The #26 G-Drive ORECA 07 remained dominant during the second ELMS free practise session of the day at Silverstone. Once again, Jean-Eric Vergne set the fastest lap (1:45.490) ahead of the #21 Dragonspeed ORECA 07 of Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley and Nicolas Lapierre (1:46.194).
Vergne’s time was eight tenths faster than his session-topping time from Free Practice 1 this morning.
The ORECA chassis weren’t as dominant in the session as they were in FP1 though, as the #47 Cetillar Villorba Corse Dallara P217 driven by Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Felipe Nasr and the #35 SMP Dallara shared by Victor Shaitar and Matevos Isaakyan took third and fourth fastest lap times respectively.
The first Ligier on the screens again was the #32 United Autosport Ligier JS P217 driven by Hugo de Sadeleer and Will Owen (1:46.964), a second and a half off Vergne’s time.
In LMP3 meanwhile, United Autosports remained at the top of the time sheets during most of the session. However, in its final minutes the #6 360 Racing Ligier JSP3 driven by Ross Kaiser rose to the top with a 1:57.179, some three tenths clear of the #2 United Autosports Ligier JSP3 shared by John Falb and Sean Rayhall.
The first Norma M30 – the #17 Ultimate driven by Mathieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and Francois Heriau – slotted in fourth position (1:57.749). However, the car had some repairs done on its powertrain during the session after it lost fluid on track.
The LMGTE championship-leading car, the #88 Proton Competition Porsche, was able to get required repairs done its on transmission before the start of the second free practise session.
Matteo Cairoli clocked the fastest lap (1:59.474) in the class at its wheel, though the #55 Spirit Of Race Ferrari F488 GTE shared by Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Aaron Scott ended up second and just two tenths off.
The #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR led the earlier part of the session but eventually fell in third place, some three tenths behind the leading Porsche 911 RSR.
Next up for the ELMS contenders is the qualifying session on Saturday morning at 11:10 AM.