The final Free Practice session of the meeting here before this evening’s qualifying session saw the Audis top the times, as first Tom Kristensen and then Loic Duval put the #1 R18 e-tron quattro at the top of the order, Duval’s 1:49.480 the fastest of the weekend so far on a track with a full dry line but apparently with plenty of marbles off line with a packed track schedule here for the weekend.
Marcel Fassler was second fastest in the #2 Audi and Anthony Davidson put the #8 Toyota third fastest , over a second back from the #1 R18.
Off the pace and in trouble early in the session was the #9 Lotus, the car pushed back to the garage, gearbox trouble we hear, and that could be a serious issue with no spare available.
There’s no information available meanwhile about the ‘CLM’ badging on the car
LMP2 saw Olivier Pla fastest again in the #26 Ligier (1:56.601), well clear of the mark set by either Richard Bradley (#47 KCMG Oreca Nissan) or Ryan Dalziel (#30 ESM Honda)
In GTE it was a story of Aston Martins to the fore again, though this time it was the #99 GTE Pro car fastest, Fernando Rees putting in a 2:05.382, Stefan Mucke later popping up second fastest in class with a time just 4 hundredths ‘slower’. Gimmi Bruni ran the Astons close but finished the session third fastest in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari.
The GTE Am runners were again headed by an Aston Martin, this time it was Pedro Lamy in the #98 Vantage that topped the times with Paulo Ruberti second fastest in the #90 8Star 458 and Richie Stanaway third fastest in the #95 Aston.