Le Mans: Glickenhaus tops Wednesday night practice

Less than two hours after the checkered flag signalled the end of qualifying, most of the entries for the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans returned to the track at 22:00 CET for the second free practice. The purpose of this two-hour session is to give drivers valuable time at the wheel in night-time conditions and for pit crews to carry out further adjustments to the settings in preparation for the big race on 11-12 June.

The brief shower that hampered qualifying earlier in the evening was just a bad memory as darkness descended on the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans. With pit lights shining brightly , over fifty of the 62-strong field headed out for the day’s final two hours of drive time.

The #45 Oreca 07-Gibson of Algarve Pro Racing, badly damaged in the latter stages of the first free practice session following a crash in the Porsche Curves, again sat out after missing qualifying. The team’s mechanics were planning to rebuild the car in time for tomorrow’s practices. This was also the case of the #93 Porsche LMGTE Am entry that crashed in qualifying with Michael Fassbender at the wheel.

Brendon Hartley at the wheel of the #8 Toyota GR010-Hybrid was the first to dip under the 3:30 barrier on his third lap, shortly followed by Romain Dumas in the #708 Glickenhaus 007 LMH (3:28.900). However, Hartley subsequently had an encounter with the Mulsanne Corner gravel for the second time of the day after his run-off during qualifying.

Team WRT and United Autosports resumed battle at the top of the LMP2 timesheets with the #22 Oreca taking an early advantage, before the Belgian team’s #31 machine took over on its ninth lap. AF Corse mechanics spent most of the first hour of the session working on the gearbox of the #27 Oreca.  Meanwhile, Inter Europol Competition’s #43 prototype suffered a broken suspension that put an early end to Fabio Scherer’s evening.

Corvette Racing once again featured strongly in the LMGTE Pro field with Nicky Catsburg (#63) leading early on from Tommy Milner (#64). The yellow mid-engined C8.Rs have performed solidly all day. Nonetheless, the #91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 subsequently moved up the standings to split the pair of American machines.
The two Team Project 1 Porsches (#46 and 56) battled gamely with the #98 Aston Martin of Northwest AMR in the first hour, before Jan Heylen in the #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche captured the second-best time in the closing stages.

