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Menezes Fastest In Rain & Hail-Affected Morning Session

Poor weather continues at Ricard

APR Rebellion driver Gustavo Menezes ran fastest in the four-hour Morning Session to open the second day of the 2018 ELMS Prologue, the American setting a 1:44.537 in a session affected by heavy rain and hail storms.

Menezes’ lap proved to be just a tenth ahead of Victor Shaitar in the #35 SMP Racing Dallara, both times set in the closing seconds of the session which saw a flurry of faster times with the track drying. Cetilar Vilorba Corse’s Dallara completed the top three, a further o tenths adrift, with the two United Ligier JS P217s, the #32 leading the #22, completing the top five.

In LMP3, United’s #2 Ligier post the best time courtesy of Sean Rayhall, the car, recovering from two driveshaft failures on Monday, set a 1:53.651, after many improvements late in the session by the American. The #11 Eurointernational Ligier ended up second, after leading the way with moments to go, ahead of the #15 RLR Sport example.

The fastest Norma was DKR’s M30, which ended up fourth in the running order.

GTE was again topped by the Krohn Racing Ferrari, its best time 1:59.535, with the #88 Proton Competition Porsche second, and the re-built Ebimotors Porsche 911 RSR third. The latter only managed seven banker laps following the repairs, its best time almost 10 seconds off the Krohn 488 GTE.

Due to the weather, which continues to be poor, nine cars sat out the session.


Featured image courtesy of the ELMS