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Hanley Sets The Pace In First 4H Monza Practice

Fast start for DragonSpeed


The first Free Practice session of the weekend for the European Le Mans Series’ 4 Hours of Monza wrapped up with the #21 Dragonspeed Oreca 07 ending the session with the top spot. Ben Hanley set a time of 1:36.284 in that car after it completed 40 laps of the circuit.

Second in the LMP2 class was the #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 with a 1:36.979 coming with Roman Rusinov in the car.

Rounding out the top three was Anders Fjordbach in the #49 High Class Racing Dallara P217 whose time of 1:37.275 was that car’s best of the session.

The only incident in LMP2 was the #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P217. The car going into the gravel trap at Turn 7 — the second lesmo — resulting in the session’s only Full Course Yellow. Tacksung Kim was behind-the-wheel at the time, the car ending up all the way against the barrier with its left side facing in. The car was towed out of the gravel and continued.

In LMP3 it was an up-and-down session for Oregon Team, its Norma M30 topped the session with a 1:46.136 but also came to a stop under the FCY. The car appeared to go straight through the Turn 1 chicane before stopping by a marshal post. A rescue crane moved to get the car but ended up not being needed as the car restarted and continued.

The #19 M Racing, YMR Norma M30 finished the session in second with a 1:46.243, they were followed by the #17 Ultimate Norma M30, who, like in MLMC FP1, completed the Norma sweep of the top three spots.

The best placed Ligier was the fourth placed #2 United Autosports JS P3 whose best time of the session was a 1:46.645.

It was a quiet session, with no major incidents to report for the six cars entered in GTE this weekend. Topping the charts in the class was the #88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR GTE with a 1:48.457.

Second in class was the #83 Krohn Racing entered Ferrari 488 GTE, a 1:48.905 being that car’s best of the session.

Finally the #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE concluded the top three with a 1:49.026 from Miguel Molina.

The European Le Mans Series 4 Hours of Monza is scheduled for 12:30 local time on Sunday May 13th. You can stream both the ELMS and Le Mans Cup qualifying sessions and races on DSC this weekend.

In the booth, Alex Brundle will be joining the DSC editor, as Graham Goodwin’s regular partner Jonny Palmer is on Nürburgring 24 Hours duty with Radio Show Limited.


Image courtesy of ELMS