Graff’s #39 Oreca 07 ran fastest in the final test session of the 2017 ELMS Prologue this afternoon, with Enzo Guibbert setting a 1:36.839 to book-end the event and put the French team top. The performance also concluded a successful two days for the Graff team, that’s new to the LMP2 class this year, which saw both its cars set fastest times across the five timed on-track sessions.
The #22 G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed Oreca meanwhile finished the day second fastest with a 1:37.096, 1.1 seconds clear of the nearest challenger – the Algarve Pro Ligier which completed 73 laps, the most of any runner in the session.
Behind it was a familiar story, with the second Graff Oreca fourth with a 1:38.016 and the #21 DragonSpeed Oreca of Henrik Hedman, Leo Roussel and Nicolas Lapierre fifth. Both cars again proved to be consistently fast; though the times here, as always at a test, can’t be considered anything more than a vague indicator.
In LMP3, Panis Barthez Competition’s Ligier JS P3 ended up setting the fastest time for the first and only time of the two-day test, with Simon Gachet reeling off a 1:46.672, two hundredths quicker than the #11 Eurointernational Ligier which ended up second.
The #9 AT Racing JS P3 also ran well in the session, coming in third fastest after 68 laps of the Autodromo with a best time of 1:46.763.
Elsewhere in the class the United Autosports crew managed to get its #24 car out again after James McGuire’s incident in the morning running; the prototype completing 13 tours of the circuit.
In the GTE ranks the Spirit of Race Ferraris finished up atop the times, with the #55 of Duncan Cameron, Aaron Scott and Matt Griffin headlining the pair after a 1:50.041 lap which was five tenths faster.
Third, and making it a Ferrari 1-2-3 in the session was JMW Motorsport’s 458 GTE less than a tenth further back.
During the three-hour session the #88 Proton Competition Porsche didn’t leave the pit lane, nor did the TF Sport Aston Martin which was withdrawn after the team failed to source parts to repair the car in time. Beechdean’s Aston Martin meanwhile only completed a short seven-lap stint once again, this time to bed in brakes.