LeMans Free practice session: Toyota finish 1-2 at the flag

#8 Toyota blows past a Corvette
#8 Toyota blows past a Corvette

The first four hours of free practice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans are now over, and it was a Toyota 1-2 at the checkered flag, by a wide margin as the fix is in for Alonso to win

Kamui Kobayashi topped the timesheets in Wednesday’s Practice session as cars took to the track for the first time in preparation for the second round of the WEC Super Season.

Toyota Gazoo Racing finished the session on top with a best time of 3:18.718 from Kobayashi in the No.7 TS050 HYBRID, while the No.8 Toyota finished second, 0.055s behind, after a last minute hot lap from Sebastien Buemi.

Rebellion Racing and DragonSpeed were both hot on the heels of the Toyotas with Thomas Laurent in the No.3 Rebellion R13 Gibson in third with a time of 3:19.716

The session was largely uninterrupted despite several cars going off track which caused Slow Zones procedures to be introduced but there were no major incidents.

The first five positions in LMP2 were filled by ORECA chassis, with the Total 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps-winning G-Drive Racing leading the way. Jean-Eric Vergne set the best time with a lap of 3:26.529 in the No.26, ahead of European Le Mans Series entrant IDEC Sport Racing, TDS Racing and DragonSpeed from the WEC.

Porsche 1-2-3 in LMGTE Pro

Porsche dominated the LMGTE Pro class, with Patrick Pilet repeating his performance at the Test Day and setting the fastest lap of all the Porsche GT Team 911 RSRs. The Frenchman’s time of 3:50.121 in the No. 93 Porsche came near the end of the four-hour session, leading the No.92 ‘Pink Pig’ and No.91 in the famous blue and white livery, which were separated by just one hundredth of a second.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s No.66 Ford GT was the best of the rest (Olivier Pla – 3:51.498), with the No.71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE following in fifth.

Dempsey-Proton Racing’s Matteo Cairoli topped the LMGTE Am category with a quickest time of 3:52.903, the No.88 Porsche 911 RSR finishing almost a second ahead of the No.86 Gulf Racing Porsche. Spirit of Race’s Ferrari 488 GTE was third in class, a mere tenth of a second behind.

The first of three qualifying sessions is set to get underway at 22h00 local time. Drivers will be able to use this two-hour session to not only complete their mandatory night laps but also to make a claim for pole position in each of the four different categories.

