Just like in practice, the No. 64 C7.R was the faster of the two General Motors factory entries, lapping Circuit de La Sarthe in 3:55.848. The No. 63 car posted a fastest lap of 3:57.967, by far the slowest time in GTE Pro.
The fastest car of the day was the No. 68 Ford GT of Dirk Mueller, which turned in a lap of 3:51.185. Mueller’s teammate Ryan Briscoe claimed second with a lap of 3:51.497 in the No. 69 Ford GT, while AF Corse’s Gianmaria Bruni claimed third on the grid with a lap of 3:51.568 in his No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE.
The qualifying session was hard for Corvette Racing, but as driver of the No. 63 C7.R Jan Magnussen pointed out on twitter, the team won the GTE Pro class last year starting from last on the grid and with only one car.
— Jan Magnussen (@janmagnussen) June 16, 2016
The Fords were by far and away the fastest cars in the session, with Chip Ganassi Racing also claiming fourth and fifth on the grid in the No. 67 and No. 66 Ford GTs. The Ferraris were similarly as strong, forcing the ACO to make Balance of Performance changes to level the playing field.
In race trim, the Ford GTs will be 10 kg heavier than they were in qualifying and will operate with less boost pressure. The Ferrari 488, meanwhile, also received a 10 kg weight increase. The Corvette C7.R has received a 0.3mm smaller air restrictor, but will now get an additional 7 liters of fuel for the race.
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