q2 at Le Mans

Porsche remains at the top of the board in Le Mans qualifying.

Tandy tops shortened Q2 at Le Mans
#19 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid Hybrid: Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy
#7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro: Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer
#19 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid Hybrid: Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy
#46 Thiriet by TDS Racing ORECA 05: Tristan Gommendy, Ludovic Badey, Pierre Thiriet
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, Rob Bell
#72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 GTE: Andrea Bertolini, Viktor Shaitar, Alexey Basov
Jan Magnussen crash
#63 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Ryan Briscoe
#47 KCMG ORECA 05: Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, Nicolas Lapierre

Nick Tandy set the fastest time in a shortened second qualifying session at Le Mans this evening. The two hour session was stopped after 1hr 14mins when Jan Magnussen suffered an accident in the Porsche Curves.

Tandy, driving the No.19 Porsche 919 Hybrid set a best of 3m18.862 as Porsche concentrated on evaluating race rubber on long stints. The vast majority of times this evening were slower than yesterday’s best but Tandy improved on the No.19's time by just over 0.5s.

Andre Lotterer registered the second fastest lap of the session by setting a 3m20.561 in the No.7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Along with the No.19 Porsche improvement, this was one of the few times which bettered last night’s best effort.

Tristan Gommendy was quickest in LMP2 in the Thiriet by TDS ORECA 05 but was once again reported to the stewards for track limit violations at Tertre Rouge.

The N0.21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO driven by Tsugio Matsuda went quicker than its best time from yesterday and jumped to 18th position overall.

Aston, Ferrari lead GTE classes

Aston Martin again headed the LMGTE Pro class but this time it was the No.97 Aston Martin driven by Darren Turner that led the pack on a 3m57.447s.

Andrea Bertolini broke the Aston Martin stranglehold in LMGTE Am with a 3m58.837s lap in the SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia. The time though was still 2.6s off Pedro Lamy’s best from yesterday evening and 1.6 away from his ultimate best.

The session was shortened because of Magnussen’s accident and organisers decided to end it there and then, preferring to opt for an earlier start and a thirty minute extension to the final qualifying which will now take place at 21.30 local time.

Other incidents

Other incidents in the session saw the No.13 Rebellion R-One-AER driven by Dominik Kraihamer hit the wall at the first Mulsanne Chicane. This brought out the first red flag of the session as workers had to rebuild the tyre-barrier.

The provisional pole sitting KCMG ORECA 05-Nissan also suffered an accident just after Mulsanne Corner. Matt Howson was at the wheel when the LMP2 Coupe suffered a suspected mechanical breakage pitching the British racer in to a lurid spin.

Many drivers were warned about track limit violations, particularly at Tertre Rouge, during the session with the most noteworthy penalty coming the way of the No.1 Toyota Gazoo Racing entry.

The final qualifying session begins at 21.30 local time.

