The #32 United Autosports Oreca 07 topped the final session of the two-day pre-season ELMS test at Paul Ricard this afternoon.
The 4-hour session began an hour earlier than planned after the morning session was cut short after a serious accident to Katherine Legge, now confirmed as having a broken lower left leg (which will require surgery) and a heavy sprain to her right wrist (initially diagnosed as a fracture).
The 1:38.148 came from Alex Brundle and was the fastest of the test by a significant margin, leapfrogging the session-topping effort from new G-Drive signing Nyck de Vries, who also then saw his time bettered by the other United car, Felipe Albuquerque completing a one-two for the UK-flagged team.
No fewer than nine LMP2 runners beat 1:40 in the session meaning that just two in the class haven’t posted a sub 1:40 lap thus far, the #34 Inter-Europol Ligier coming very close with a 1:40.0 plus the #50 Richard Mille Racing Oreca – a decision awaited from the team on their plan for the weekend.
LMP3 saw EuroInternational lead the pack in the final session, a 1:47.957 the best of the session for the #11 car, again the fastest of the test, and the only sub 1:48 time over the two days, the time set by Leonard Hogenboom.
The two United Ligier were next up, #3 ahead of #2 tithe Real Team Ligier fourth fastest and, yet again, the #2 Nielsen car fastest of the Duqueine.
GT saw the Iron Lynx Team score a fourth session-leading time, though Andrea Piccini’s 1:52.145 was just shy of the best of the test overall, which ironically came from the one session that Iron Lynx didn’t top with the other car, the truncated Wednesday morning session that saw the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche manage a 1:52.099