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Duqueine ORECA Fastest In FP1, United Ligiers Close Behind

Ultimate Norma and Proton Porsches set class running!


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.