Flooding rain washes out final qualifying

FLOODING rains ended any chance of a change to the starting order for the 84th running of the Le Mans 24-hour sports car classic.

Much of the final qualifying session on Friday night was red flagged with cars sent to their pit garages during a torrential downpour that even had the safety car driver, former F1 racer Yannick Dalmas, fighting to control his Audi R8 quattro road car.

Neel Jani had no need to defend the Porsche pole position he set on Thursday night, although all six of the factory-backed contenders for victory — two Porsches, two Toyotas and two Audis — ran a few exploratory laps when the track was reopened for a final 15 minutes of running.

THE GRID - 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans

1. (2) Jani/Dumas/Lieb (Porsche, LMP1) 3m19.733s

2. (1) Webber/Bernhard/Hartley (Porsche, LMP1) +0.470s

3. (6) Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi (Toyota, LMP1) +1.004s

4. (5) Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima (Toyota, LMP1) +2.170s

5. (7) Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi, LMP1) +2.733s

6. (8) Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis (Audi, LMP1) +3.047s

7. (13) Tuscher/Imperatori/Kraihamer (Rebellion-AER, LMP1) +6.853s

8. (12) Prost/Heidfeld/Piquet Jr (Rebellion-AER, LMP1) +7.615s

9. (4) Trummer/Webb/Kaffer (CLM-AER, LMP1) +14.435s

10. (26) Rusinov/Stevens/Rast (Oreca-Nissan, LMP2) +16.872s

11. (35) Cheng/Tung/Panciatici (Alpine-Nissan, LMP2) +17.442s

12. (36) Menezes/Lapierre/Richelmi (Alpine-Nissan, LMP2) +17.492s

13. (44) Graves/Rao/Merhi (Oreca-Nissan, LMP2) +18.304s

14. (49) Pew/Negri Jr/Vanthoor (Ligier-Honda, LMP2) +19.104s

15. (31) Dalziel/Derani/Cumming (Ligier-Nissan, LMP2) +19.633s

16. (46) Thiriet/Beche/Hirakawa (Oreca-Nissan, LMP2) +19.642s

17. (42) Leventis/Watts/Kane (Gibson-Nissan, LMP2) +19.661s

18. (47) Matsuda/Howson/Bradley (Oreca-Nissan, LMP2) +19.703s

19. (23) Barthez/Chatin/Buret (Ligier-Nissan, LMP2) +19.737s

20. (33) Junjin/Gommendy/De Bruijn (Oreca-Nissan, LMP2) +20.898s

21. (38) Dolan/Dennis/Van der Garde (Gibson-Nissan, LMP2) +20.952s

22. (43) Gonzalez/Senna/Albuquerque (Ligier-Nissan, LMP2) +21.166s

23. (27) Minassian/Mediani/Aleshin (BR01-Nissan, LMP2) +21.399s

24. (28) Taittinger/Striebig/Roussel (Morgan-Nissan, LMP2) +21.552s

25. (30) Sharp/Brown/Overbeek (Ligier-Nissan, LMP2) +21.673s

26. (37) Petrov/Shaytar/Ladygin (BR01-Nissan, LMP2) +20.043s

27. (25) Munemann/Hoy/Pizzitola (Ligier-Nissan, LMP2) +22.355s

28. (41) Rojas/Canal/Berthon (Ligier-Nissan, LMP2) +22.837s

29. (48) Keating/Bleekemolen/Goosens (Oreca-Nissan, LMP2) +23.775s

30. (34) Leutwiler/Nakano/Winslow (Oreca-Judd, LMP2) +23.857s

31. (22) Capillaire/Maris/Coleman (Ligier-Judd, LMP2) +24.614s

32. (84) Sausset/Tinseau/Bouvet (Morgan-Nissan, CNDT) +25.445s

33. (40) Krohn/Jonsson/Barbosa (Ligier-Nissan, LMP2) +25.480s

34. (68) Hand/Muller/Bourdais (Ford, GT PRO) +31.452s

35. (69) Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon (Ford, GT PRO) +31.764s

36. (51) Bruni/Calado/Guidi (Ferrari, GT PRO) +31.835s

37. (67) Franchitti/Priaulx/Tincknell (Ford, GT PRO) +31.857s

38. (66) Pla/Mucke/Johnson (Ford, GT PRO) +32.305s

39. (71) Rigon/Bird/Bertolini (Ferrari, GT PRO) +32.775s

40. (82) Fisichella/Vilander/Malucelli (Ferrari, GT PRO) +33.443s

41. (92) Makowiecki/Bamber/Bergmeister (Porsche, GT PRO) +35.185s

42. (95) Thiim/Sorensen/Turner (Aston Martin, GT PRO) +35.528s

43. (91) Pilet/Estre/Tandy (Porsche, GT PRO) +35.599s

44. (97) Stanaway/Rees/Adam (Aston Martin, GT PRO) +35.647s

45. (77) Lietz/Christensen/Eng (Porsche, GT PRO) +35.693s

46. (64) Gavin/Milner/Taylor (Corvette, GT PRO) +36.115s

47. (61) Mok/Sawa/Bell (Ferrari, GT AM) +37.094s

48. (98) Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (Aston Martin, GT AM) +37.465s

49. (88) Al Qubaisi/Hansson/Long (Porsche, GT AM) +37.780s

50. (55) Cameron/Griffin/Scott (Ferrari, GT AM) +37.863s

51. (83) Perrodo/Collard/Aguas (Ferrari, GT AM) +38.009s

52. (63) Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor (Corvette, GT PRO) +38.234s

53. (50) Yamagishi/Ragues/Belloc (Corvette, GT AM) +38.285s

54. (60) Laursen/Mac/Nielsen (Ferrari, GT AM) +39.027s

55. (78) Ried/Henzler/Camathias (Porsche, GT AM) +39.301s

56. (62) Sweedler/Bell/Segal (Ferrari, GT AM) +40.275s

57. (89) MacNiel/Keen/Miller (Porsche, GT AM) +40.374s

58. (86) Wainwright/Carroll/Barker (Porsche, GT AM) +41.313s

59. (57) O’Connell/Bryant/Patterson (Corvette, GT AM) +42.593s

60. (99) Howard/Griffin/Hirsch (Aston Martin, GT AM) +43.415s