Complete session results

 Cla   No.   Driver   Car / Engine   Time   Delay   Laps   km/h 
19  Nico Hülkenberg
Earl Bamber
Nick Tandy
Porsche 3'18.862   20 246.725
Marcel Fässler
André Lotterer
Benoît Tréluyer
Audi 3'20.561 1.699 18 244.635
18  Romain Dumas
Neel Jani
Marc Lieb
Porsche 3'20.974 2.112 15 244.133
17  Timo Bernhard
Mark Webber
Brendon Hartley
Porsche 3'20.980 2.118 7 244.125
Lucas di Grassi
Loïc Duval
Oliver Jarvis
Audi 3'21.681 2.819 19 243.277
F.Albuquerque
Marco Bonanomi
René Rast
Audi 3'22.494 3.632 12 242.300
Anthony Davidson
Sébastien Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota 3'25.233 6.371 20 239.066
Alexander Wurz
S.Sarrazin
Mike Conway
Toyota 3'26.380 7.518 15 237.738
12  Nicolas Prost
Mathias Beche
Nick Heidfeld
Rebellion/AER 3'28.745 9.883 12 235.044
10  Simon Trummer
Pierre Kaffer
Tiago Monteiro
CLM/AER 3'36.825 17.963 11 226.285
11  13  A.Imperatori
D.Kraihamer
Daniel Abt
Rebellion/AER 3'38.044 19.182 3 225.020
12  23  Olivier Pla
J.Mardenborough
Max Chilton
Nissan 3'38.954 20.092 12 224.085
13  21  Tsugio Matsuda
M.Shulzhitskiy
Lucas Ordóñez
Nissan 3'39.992 21.130 12 223.028
14  46  Pierre Thiriet
Tristan Gommendy
Ludovic Badey
ORECA/Nissan 3'40.441 21.579 18 222.573
15  47  Matt Howson
Richard Bradley
Nicolas Lapierre
ORECA/Nissan 3'40.624 21.762 7 222.389
16  36  N.Panciatici
Paul-Loup Chatin
V.Capillaire
Alpine/Nissan 3'41.477 22.615 20 221.532
17  48  Karun Chandhok
Mark Patterson
N.Berthon
ORECA/Nissan 3'41.827 22.965 18 221.183
18  22  Harry Tincknell
Michael Krumm
Alex Buncombe
Nissan 3'42.230 23.368 17 220.782
19  30  Scott Sharp
Ryan Dalziel
David Hansson
Ligier/HPD 3'42.862 24.000 16 220.155
20  29  Leo Roussel
David Cheng
Ho-Pin Tung
Morgan/Nissan 3'43.824 24.962 11 219.209
21  34  Chris Cumming
Laurens Vanthoor
Kévin Estre
Ligier/HPD 3'43.853 24.991 16 219.181
22  41  Gary Hirsch
Gaëtan Paletou
Jon Lancaster
Gibson/Nissan 3'44.123 25.261 17 218.917
23  31  Ed Brown
J.van Overbeek
Jon Fogarty
Ligier/HPD 3'44.631 25.769 16 218.422
24  42  Nick Leventis
Danny Watts
Jonny Kane
Dome/Nissan 3'44.704 25.842 13 218.351
25  40  Tracy Krohn
Nic Jönsson
João Barbosa
Ligier/Judd 3'44.854 25.992 19 218.205
26  38  Simon Dolan
Mitchell Evans
Oliver Turvey
Gibson/Nissan 3'45.770 26.908 14 217.320
27  28  Gustavo Yacamán
Luis Derani
Ricardo González
Ligier/Nissan 3'46.504 27.642 14 216.616
28  26  Roman Rusinov
Julien Canal
Sam Bird
Ligier/Nissan 3'47.713 28.851 13 215.465
29  37  Mikhail Aleshin
Kirill Ladygin
Anton Ladygin
BR Engineering/Nissan 3'52.383 33.521 6 211.135
30  27  Maurizio Mediani
Devi Markozov
N.Minassian
BR Engineering/Nissan 3'54.065 35.203 4 209.618
31  97  Darren Turner
Stefan Mücke
Rob Bell
Aston Martin 3'57.447 38.585 17 206.633
32  51  Gianmaria Bruni
Toni Vilander
G.Fisichella
Ferrari 3'57.503 38.641 18 206.584
33  91  Richard Lietz
M.Christensen
Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 3'57.843 38.981 14 206.289
34  71  Davide Rigon
James Calado
Olivier Beretta
Ferrari 3'58.398 39.536 16 205.808
35  92  Patrick Pilet
F.Makowiecki
Wolf Henzler
Porsche 3'58.721 39.859 16 205.530
36  72  Viktor Shaitar
Andrea Bertolini
Aleksey Basov
Ferrari 3'58.837 39.975 16 205.430
37  95  Marco Sørensen
C.Nygaard
Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin 3'58.983 40.121 15 205.304
38  35  Jacques Nicolet
Jean-Marc Merlin
Erik Maris
Ligier/HPD 3'59.244 40.382 6 205.081
39  99  Fernando Rees
Alex MacDowall
Richie Stanaway
Aston Martin 3'59.263 40.401 19 205.064
40  63  Jan Magnussen
Antonio García
Ryan Briscoe
Chevrolet 3'59.754 40.892 12 204.644
41  64  Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet 4'00.025 41.163 16 204.413
42  98  Paul Dalla Lana
Pedro Lamy
Mathias Lauda
Aston Martin 4'00.110 41.248 17 204.341
43  61  Peter Mann
R.Giammaria
Matteo Cressoni
Ferrari 4'00.311 41.449 17 204.170
44  53  J.Bleekemolen
Ben Keating
Marc Miller
SRT/Dodge 4'01.501 42.639 15 203.164
45  88  Christian Ried
K.Al Qubaisi
Klaus Bachler
Porsche 4'02.361 43.499 7 202.443
46  68  Han Chen Chen
Gilles Vannelet
Mike Parisy
Porsche 4'02.789 43.927 17 202.086
47  50  Gianluca Roda
Paolo Ruberti
Kristian Poulsen
Chevrolet 4'02.871 44.009 14 202.018
48  83  François Perrodo
Emmanuel Collard
Rui Águas
Ferrari 4'03.641 44.779 17 201.379
49  55  Duncan Cameron
Matt Griffin
Alex Mortimer
Ferrari 4'03.765 44.903 16 201.277
50  66  A.Al Faisal
Kuba Giermaziak
Michael Avenatti
Ferrari 4'03.881 45.019 18 201.181
51  96  Roald Goethe
Stuart Hall
F.Castellacci
Aston Martin 4'04.193 45.331 17 200.924
52  67  Jun San Chen
Alex Kapadia
Xavier Maassen
Porsche 4'05.137 46.275 17 200.150
53  62  Bill Sweedler
Townsend Bell
Jeff Segal
Ferrari 4'05.332 46.470 15 199.991
54  77  Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Long
Marco Seefried
Porsche 4'08.157 49.295 9 197.715
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