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ELMS introduce Bronze driver session, SMP Ferrari fastest in first GT3 session

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Friday Morning saw track action for all of the four Championships here this weekend with the early morning sunshine giving way to increasing cloud cover as the morning progressed.

Free Practice for the Renault Sport Trophy RS.01s was followed by the first 30 minute Bronze Driver test for the ELMS entrants, 31 of the 38 cars venturing out on track though the #15 RLR Ligier was into the Gravel at T5 on its out lap, the red flag proved necessary for the recovery of Steve Warburton and the car took no further part in proceedings.

Mike Guasch did not set a flying lap time in the #2 United Autosports Ligier but completed five ‘out-in’ cycles.

Fastest in the GTE order was Pierguiseppe Perrazzini with a 1:32.5 in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari.

Marco Jacobini topped the LMP3 times in the #11 EuroInternational Ligier with a 1:27.3, third fastest overall whilst Michael Munemann topped the times in the #25 Algarve Pro Ligier Nissan JSP2 with a 1:25.640

By comparison the fastest of the Renault RS.01s were faster than all but the very fastest of the LMPs in the Bronze test!

The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup entry is down to 11 with the Scuderia Villorba Corse Ferrari 458 a no-show this weekend.

There’s a change in the driver line-up for the FFF Lamborghini Huracan with Taiyou Iida joining team owner Andrea Caldarelli in the #5 Huracan GT3

The session saw Viktor Shaitar the fastest man on track in the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari 488 GT3, the Road to Le Mans winning car looking strong again here this weekend.