Automotive. Toyota still facing itself at 24 Hours of Le Mans

The public rediscovers the legendical endurance car race after the 2020 closed session and the 2021 health gauge.

Automotive. Toyota still facing itself at 24 Hours of Le Mans

The public rediscovers the legendical endurance car race after the 2020 closed session and the 2021 health gauge. Nothing, or nearly nothing, has changed in his absence: Hegemonic, Toyota won the previous four editions.

Even the rivalry between Japanese manufacturers has been spiced up in recent times, with the N.7 of Kamui Kbayashi, Mike Conway, and Jose Maria Lopez ending years worth of bad luck by winning 2021.

Brendon Hartley arrived two years ago to help Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa joined last year to assist Sebastien Buemi. The N.8 hypercar took pole on Thursday. He now sees the chance to continue his success after his hat-trick of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Pascal Vasselon, the director of the Japanese team, rejoiced, "We are very pleased to have taken pole for eighth time. This places Toyota in second place in the history race, tied with Audi". . "We are as good as what we think we can.

They are the only ones who could challenge them. Vasselon stated, "We will not underestimate any of our competitors." Vasting admitted that Glickenhaus was a bit behind in qualifying. This was surprising, but we know they are on the same level in race conditions.

"We had to be aggressive if we wanted to play with them. Lapierre admitted that we optimized everything. "We are four tenths of a second behind, while they have tended to their garden a little during this session.

Alpine is the natural competitor to Toyota. After two races, it has a better classification in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Sarthe circuit is also subject to a unique delay by the Japanese manufacturer.

Paradoxally, however, it could be James Glickenhaus, a small American director based in New York who might come to the Toyota cars.

The N.708 was reliable and regular throughout the week. These are essential qualities in this race, where even the smallest mechanical issue can cause serious problems.

The boss says, "I believe we have our chance. The car is good, easy-to-drive, and reliable over long term." "We trust. We design and build cars that last. We may have a chance to survive against the Toyotas.

The N.709 will begin from the second row, just next to the Alpine. The N.708 will then be installed on the third rows with the Oreca–Gibson from the Belgians of WRT alongside it. This is the fastest LMP2 category. During the hyperpole.

Its main rival should be an Oreca-Gibson competitor, United Autosports, the team headed by Zak Brown, who is the boss of McLaren F1. This category brings together 27 small prototypes that are a bit slower than the hypercars.

The Corvette N.64 will start at the lower level ahead of six LMGTE-Pro (derived primarily from production sports cars) as well as the Ferrari N.61 of AF Corse, with Vincent Abril behind the wheel. This will be followed by the 22 LGMTE-Am, which are driven mainly by amateurs who are not professionals.

Even though Friday's weather was gray at Le Mans, it promised perfect conditions for the race with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

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