So with 8 hours of running completed we are starting to get an idea of how the teams may perform in 10 days time. Topping the timing sheets were the 3 Toyotas with Kamui Kobayashi with an 03:18.132, over a second quicker than last years pole time of the Porsche of Neel Yani. Next were the Toyotas of Davidson and Lapierre, the Porsche of Bernhard was next up in 4th with a 3:21.512.
The LMP2 class was in short a revelation, drivers prior to the test had said how fast these cost capped car were this year, and they were not wrong clocking a top speed of 341 kmh in the speed trap - the fastest LMP1 hybrid was some 10 kmh off this speed!
Pierre Ragues in the Signatech Alpine topped the timing sheet in LMP2 with a lap time of 3:28.146 and the next 5 cars were all within a second, this confirming that this class is going to be very close.
Corvette and Porsche spent the afternoon swapping the lead, and at the drop of the flag Oli Gavin topped the sheet with a 3:54.701 with the 2 factory Porsche GT's behind by .3 of a second. The team of the #64 car had also completed an engine change in 1 hour and 34 mins during the session, quicker than a Kwik Fit Fitter?!
But by far the closest class was the GTE AM with the top 10 covered by 1 second, being lead by Pedro Lamy in the Aston Martin with a 3:58.250. The Clearwater Racing number 61 came in 10th in class, only 1 second off the pace whilst the second car number 60 finished in there matching position number.
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