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Qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Hyperpole delayed attributable to barrier repairs

The pole vault shootout within the fourth round of the 2024 World Endurance Championships didn’t start at 8:00 p.m. local time as scheduled, with race control subsequently reporting 8:30 p.m. as the brand new start time.

The Hyperpole session was further moved to eight:35 p.m., as work continued to exchange the Armco barriers between Mulsanne and Indianapolis.

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The first of the weekend's two competitions was red flagged with about quarter-hour remaining when Graff driver Louis Rossi crashed his No. 9 Ligier JS P320 LMP3 automotive badly.

Rossi was in a position to get out of the automotive on his own, but each his automotive and the guardrails suffered serious damage because of this of the contact.

No replays of the incident were shown and it stays unclear whether technical problems caused the crash. An accident with one other automotive can’t be ruled out either.

#83 AF Corse Ferrari 499P: Robert Kubica, Robert Shwartzman, Yifei Ye

#83 AF Corse Ferrari 499P: Robert Kubica, Robert Shwartzman, Yifei Ye

Photo: Rainier Ehrhardt

Eight cars from each of the three classes will participate within the Hyperpole race, which can determine where they will probably be on the starting line of the 92nd edition of the French endurance racing classic.

However, only seven vehicles will actually fight for pole position in Hypercar, with Jota sitting out the session as he rebuilds his No. 12 Porsche 963 on the brand new chassis.

The British team only made it into Q2 after Kamui Kobayashi lost all his laps within the number 7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid for causing a red flag. However, afterward Wednesday, Callum Ilott suffered his own accident during night training, which resulted within the Porsche's tub being unable to be repaired.

Dries Vanthoor won the primary segment of qualifying within the No. 15 BMW M Hybrid V8, driving the No. 3 Cadillac V-Series.R of Sebastien Bourdais.

Malthe Jakobsen placed the #37 Cool Racing ORECA-Gibson 07 at the highest of the LMP2 class, while the brand new LMGT3 division was led by Ben Barker within the #77 Ford Proton Mustang GT3.

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