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Holders Toyota sweep front row at Le Mans

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The Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima drives during qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 13, 2019 in Le Mans, France.

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ByReuters
14/06/2019 at 05:55 | Updated 14/06/2019 at 07:04

Holders Toyota took pole position for the 24 Hours of Le Mans sportscar race on Thursday night with Japan's Kamui Kobayashi leading the third front-row lockout in three years for the factory TS050 hybrid cars.

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Kobayashi set the fastest lap of three minutes 15.497 seconds in the second of three qualifying sessions at the Sarthe circuit.

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The Japanese, who shares the number seven car with Britain's Mike Conway and Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, has yet to win the French endurance classic but has now twice secured pole position.

Spain's double Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi and Japan's Kazuki Nakajima won last year and again share the number eight Toyota with their eyes also on winning the overall world endurance championship.

Nakajima set their fastest lap, 0.411 slower than Kobayashi, in second place.

Russian Egor Orudzhev secured third spot on the grid for the number 17 non-hybrid SMP Racing car.

The next on-track action will be a Saturday morning warm-up before the start at 1500 local (1300 GMT).

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