Le Mans, France - Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima put the Toyota he shares with double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso on provisional pole for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Nakajima lapped the dry Sarthe circuit with a fastest time of three minutes 17.270 seconds in the first two-hour night-time qualifying session on Wednesday night.
Toyota, now the only major manufacturer entered in the top LMP1 category after champion Porsche quit, has only itself to beat but can take nothing for granted after losing out in 2017 due to unreliability.
The Japanese team is seeking its first win at the 20th attempt to become only the second Japanese marque after Mazda to triumph in the endurance classic.
The number eight TS050 hybrid of Nakajima, Alonso and Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi was followed on the timesheets by the number seven car of Japan's Kamui Kobayashi, Britain's Mike Conway and Argentina's Jose Maria Lopez.