Results

POS TEAM DRIVER N0. BEST LAP DIF. LAPS CLPos
1 Toyota Gazoo Racing Kazuki Nakajima #8 3:17.270 0.000s 31 1
2 Toyota Gazoo Racing Kamui Kobayashi #7 3:17.377 0.107 33 2
3 Smp Racing Stephane Sarrazin #17 3:19.483 2.213 24 3
4 Rebellion Racing Andre Lotterer #1 3:19.662 2.392 26 4
5 Rebellion Racing Thomas Laurent #3 3:19.945 2.675 27 5
6 Dragonspeed Renger Van Der Zande #10 3:21.110 3.840 13 6
7 Smp Racing Mikhail Aleshin #11 3:21.408 4.138 29 7
8 Bykolles Racing Team Tom Dillmann #4 3:22.505 5.235 24 8
9 Idec Sport Memo Rojas #48 3:24.956 7.686 19 1
10 Tds Racing Matthieu Vaxiviere #28 3:25.240 7.970 26 2
11 Cefc Trsm Racing Charles Robertson #5 3:26.246 8.976 20 9
12 G-Drive Racing Jean-Eric Vergne #26 3:26.447 9.177 29 3
13 Dragonspeed Pastor Maldonado #31 3:26.508 9.238 18 4
14 Signatech Alpine Matmut Andre Negrão #36 3:26.681 9.411 28 5
15 United Autosports Paul Di Resta #22 3:26.772 9.502 24 6
16 Jackie Chan Dc Racing Jazeman Jaafar #37 3:27.468 10.198 26 7
17 Cetilar Villorba Corse Luis Felipe Nasr #47 3:27.993 10.723 28 8
18 Jackie Chan Dc Racing Ho-Pin Tung #38 3:27.999 10.729 27 9
19 Racing Team Nederland Giedo Van Der Garde #29 3:28.556 11.286 30 10
20 Smp Racing Norman Nato #35 3:28.629 11.359 28 11
21 Panis Barthez Competition Timothe Buret #23 3:29.421 12.151 27 12
22 Graff-So24 Vincent Capillaire #39 3:29.860 12.590 29 13
23 Cefc Trsm Racing Oliver Turvey #6 3:30.339 13.069 17 10
24 United Autosports Juan Pablo Montoya #32 3:30.347 13.077 26 14
25 G-Drive Racing James Allen #40 3:31.291 14.021 21 15
26 Eurasia Motorsport Niclas Jönsson #44 3:33.532 16.262 30 16
27 Jackie Chan Dc Racing Côme Ledogar #34 3:33.755 16.485 20 17
28 Jackie Chan Dc Racing Nicholas Boulle #33 3:35.237 17.967 23 18
29 Larbre Competition Thomas Dagoneau #50 3:38.206 20.936 20 19
30 Algarve Pro Racing Mark Patterson #25 3:44.177 26.907 28 20
31 Porsche GT Team Gianmaria Bruni #91 3:47.504 30.234 2 1
32 Porsche GT Team Michael Christensen #92 3:49.097 31.827 23 2
33 Ford Chip Ganassi Team Uk Stefan Mücke #66 3:49.181 31.911 26 3
34 Ford Chip Ganassi Team Usa Joey Hand #68 3:49.582 32.312 22 4
35 AF Corse Alessandro Pier Guidi #51 3:49.854 32.584 26 5
36 Porsche GT Team Timo Bernhard #94 3:50.089 32.819 21 6
37 Porsche GT Team Patrick Pilet #93 3:50.261 32.991 18 7
38 Ford Chip Ganassi Team Uk Andy Priaulx #67 3:50.429 33.159 24 8
39 Bmw Team Mtek Augusto Farfus #82 3:50.579 33.309 24 9
40 Ford Chip Ganassi Team Usa Ryan Briscoe #69 3:50.593 33.323 21 10
41 Bmw Team Mtek Martin Tomczyk #81 3:50.596 33.326 26 11
42 AF Corse Davide Rigon #71 3:50.669 33.399 27 12
43 Dempsey – Proton Racing Matteo Cairoli #88 3:50.728 33.458 25 1
44 Corvette Racing – Gm Mike Rockenfeller #63 3:50.789 33.519 23 13
45 Corvette Racing – Gm Marcel Fässler #64 3:50.952 33.682 27 14
46 Dempsey – Proton Racing Julien Andlauer #77 3:51.930 34.660 23 2
47 Af Corse Antonio Giovinazzi #52 3:52.112 34.842 27 15
48 Aston Martin Racing Jonathan Adam #97 3:52.486 35.216 26 16
49 Gulf Racing Benjamin Barker #86 3:52.517 35.247 24 3
50 Spirit Of Race Francesco Castellacci #54 3:52.756 35.486 27 4
51 Team Project 1 Egidio Perfetti #56 3:52.985 35.715 19 5
52 Keating Motorsports Luca Stolz #85 3:54.000 36.730 18 6
53 Aston Martin Racing Paul Dalla Lana #98 3:54.307 37.037 26 7
54 JMW Motorsport Jeffrey Segal #84 3:54.384 37.114 24 8
55 Aston Martin Racing Marco Sørensen #95 3:54.780 37.510 26 17
56 Mr Racing Edward Cheever #70 3:54.951 37.681 26 9
57 Clearwater Racing Matthew Griffin #61 3:55.076 37.806 28 10
58 Ebimotors Fabio Babini #80 3:55.569 38.299 21 11
59 Tf Sport Salih Yoluc #90 3:55.661 38.391 21 12
60 Proton Competition Pappas Timothy #99 4:03.107 45.837 12 13

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