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Free Practice 1, United Autosports Top The Times

Free Practice 1 again saw an LMP2 on top of the times after three of the four track sessions in the early week Prologue Test also saw LMP2s faster than all three hypercar class machines.

It was again the defending Champions in LMP2, United Autosports, that topped the times, Filipe Albuquerque with a lap in 2:04.083 early in the 90-minute session.

Indeed the early running also saw a faster lap from one of the Hypercars, Matthieu Vaxiviere briefly topping the times in the #36 Alpine A480 with a lap in 2:04.335, a quicker lap than any of the top class trio had managed in the Prologue – it would be good enough for second overall at the end of the session. That time was matched to the thousandth by Albuquerque before a further improvement saw the LMP2 leapfrog the Alpine’s effort.

Third fastest was the #70 RealTeam Oreca, Norman Nato a tenth and a half off the Alpine early on before the car stopped at pit in, bringing out a Full Course Yellow before being pushed behind the barriers, taking no further part in proceedings.

There were a further trio of LMP2s in the order before the first of the Toyotas, the first of which, the #7, seventh in the order with a 2:04.574 from Mike Conway), underwent what is believed to be a battery change post session.

Porsche continued their Prologue form finishing the session one-two in GTE-Pro, Kevin Estre again the pace setter with a 2:13.466 in the #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19, just edging Richard Lietz in the sister #91 with the #51 AF Corse Ferrari also very close on time – the top three separated by just one half a tenth of a second!

The #63 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R though was almost a second astray and behind the leading pair in GTE Am, Matteo Cairoli again a class pace setter in the #56 Team Project 1 Porsche with a 2:13.941.

That effort headed a Porsche 1,2,3 in the class with the #77 and #88 Dempsey-Proton 911 RSR-19s sandwiching the GTE Pro Corvette.

The replacement #85 Iron Lynx Ferrari (after the original car’s Tuesday accident), and the repaired #47 Cetilar Ferrari, (after the car clashed with the #7 Toyota), again on Tuesday, were both on track for the session.

There were two red flags, one for a “Marshal in an unapproved position”, the other, ending the session, after the #28 Jota Oreca stopped at the Bus Stop with just a few minutes of scheduled time remaining.