Practice 2 Results

POS TEAM / DRIVERS No. CAR LAPS TIME BEHIND GAP
1ST
GLICKENHAUS RACING
PLA O. DUMAS R. DERANI L.
#708
Glickenhaus 007 LMH 30 3:28.900
2ND
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING
CONWAY M. KOBAYASHI K. LOPEZ J.
#7
Toyota GR010 HYBRID 31 3:29.164 +0.264 +0.264
3RD
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING
BUEMI S. HARTLEY B. HIRAKAWA R.
#8
Toyota GR010 HYBRID 31 3:29.248 +0.348 +0.084
4TH
GLICKENHAUS RACING
BRISCOE R. WESTBROOK R. MAILLEUX F.
#709
Glickenhaus 007 LMH 29 3:31.440 +2.540 +2.192
5TH
ALPINE ELF TEAM
NEGRÃO A. LAPIERRE N. VAXIVIERE M.
#36
Alpine A480 - Gibson 29 3:32.592 +3.692 +1.152
6TH
TEAM WRT
GELAEL S. FRIJNS R. RAST R.
#31
Oreca 07 - Gibson 31 3:33.119 +4.219 +0.527
7TH
UNITED AUTOSPORTS USA
HANSON P. ALBUQUERQUE F. OWEN W.
#22
Oreca 07 - Gibson 27 3:33.382 +4.482 +0.263
8TH
TEAM WRT
INEICHEN R. BORTOLOTTI M. VANTHOOR D.
#32
Oreca 07 - Gibson 30 3:33.399 +4.499 +0.017
9TH
COOL RACING
YE Y. TAYLOR R. KRUETTEN N.
#37
Oreca 07 - Gibson 27 3:33.473 +4.573 +0.074
10TH
PREMA ORLEN TEAM
KUBICA R. DELETRAZ L. COLOMBO L.
#9
Oreca 07 - Gibson 29 3:33.559 +4.659 +0.086
11TH
REALTEAM BY WRT
ANDRADE R. HABSBURG F. NATO N.
#41
Oreca 07 - Gibson 31 3:33.641 +4.741 +0.082
12TH
RICHARD MILLE RACING TEAM
WADOUX L. OGIER S. MILESI C.
#1
Oreca 07 - Gibson 25 3:33.692 +4.792 +0.051
13TH
ALGARVE PRO RACING
FLOERSCH S. FALB J. AITKEN J.
#47
Oreca 07 - Gibson 27 3:33.785 +4.885 +0.093
14TH
IDEC SPORT
LAFARGUE P. CHATIN P. PILET P.
#48
Oreca 07 - Gibson 19 3:34.115 +5.215 +0.330
15TH
TDS RACING X VAILLANTE
CIMADOMO P. BECHE M. VAN DER HELM T.
#13
Oreca 07 - Gibson 27 3:34.270 +5.370 +0.155
16TH
NIELSEN RACING
SALES R. BELL M. HANLEY B.
#24
Oreca 07 - Gibson 24 3:34.589 +5.689 +0.319
17TH
TEAM PENSKE
CAMERON D. COLLARD E. NASR F.
#5
Oreca 07 - Gibson 26 3:34.645 +5.745 +0.056
18TH
JOTA
GONZALEZ R. FELIX DA COSTA A. STEVENS W.
#38
Oreca 07 - Gibson 30 3:34.773 +5.873 +0.128
19TH
INTER EUROPOL COMPETITION
HEINEMEIER-HANSSON D. SCHERER F. FITTIPALDI P.
#43
Oreca 07 - Gibson 15 3:34.793 +5.893 +0.020
20TH
ARC BRATISLAVA
KONOPKA M. VISCAAL B. VAUTIER T.
#44
Oreca 07 - Gibson 29 3:34.804 +5.904 +0.011
21ST
INTER EUROPOL COMPETITION
SMIECHOWSKI J. BRUNDLE A. GUTIERREZ E.
#34
Oreca 07 - Gibson 27 3:34.957 +6.057 +0.153
22ND
PANIS RACING
CANAL J. JAMIN N. VAN UITERT J.
#65
Oreca 07 - Gibson 28 3:34.971 +6.071 +0.014
23RD
DKR ENGINEERING
HORR L. GLORIEUX J. COUGNAUD A.
#3
Oreca 07 - Gibson 27 3:35.133 +6.233 +0.162
24TH
AF CORSE
PERRODO F. NIELSEN N. ROVERA A.
#83
Oreca 07 - Gibson 17 3:35.313 +6.413 +0.180
25TH
JOTA
RASMUSSEN O. JONES E. ABERDEIN J.
#28
Oreca 07 - Gibson 30 3:35.314 +6.414 +0.001
26TH
UNITED AUTOSPORTS USA
LYNN A. JARVIS O. PIERSON J.
#23
Oreca 07 - Gibson 30 3:35.362 +6.462 +0.048
27TH
DUQUEINE TEAM
BRADLEY R. ROJAS G. DE GERUS R.
#30
Oreca 07 - Gibson 27 3:35.383 +6.483 +0.021
28TH
VECTOR SPORT
MULLER N. CULLEN R. BOURDAIS S.
#10
Oreca 07 - Gibson 23 3:35.711 +6.811 +0.328
29TH
ULTIMATE
LAHAYE J. LAHAYE M. HERIAU F.
#35
Oreca 07 - Gibson 29 3:37.960 +9.060 +2.249
30TH
GRAFF RACING
TROUILLET E. PAGE S. DROUX D.
#39
Oreca 07 - Gibson 27 3:39.269 +10.369 +1.309
31ST
CD SPORT
CRESP C. JENSEN M. PALETTE S.
#27
Ligier JSP217 - Gibson 24 3:40.964 +12.064 +1.695
32ND
CORVETTE RACING
GARCIA A. TAYLOR J. CATSBURG N.
#63
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 26 3:53.492 +24.592 +12.528
33RD
PORSCHE GT TEAM
BRUNI G. LIETZ R. MAKOWIECKI F.
#91
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 25 3:53.669 +24.769 +0.177
34TH
CORVETTE RACING
MILNER T. TANDY N. SIMS A.
#64
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 23 3:53.699 +24.799 +0.030
