Gazoo Racing has locked out the front row during qualifying for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Fuji in a session that was shortened by a red flag due to Charlie Robertson’s #6 Ginetta stopping on track.

The #8 duo of Kazuki Nakajima and took pole position and never really seemed under threat from either the sister car or the non-hybrid privateers. Together, the duo set an average time of 01:25:013, which was 0.790s quicker than the combined effort of winners Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi, who will be lining up in second place.

Despite not completing the session, the #6 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER proved the quickest of the non-hybrids with a combined time of 01:25:889, which was three-tenths faster than the #1 Rebellion of Norman Nato and Gustavo Menezes in fourth. The LMP1 running order was completed by the #5 Ginetta, which was nearly two seconds off the pole time.

In LMP2, newly crowned Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries initially set the pace for Racing Team Nederland, but the Dutch squad’s pace dropped once bronze-rated Frits van Eerd got behind the wheel of the #29 ORECA 07-Gibson.

In their absence, it was Jackie Chan DC Racing who took pole. The combined effort of Ho-Pin Tung and Gabriel Aubry was good for an average time 0f 01:29:302, which was 0.415s quicker than the time Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque managed in the #22 United Autosports ORECA.

The Anglo-American squad will be lining up second, ahead of the #38 JOTA Sport ORECA. WEC newcomers High Class Racing and Cool Racing qualified fourth and fifth, while reigning champions Signatech Alpine Elf will be starting their #36 Alpine A470-Gibson from sixth place.

De Vries and Van Eerd’s average of 01:30:935 put Racing Team Nederland seventh in class, while Cetilar Racing brought up the rear.


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