Rino Mastronardi topped the GT qualifying times in the 15 minute session to set the grid for this evening’s 2 hour opening race of the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
He picked uptake pace throughout the session to put his #8 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 on pole position ahead fo seven other GT3 spec cars.
His 1:54.431 would be over 6 tenths clear of the effort by fellow front-row starter Michael Broniszewski and his #74 Kessel Racing run Ferrari.
First non-Ferrari was Niki Leutwiler in the #2 Pzoberer Zürichseee by TFT Porsche after traumas in testing earlier in the week with the #67 Kessel Ferrari of Murod Sultanov qualifying fourth.
The following LMP3 class session saw last-minute dramas with the pole setting car smoking and off the circuit more than once before grinding to a halt, drivers right on the Mistral Straight with an apparently broken driveshaft, waved yellows followed by the red flags, the session ended just over 60 seconds early.
That saw the man in trouble, Jean Glorieux, in the #3 DKR Engineering Duqueine D08 on pole after an earlier 149.619.
The red flag meant that a potential pole challenge from Nicolas Maulini could not be completed in the #37 Cool Racing Ligier JS P320, he’d be less than half a tenth short in the final order.
Third fastest was another Duqueine, Alexander Mattschull in the #55 Rinaldi Racing Duqueine and Rory Penttinen in the #26 Graff Ligier completed the second row.