LeMans 2014: Results – Qualifying

Kaz Nakajima Puts Toyota Hybrid on LeMans Pole

Former Williams Formula 1 driver Kazuki “Kaz” Nakajima rarely brought much glory to the land of the rising sun in his F1 days, but he’s been honing his craft – and, yesterday, he became a bona-fide hero to millions of Japanese race fans by blasting his 1000 HP Toyota TS 040 hybrid around the Circuit de la Sarthe a full 1.5 seconds faster than the nearest Audi R18 e-tron Quattro (3:21.789 for the Toyota, compared to 3:23.271 for the Audi). To celebrate this first-ever LeMans pole for a Japanese driver in a Japanese car, Kaz climbed out of his Toyota slowly. Purposefully.

Like a motherf***ing rockstar.

Kaz’ Toyota wasn’t the only car to qualify ahead of the (previously) invincible-looking Audis, either. Both Porsche 919 hybrid teams managed the trick, as well. Further back in the field, the Nissan-powered race teams dominated the LMP2 class’ timesheets, while the experimental NISMO Nissan ZEOD RC rocketed around the track well ahead of the GT Ferraris, Corvettes, (etc.), despite having to make do with just about half the horsepower.

You can see how the rest of the field will line up for LeMans 2014, below … and you can let us know what you think of Porsche’s overall chances and the likelihood of Ferrari graduating from LeMans’ GT class next year in the comments at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

 

LEMANS 2014 RESULTS – QUALIFYING
Car No. Team Car Class Grid Pos.
7 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 LMP1 1
14 Porsche Team Porsche 919 LMP1 2
8 Toyota Racing Toyota TS 040 LMP1 3
20 Porsche Team Porsche 919 LMP1 4
3 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron Quattro LMP1 5
2 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron Quattro LMP1 6
1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron Quattro LMP1 7
12 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One Toyota LMP1 8
13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One Toyota LMP1 9
46 Thiriet By TDS Racing Ligier Nissan LMP2 10
38 Jota Sport Zytek Nissan LMP2 11
35 OAK Racing Ligier Nissan LMP2 12
26 G-Drive Racing Morgan Nissan LMP2 13
36 Signatech Alpine Alpine Nissan LMP2 14
48 Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R Nissan LMP2 15
47 KCMG Oreca 03R Nissan LMP2 16
43 Newblood By Morand Racing Morgan Judd LMP2 17
34 Race Performance Oreca 03R Judd LMP2 18
42 Caterham Zytek Nissan LMP2 19
24 Sebastien Loeb Racing Oreca 03R Nissan LMP2 20
37 SMP Racing Oreca 03R Nissan LMP2 21
27 SMP Racing Oreca 03R Nissan LMP2 22
29 Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan LMP2 23
33 OAK Racing Ligier HPD (Honda) LMP2 24
50 Larbre Competition Morgan Judd LMP2 25
41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan LMP2 26
0 NISMO Nissan ZEOD RC CDNT 27
51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 28
81 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 29
73 Corvette Racing Chevy Corvette C7 LMGTE 30
97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE 31
74 Corvette Racing Chevy Corvette C7 LMGTE 32
52 RAM Racing Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 33
92 Porsche Team Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE 34
98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE 35
91 Porsche Team Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE 36
95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE 37
61 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 38
72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 39
88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE 40
77 Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE 41
90 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 42
99 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage LMGTE 43
60 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 44
66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 45
53 RAM Racing Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 46
71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 47
76 IMSA Performance Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGTE 48
79 Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGTE 49
75 Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGTE 50
58 Team Sofrev ASP Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 51
57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 52
70 Team Taisan Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 53
67 IMSA Performance Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGTE 54
62 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE 55

 

Sources | Photos: LeMans/WEC, Motorsport.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.