The opening free practice session for the final ELMS meeting of the 2018 season at Portimao saw Nico Jamin set the fastest time of the session for the #29 Duqueine Engineering ORECA squad, a 1:32.846 early in the 90 minutes of running, the track bone dry, but with threateningly low, dark clouds throughout.
Just 0.074 seconds back was a mid-session effort from Felipe Albuquerque in the #32 United Autosports Ligier with Will Owen a quarter of a second back in the sister #22 United Ligier, again with an early season effort.
LMP3 saw Matthieu Lahaye top the times in the #17 Ultimate Norma 1:40.097, three tenths clear of the #8 DKR Engineering Norma, three tenths back with the Championship-leading #15 RLR MSport Ligier third fastest a tenth further back.
GTE saw the #77 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR set a 1:43.301 in the hands of Marvin Dienst, Matteo Cairoli making it a Proton 1, 2 in the session, taking the #88 Porsche round in 1:43.723, shading the #66 JMW Ferrari into third slot in the session, a 1:43.834 for Miguel Molina.
The session ran near incident-free, the #83 Krohn Racing Ferrari stopping on-track but recovering to the pits after a brief caution period, and the #29 Duqueine Oreca attracting a five minute stop and go for track limit abuse late in the session.
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