Jani leads Porsche one-two-three in Le Mans qualifying

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Neel Jani headed a Porsche one-two-three as the German manufacturer dominated first qualifying for the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Jani posted a 3m16.887s at the wheel of the #18 Porsche early in the two-hour session to secure provisional pole, setting a new qualifying lap record in the process.

Timo Bernhard lapped second fastest in the #17 entry, while Nick Tandy ensured Porsche’s stranglehold on qualifying by going third in the #19 car.

Loic Duval was the best of the three Audi R18 e-tron quattros in fifth in the #8 entry, but was some three seconds shy of Jani’s session topping top in the #18 Porsche.

Marco Bonanomi ended first qualifying sixth quickest in the second #9 Audi, ahead of Benoit Treluyer, who went seventh despite spinning the #7 car at the first Mulsanne chicane.

2014 pole sitter Toyota was left to battle for seventh, with Stephane Sarrazin the fastest of the two TS040s.

Mathias Belche impressed as he lapped within three seconds of the Toyotas in the new Rebellion R-One AER on route to ninth fastest.

Jann Mardenborough finished Nissan’s first qualifying session as the fastest of the Japanese firm’s three cars in 12th overall in the #23 NISMO entry.

LMP2

KCMG’s Richard Bradley carried the team’s strong practice form into qualifying, posting a 3m38.032s to top the LMP2 leaderboard – 11th fastest overall.

Jon Lancaster lapped within a second of Bradley in the #41 Greaves entry to go 13th before team-mate Gaetan Paletou crashed the car at Mulsanne Corner, prompting a lengthy red flag.

The #38 Jota car driven by Mitch Evans ended first qualifying third in class, ahead of Sam Bird, who went fourth for G-Drive Racing.

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GTE

Aston Martin dominated the GT classes, with Richie Stanaway leading a one-two for the British marque.

Stanaway clocked a 3m54.928s at the wheel of the #99 Vantage to head Pedro Lamy, who topped the Am-class in the #98 car.

Gianmaria Bruni ensured the 2014 Le Mans GTE-Pro class winners ended first qualifying third quickest in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia.

Stefan Mucke and Marco Sorenson were fourth and fifth, as Aston Martin made it four cars in the top five, while Corvette was forced to settle for sixth fastest.

Images courtesy of WEC Media

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