WEC 24h Le Mans GTE ... Ferrari 488 GTEs to start the hunt from the second and third row


 

Le Mans, 8th June, 2023

The LMGTE-Am class Hyperpole saw five Ferrari 488 GTEs involved in the session that defined the first eight starting grid positions. The air and asphalt temperatures ľ 28.9C and 34.4C respectively ľ higher than over the previous days, put a slight damper on car performances, which on this occasion were driven by Bronze category drivers, as established in the regulations.

The number 54 AF Corse 488 GTE, courtesy of Thomas Flohr, excelled right from the start, holding second spot for a long stretch before having to settle for third with a 3:54.582 marker. From mid-session onwards, the number 21 (AF Corse), driven by Julien Piguet, and the number 83 (Richard Mille AF Corse), with Luis Perez Companc aboard, also set excellent times, with fourth and fifth best laps of 3:54.744 and 3:55.033, respectively.



Sixth place went to the number 57 car of Kessel Racing, driven by Takeshi Kimura (3:55.637), in a crew alongside Daniel Serra; eighth went to the sister car of Yorikatsu Tsujiko with 3:59.648. The front row was clinched by the Chevrolet handled by Ben Keating ahead of the ORT by TF team-run Aston Martin with Ahmad Al-Harty at the wheel.



The Centenary 24 Hours of Le Mans will get underway on Saturday 10 at 4 p.m. and will feature four official Ferrari Competizioni GT drivers in three of the seven 488 GTEs taking the start. Aboard the number 54 car will be Davide Rigon; in the number 83 Alessio Rovera and Lilou Wadoux, while the number 57 will feature Daniel Serra.



In addition to the five Ferraris that took part in the Hyperpole, two further Prancing Horse cars will line up at the start of the endurance race, the number 66 JMW Motorsport entry with Louis Prette, Thomas Neubauer and Giacomo Petrobelli and the number 100 of Walkenhorst Motorsport crewed by Jeffrey Segal, Andrew Haryanto and Chandler Hull.


Qualifying Times LMGTE Am Class


 

OA

IC

R#

Make

Chassis #

Driver

Lap Time

41

1

33

Chevrolet Corvette C8.R

 

N. Catsburg /
B. Keating /
N. Varrone

3:52.228

42

2

25

Aston Marlin Vantage AMR

 

A. Al Harthy /
M. Dinan /
C. Eastwood

3:52.431

43

3

54

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

 

T. Flohr /
F. Castellacci /
D. Rigon

3:51.914

44

4

21

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

 

S. Mann /
J. Piguet /
U. De Pauw

3:52.968

45

5

83

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

 

L. Perez Companc /
A. Rovera /
L. Wadoux

3:51.877

46

6

57

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

 

T. Kimura /
S. Huffaker /
D. Serra

3:52.459

47

7

55

Aston Marlin Vantage AMR

 

G. Birch /
M. Sorensen /
J. Moller

3:52.484

48

8

74

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

 

K. Cozzolino / Y. Tsujiko /
N. Yokomizo

3:53:263

49

9

77

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

 

C. Ried / M. Pedersen /
J. Andlauer

3:53.481

50

10

86

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

 

M. Wainwright /
B. Barker /
R. Pera

3:53.531

51

11

100

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

 

C. Hull /
A. Haryanto /
J. Segal

3:53.590

52

12

85

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

 

S. Bow /
M. Gatting /
R. Frey

3:53.603

53

13

60

Porsche 911 RSR- 19

 

C. Schiavoni /
M. Cressoni /
A. Picariello

3:53.626

54

14

72

Aston Marlin Vantage AMR

 

A. Robin /
M. Robin /
V. Hasse-Clot

3:53.703

55

15

56

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

 

P. Hyett /
G. Jeannette /
M. Cairoli

3:53.947

56

16

911

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

 

M. Fassbender /
M. Rump / R. Lietz

3:54.129

57

17

16

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

 

R. Hardwick /
Z. Robichon /
J. Heylen

3:54.293

58

18

98

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

 

I. James /
D. Mancinelli /
A. Riberas

3:54.498

59

19

66

Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

 

T. Neubauer /
L. Prette /
G. Petrobelli

3:55.991

60

20

88

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

 

H. Tincknell /
D. Yount /
J. Ried

3:58.486

61

21

777

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

 

S. Hoshino /
C. Stevenson /
T. Fujii