LeMans 24 began with Toyota on the poll. The operative term is "Began." Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 17, 2017 Toyota Gazoo Racing began this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours from the pole after Kamui Kobayashi beat the circuit’s all-time lap record during Thursday night’s qualifying session. The Toyota TS050 LMP1 Hybrid Race Car posted a time of 3-min 14.791 sec, slicing more than two seconds off the previous record for the track in its current configuration. Driving the No7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, Kamui Kobayashi achieved an average speed of 156.471mph – faster than any other car in the 94-year history of the race. It was an all-Toyota front row race start, with the No8 car of Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima lining up in second, thanks to a time set by Nakajima during the last of the three qualifying sessions. The rival Porsche team claimed third and fourth places on the grid, with the third Toyota, the No9 car of Nicolas Lapierre, Yuji Kunimoto and José María López will start from fifth after Lapierre posted its quickest time early in the final qualifying session. Qualifying results – LMP1 class No7 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - Kobayashi/Conway/Sarrazin 3min and 14.791sec No8 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima +2.337sec No1 - Porsche - Jani/Lotterer/Tandy +2.488sec No2 - Porsche - Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley +3.276sec No9 - Toyota Gazoo Racing - Lapierre/Kunimoto/López +3.834sec No4 - ByKolles - Webb/Kraihamer.Bonanomi +9.379sec With that out of the way, the race is 12-hours in and the three Toyota’s have run into gremlins yet again. For those that remember last year, Toyota was leading into the final lap of the 24 Hour classic and broke allowing Porsche to take the win. After 10-hours of racing, Toyota’s chances of winning the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is not going to happen. The No. 9 Toyota got damage from a piece of debris on Lap 1 and had to pit after its door wedged open in the fourth hour. In hour 8, the No. 8 Toyota came into the pits with smoke billowing out of it due to a front motor issue. And finally, the No. 7 Toyota while leading the 60-car field for the first 10 hours failed to get going on a restart due to a suspected clutch issue. Kobayashi was driving at the time and unable to bring it home to the pits… Another tough go of it for the FIA-WEC OEM Champions that just cannot seem to get out of the way of their Le Mans 24-hours curse.