Harry Tincknell took the #45 Thunderhead Carlin Dallara to top spot in the first Free Practice session at Shanghai’s opening round of the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series.
Tincknell’s 1:53.232 was almost a full second faster than the second-best time in class, the #34 Inter Europol Ligier, Mathias Beche posting a 1:54.215.
The sister #33 car had a less successful session, the car suffering a harmless off at T8 ending up nose-first into the barrier, the driver unable to restart without assistance, a brief Full Course Yellow allowing the car to rejoin and pit.
The #96 K2 Uchino OTRECA was third fastest a further second back.
With no sign yet of the Rick Ware Racing Ligiers it was a two-car LMP2 Am field for the session with the #59 RLR MSport ORECA 2 seconds clear of the ARC Bratislava Ligier.
LMP3 saw a Norma top an Asian Le Mans Series session for the first time, David Droux edging out Colin Noble, the #9 Graff Racing M30 a 2:01.537, two tenths clear of the #2 Nielsen/ Black Bull car.
The #12 ACE1 Villorba Corse Ligier was third fastest in class.
Fastest in GT meanwhile was the #90 FIST Team AAI BMW M6 GT3 of Joel Eriksson, his 2:04.045 just edging the #27 HubAuto Ferrari of Davide Rigon by four-hundredths of a second.
Third fastest was the #7 Car Guy 488 GT3 with Ferrari F1 Simulator driver Antonio Fuoco in his first full season in sportscar racing.
22 cars ran in the session with the still absent Rick Ware Racing Ligiers, the #13 Inter Europol LMP3 Ligier (broken exhaust, required the #16 Astro Veloce BMW (in the midst of an engine change)