The first session of Thursday evening qualifying was suspended after heavy impact with the barriers for Erik Maris in the #33 Eurasia Motorsport Ligier. The car took to the tyre wall on the exit of the first Mulsanne Chicane, with the Eurasia Motorsport Ligier making heavy impact with the Armco. The session was immediately red flagged, with Race Control reporting that Maris had been taken to the medical centre as a precaution.
The barriers had evidently taken quite a battering from Maris’s impact, and while news was awaited of his condition, Race Control announced that track activity would not re-commence until 20:15. In the end, the pitlane re-opened at ten-past eight, and the session resumed.
Please follow this link to the Thursday First Qualifying Report for a full account of the evening’s opening session.