Russian outfit SMP Racing’s #35 Dallara P217 topped the final 2018 ELMS Prologue session this afternoon, its car managing a 1:47.824, in what was another test affected by heavy rain.
The car’s best lap was a 1:47.824 by Egor Orudzhev, 1.4 seconds faster than the nearest car in the LMP2 class, but seven seconds off the fastest time of the week achieved by AVF’s Henrique Chaves in yesterday’s Night Session.
Second fastest of the bunch was ex-F1 driver Will Stevens in the #23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P217, his time a 1:49.301; the team the fastest of the Michelin runners. Less than a tenth behind was the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA, Alexandre Imperatori making it three chassis manufacturers in the top three.
Behind, Duqueine Engineering’s new ORECA slotted in fourth, ahead of High Class Racing’s Dallara in fifth.
In LMP3, AT Racing topped the times in the session which saw Ligier JS P3s end up finishing in the top five spots. The Austrian team’s fastest time was set by Alex Talkanista, a 1:58.690. Completing the top three was the #13 InterEuropol Competition Ligier, and #3 United Autosports example.
Finishing up the session fourth was the #5 By Speed Factory car, which ended up fourth fastest, just under two seconds off the pace, but with the most laps completed of anyone in the field with 67.
GTE was once again spread out, this time four of the five cars entered setting times, the omission being the #77 Proton Porsche, which is in the process being replaced for the weekend after its shunt in the first session, by the team’s #77 WEC 911 RSR.
The pace-settiner in the class was JMW Motorsport this time round, the best time came from Liam Griffin, who reeled off a 2:03.958.
Next up for the ELMS runners is the first round of the season this weekend, also at Paul Ricard, following the Michelin Le Mans Cup pre-season test, which looks set to be affected by adverse weather also.
Featured image courtesy of the ELMS