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Lopez Still The Pace Setter In Final Practice

Inception Ferrari withdrawn from meeting

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s GR010 HYBRIDs finished 1-2 at the top of the times in the final Free Practice session at Monza this afternoon, with the #7 topping the times yet again, continuing its form from the earlier sessions.

The best time was a 1:36.137 set by FP1 and 2 pace-setter Jose Maria Lopez, a second clear of the sister #8 which managed a 1:37.208 to pip the best efforts from Glickenhaus and Alpine.

Glickenhaus’ pace continues to impress thus far, the pair of 007s mixing in with the LMH pack. The faster of the two was the #708 once again, with a time just 1.5 seconds off the top time. The Alpine, repaired after its post-FP1 incident at Ascari, slotted in fourth.

In LMP2, the #28 JOTA ORECA set the best time and ended up two tenths up on the #22 United example which has looked quick all weekend. Ex-F1 man Stoffel Vandoorne set the #28’s fastest time, a 1:38.910.

In an improvement of form, Risi Competitizione, making its WEC LMP2 debut this weekend, came up the top three after a 1:39.211 flyer from Felipe Nasr.

The GTE classes were led by Porsche again in FP3, the #91 911 RSR 19 leading the #51 AF Corse Ferrari in the times. Gianmaria Bruni was the fast man on this occasion for the German brand.

AF Corse topped GTE Am again meanwhile, the #83 less than a tenth ahead of the #23 Team Project 1 Porsche and #88 Dempsey Proton Porsche which took third at the death of the session.

FP3 was a clean session with no major dramas, though the unfortunate news has reached DSC that the #71 Inception Racing Ferrari has been withdrawn from the meeting after its off in Free Practice 2 at Ascari this morning,

Qualifying is next up for the FIA WEC, starting at 18:00 local time in Italy.


Image courtesy of Toyota/James Moy Photography