DKR Engineering’s Jean Glorieux ran fastest in the opening free practice session of the Paul Ricard weekend, with a 2:04.389 in the team’s Norma M30, just shy of four tenths faster than the rest of the field. Glorieux completed 22 laps of the circuit in the session, in which his teammate Alexander Toril didn’t head out on track.
Behind, Peter Kox put the Kox Racing Ligier JS P3 second fastest on the screens with a 2:04.784, ahead of the Nielsen Racing Ligier of Colin Noble and Anthony Wells which completed the top three after Noble’s 2:05.047.
Just shy of the leading trio, Alex Kapadia got RLR MSport off to a fast start, the Britain just two hundredths off the Nielsen Ligier. The N’Race JS P3 rounded out the top five in the 15-car LMP3 class.
In GT3, Phil Keen in the Lee Mowle Motorsport Mercedes AMG GT3 led the way, Keen reeling off a 2:07.157. His time was six tenths quicker than the other four runners in the class. Joe Osborne put Optimum Motorsport second in GT3 with a 2:07.820 in the team’s Audi R8. Steeve Hiesse put the SVC Lamborghini third.
There was only one notable incident in the session, which brought out the red flags. The stoppage was for the #55 Spirit of Race Ligier of Claudio Sdanewitsch, the German had been into the barriers backwards, damaging the rear-end of the car.
Photo courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography