The first Friday test session saw the LMP2s, LMP3s and the solo CN car out on track and it was the little #66 CN class Ligier car that brought out a red flag after a mechanical issue dropped oil.
With Algarve Pro still prepping their Ligier LMP2s after their delay in clearing customs the LMP2 stakes were between the Judd engined Oreca 03R of Race Performance and the Nissan engined Jackie Chan DC Racing car.
It was the Nissan engined car on top, and by a distance with the #35 car putting in a 1:30.751 in late in the session, Gustavo Menezes at the wheel at the end of the session after Ho Pin Tung had concentrated on set-up, this the first time since the end of last year when Menezes tested the Signatech Alpine version of the car after the Bahrain WEC race. The Race Performance team were dialling themselves in, Struan Moore with a 1:34.0 behind the leading trio of LMP3s.
The #99 Wineurasia Ligier led the P3 standings and was second fastest overall, a 1:32.547 from Richard Bradley, 3 tenths ahead of Nigel Moore in the #26 Tockwith Ligier with the #1 Jackie Chan DC Racing JSP3 a further 1.3 seconds off but making it a Ligier 1,2,3.
Best of the rest was the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta in the 1:34s, though in Charlie Robertson’s hands earlier this week the car has been into the 1:32s.
The #4 ARC Bratislava car was out in the session in the hands of Miro Konopka, but did not show on timing, the team running the spare chassis today we believe.
In the GT session 12 of the 15 cars entered ran during the session with 2.6 seconds covering the pack.
The Ferrari 488s dominated the session, all five top positions in the hands of the Prancing Horses with the #3 DH Racing car quickest, a 1:34.582 almost half a second up on the team #5 car with the #38 Spirit of Race car a mere 8 thousandths back
35 LMP2 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03-R Nissan 1:30.751
99 LMP3 Wineurasia Ligier JS P3 1:32.547
26 LMP3 Tockwith Motorsports Ligier JS P3 1:32.855
1 LMP3 Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JS P3 1:33.685
8 LMP2 Race Performance Oreca Judd 03-R 1:34.025
67 LMP3 PRT Racing Ginetta G57 P3 1:34.106
69 LMP3 Aylezo Ecotint Racing Ginetta G57 P3 1:34.336
48 LMP3 PS Racing Adess 03 1:36.907
68 CN PS Racing Ligier JS53 1:40.515
4 LMP3 ARC Bratislava Ginetta G57 P3 No time
7 LMP3 ARC Bratislava Ginetta G57 P3 No time
24 LMP2 Algarve Pro Ligier Judd JS P2 No time
25 LMP2 Algarve Pro Ligier Nissan JS P2 No time
85 G-Print by Triple One Racing Ligier JS P3 No time
3 DH Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 1:34.582
5 DH Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 1:35.049
38 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 1:35.057
37 Team BBT Ferrari 488 GT3 1:35.278
61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 1:35.424
90 Team AAI BMW M6 GT3 1:35.585
91 Team AAI McLaren 650S GT3 1:36.152
88 Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3 1:36.284
6 VS Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1:36.482
86 OD Racing McLaren 650S GT3 1:36.484
51 KCMG Audi R8 LMS GT3 1:37.069
92 Team AAI Mercedes Benz AMG GT3 1:37.198
2 Absolute Racing Audi R8 GT3 No time
10 FFF Racing by ACM Lamborghini Huracan GT3 No time
66 TianShi racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra No time