35TH
RILEY MOTORSPORTS
FRAGA F. BIRD S. VAN GISBERGEN S.
#74
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 16 3:54.019 +25.119 +0.320
36TH
PORSCHE GT TEAM
CHRISTENSEN M. ESTRE K. VANTHOOR L.
#92
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 23 3:54.158 +25.258 +0.139
37TH
AF CORSE
MOLINA M. FUOCO A. RIGON D.
#52
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 27 3:54.925 +26.025 +0.767
38TH
AF CORSE
PIER GUIDI A. CALADO J. SERRA D.
#51
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 26 3:55.143 +26.243 +0.218
39TH
TEAM PROJECT 1
CAIROLI M. PEDERSEN M. LEUTWILER N.
#46
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 26 3:55.629 +26.729 +0.486
40TH
DEMPSEY – PROTON RACING
POORDAD F. ROOT M. HEYLEN J.
#88
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 27 3:55.729 +26.829 +0.100
41ST
NORTHWEST AMR
DALLA LANA P. PITTARD D. THIIM N.
#98
Aston Martin VANTAGE AMR 28 3:55.941 +27.041 +0.212
42ND
IRON DAMES
FREY R. GATTING M. BOVY S.
#85
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 26 3:55.999 +27.099 +0.058
43RD
D’STATION RACING
HOSHINO S. FUJII T. FAGG C.
#777
Aston Martin VANTAGE AMR 28 3:56.035 +27.135 +0.036
44TH
AF CORSE
FLOHR T. CASTELLACCI F. CASSIDY N.
#54
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 28 3:56.108 +27.208 +0.073
45TH
TEAM PROJECT 1
IRIBE B. MILLROY O. BARNICOAT B.
#56
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 21 3:56.151 +27.251 +0.043
46TH
DEMPSEY – PROTON RACING
RIED C. PRIAULX S. TINCKNELL H.
#77
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 20 3:56.257 +27.357 +0.106
47TH
IRON LYNX
SCHIAVONI C. BALZAN A. GIANMARIA R.
#60
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 23 3:56.470 +27.570 +0.213
48TH
KESSEL RACING
KIMURA T. SCHANDORFF F. JENSEN M.
#57
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 26 3:56.505 +27.605 +0.035
49TH
HARDPOINT MOTORSPORT
HARYANTO A. PICARIELLO A. RUMP M.
#99
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 27 3:56.536 +27.636 +0.031
50TH
IRON LYNX
CRESSONI M. FISICHELLA G. HEISTAND R.
#80
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 27 3:56.560 +27.660 +0.024
51ST
TF SPORT
KEATING B.¬†CHAVES H.¬†S√ėRENSEN M.
#33
Aston Martin VANTAGE AMR 27 3:56.637 +27.737 +0.077
52ND
AF CORSE
MANN S. ULRICH C. VILANDER T.
#21
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 27 3:56.679 +27.779 +0.042
53RD
WEATHER TECH RACING
MACNEIL C. ANDLAUER J. MERRILL T.
#79
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 26 3:56.780 +27.880 +0.101
54TH
IRON LYNX
EHRET P. HOOK C. VARRONE N.
#75
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 24 3:56.935 +28.035 +0.155
55TH
SPIRIT OF RACE
CAMERON D. GRIFFIN M. PEREL D.
#55
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 27 3:57.165 +28.265 +0.230
56TH
SPIRIT OF RACE
DEZOTEUX F. RAGUES P. AUBRY G.
#71
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 27 3:57.456 +28.556 +0.291
57TH
GR RACING
WAINWRIGHT M. PERA R. BARKER B.
#86
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 16 3:57.640 +28.740 +0.184
58TH
AF CORSE
PRETTE L. GRUNEWALD C. ABRIL V.
#61
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 17 3:57.652 +28.752 +0.012
59TH
INCEPTION RACING
WEST A. LEDOGAR C. KLEIN M.
#59
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 24 3:57.961 +29.061 +0.309
60TH
JMW MOTORSPORT
VAN DER ZANDE R. KVAMME M. HART J.
#66
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo 26 4:00.566 +31.666 +2.605
61ST
ALGARVE PRO RACING
THOMAS S. ALLEN J. BINDER R.
#45
Oreca 07 - Gibson 0
62ND
PROTON COMPETITION
FASSBENDER M. CAMPBELL M. ROBICHON Z.
#93
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 0