Porsche on provisional pole at Le Mans
12 June 2014 – The Porsche of ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard is on provisional pole position for this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans, the third round of the World Endurance Championship.
In the hands Hartley, the #20 machine clocked a time of 2:23.157, with the second Porsche 919, driven by Neel Jani at the time, backing him up to give the German brand a one-two on its return to the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Toyota and Audi had looked to threaten Porsche at the top of the times, but after Fernando Rees lost control of his GTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage at the Porsche Curves and Toyota's Stéphane Sarrazin ground to a halt at the Dunlop chicane with an oil leak, the session was red flagged and subsequently called off with 30 minutes to run.
This left the two Toyotas and Audis occupying positions three to six, a long way off the Porsche runners.
Oliver Pla took provisional pole in LMP2 at the wheel of the #26 OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan, Gianmaria Bruni topped GTE Pro in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 and Andrea Bertolini led GTE Am in the #72 SMP Ferrari 458.
The preceding practice session was halted following a massive crash for the #1 Audi, being driven by Loïc Duval. The Frenchman escaped without serious injuries, but is to be replaced by Marc Gené for the rest of the event.