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Saturday Paddock Notes: Pitlane Walkabout Video, Hogenboom Out At Eurointernational

Plus Michelin Le Mans Cup Free Practice

ELMS Pitlane Walkabout

The now traditional pitlane walkabout video is online now, with apologies for the sound quality, in part the gusting wind, but also the mandatory face mask!

Hogenboom Out At Eurointernational

The #11 EuroInternational Ligier effort in the ELMS will be a two-driver line-up here at Paul Ricard.

2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series Champion Leonard Hogenboom is no longer with the team having driven at the Test Days.

“It is a strategic call’” explained Team Principal Antonio Ferrari. “There was never a commercial aspect to the deal but after looking at the way things are going here we think our best option is with a two driver line-up.

Niko Kari and Thomas Erdos will drive .

Michelin Le Mans Cup

The Michelin Le Mans Cup runners had three track sessions on Friday with a pair of Free Practice sessions and a Bronze driver test.

24 of the 25 cars ran, with the #2 Porsche back in action after its braking woes on Thursday.

The IDEC Sport AMG meanwhile did not run during the day

 – but will be ready for Qualifying after lengthy repairs to front end damage suffered during Thursday’s Test Day.

Session 1 saw yet more good news for United Autosports and Ligier with Andy Meyrick scoring a 1:48.709 in the #24 JS P320, topping two other runners under 1:49, Dino Lunardi in the #98 Ligier and Laurents Hörr in the #3 DKR engineering Duqueine.

In GT Paolo Ruberti put the #67 Kessel Ferrari on top, 1:53.935 a tenth up on David Perel in the sister #74 car.


Session 2 saw Ben Barnicoat top the time in the #69 Cool Racing Ligier, 1:49.239 a tenth up on Wayne Boyd’s best in the other United Ligier, Lunardi third fastest this time with Alex Mortimer fourth fastest and quickest of the Duqueine pack.

GT was topped by Giacomo Piccini in the #8 Iron Lynx Ferrari 1:53.521, a tenth up on a now well up to speed #2 Porsche with Julien Andlauer at the wheel.