McLaren Formula 1 test and development driver Oliver Turvey claimed pole position on his prototype debut for the opening round of the European Le Mans Series with a 1m48.032s lap aboard the Jota Sport Zytek-Nissan Z11SN. That time put him eight tenths of a second ahead of Brendon Hartley in the Murphy Prototypes ORECA-Nissan 03.
Third place went to Nelson Panciatici in the Signatech Alpine ORECA-Nissan with a time a further two tenths back on Hartley.
Pole in the GTE class was claimed by the new Ram Racing Ferrari team and Johnny Mowlem. The Briton, who shares the fastest of the two Ram Ferrari 458 Italias with Matt Griffin, set a pole mark of 2m02.358s, which put him three tenths of a second ahead of Nick Tandy in the Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3-RSR.
Formula Renault graduate Paul-Loup Chatin was fastest in the LMPC class for the one-make Formula Le Mans ORECA-Chevrolet FLM09 prototypes, while Porsche Supercup race winner Kuba Giermaziak set pole in the GTC class for GT3 cars aboard the Momo Megatron DF1 Audi R8 LMS.