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Four Hours of Buriram: Free Practice Notes

Hot weather, hot pace

Free Practice 1 on Saturday Morning saw the pair of Eurasia Motorsport Ligier’s top the times, the Championship-challenging #36 fastest with a 1:23.186 late in the session from Nick Foster.

That was good enough to edge out the sister #1 car by just under half a second with the #26 Aurus 01 and #45 Dallara next up.

In LMP2 Am Guy Cosmo led the pair of Rick Ware Racing Ligier JSP2s by a tenth, his best effort a 1:28.929

LMP3 saw David Droux top the times after Colin Noble had led the way for much of the session, his 1:30.737 a quarter of a second up on the young Scot for a Norma M30 one-two, Nigel Moore made it the top three in the Championship in the top three positions, the Englishman third fastest, best of the Ligier’s, just a few hundredths off Noble in his #13 Inter Europol Ligier JS P3.

GT saw just a second between the six Championship contenders with Tim Slade banging in a 1:34.214 in the #27 Hub Auto Corsa Ferrari heading a Ferrari 1,2,3,4 in the session


Free Practice 2 into lunchtime on Saturday and with 30 degree plus temperatures saw many of the teams pop in qualifying simulations.

Harry Tincknell in the #45 Thunderhead Carlin Dallara was fastest, a 1:23.364, four-tenths faster than Nick Cassidy’s best effort in the #1 Eurasia Ligier with the pair of InterEuropol Ligier’s next up.

In LMP2 Am it was Guy Cosmo again that won the good-natured bragging rights contest across the RWR garage, his 1:27.754 too rich for the blood of the #52 pair.

Colin Noble evened the score with David Droux by heading up LMP3 – his 1:30.485 in the #2 Nielsen Norma a full half-second clear of the #9 Graff Norma, the four M30s topping the order.

And in GT it was again the #27 Hub Auto Corsa Ferrari at the top of the order, 1:33.927 a chink ahead of the best run from Rio Haryanto in the #5 T2 Motorsports car in another session that saw a Ferrari 1,2,3,4.