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G-Drive Racing Tops Interrupted FP2

TF Sport on top in LMGTE

The second free practice session was delayed and shortened because of early morning heavy fog. Once it got underway, the G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed ORECA set the pace, courtesy of Ryo Hirakawa.

In LMP2, Felipe Albuquerque in the #32 United Autosport Ligier JSP217 improved yesterday’s fastest lap time early on in the session by clocking a 2:03.605 lap. Though Ryo Hirakawa in the #22 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson then took over the lead by lapping over half a second quicker than the Portuguese (2:03.058). He stayed on top of the time sheets until the end of the session, ahead of the #40 GRAFF Oreca 07 Gibson (2:03.579) despite this car colliding in the morning with the #11 Eurointernational Ligier JSP3. The #32 ultimately finished third in the LMP2 category (2:03.605).

The fastest Dallara was the #49 High Class Racing driven by Dennis Andersen and Anders Fjordbach (2:06.126). This car had an accident in the morning with the #19 YMR Ligier JSP3 of Neale Muston, who was subsequently reported for dangerous driving.

In LMP3, the #10 Oregon Team Norma M30 had a hectic time. A few minutes after the green light, the car got off track at Turn 14. This triggered a first full course yellow episode. Only 10 minutes later, the Norma lost oil in that same corner and was parked temporarily. This event interrupted the session a second time. Once the car was repaired, Andres Mendez set fastest lap (2:17.327). But in the final minutes of the session, Wayne Boyd in the #3 United Autosport Ligier JSP3 set the class-leading time (2:15.781) ahead of the #10 Norma and the #13 Inter Europe Competition Ligier JSP3 (2:17.454).

Meanwhile in LMGTE, Aaron Scott in the #55 Spirit Of Race Ferrari F488 GTE topped the session early on with a 2:19.204. Then, just minutes before the checkered flag, Nicki Thiim clocked a 2:17.901 and improved on yesterday’s fastest LMGTE lap by thirty thousands of a second for TF Sport.

The #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari was second (2:18.951). Taking the final podium position in the category was a third Ferrari, the #51 Spirit Of Race Ferrari F488 GTE (2:18.958).