Last Free Practice session valid for the 24h of Le Mans which saw the protagonists of the FIA WEC finish the night work on the 13,626km of the Circuit de la Sarthe after having established the Hyperpole.
The Toyota cars continued their dominance in the Hypercar Class with the 3’27 “994 obtained from # 8 of Sébastien Buemi /Kazuki Nakajima/ Brendon Hartley, while # 7 of Kamui Kobayashi/ Mike Conway / José María López finds himself third. Kobayashi spun in the last few minutes, but without consequences.
Among the Japanese is the Alpine A480-Gibson LMP1 # 36 driven by André Negrão / Matthieu Vaxivière /Nicolas Lapierre with 0 “286 of delay from the summit.
The Glickenhaus are still behind because the 007 LMH # 709 from Ryan Briscoe/ Romain Dumas / Richard Westbrook is fourth over 2 “behind the leader, with # 708’s Franck Mailleux/ Olivier Pla / Pipo Derani last in the category and even 26th overall with only 8 laps completed.
In LMP2 for the first time there is the Aurus 01-Gibson # 26 of G-Drive Racing in first position: Roman Rusinov /Franco Colapinto/ Nyck De Vries lap in 3’31 “414 and beat the Oreca 07-Gibson of Racing Team Nederland (# 29 Frits Van Eerd / Giedo Van Der Garde /Job Van Uitert) – Pro / Am leader – and United Autosports USA (# 22 Phil Hanson / Fabio Scherer /Filipe Albuquerque).
The Oreca # 24 of PR1 Motorsports Mathiasen (Patrick Kelly / Simon Trummer /Gabriel Aubry), which is fourth in the lot and second Pro / Am, followed by # 38 of the Jota (Roberto Gonzalez /António Félix Da Costa/ Anthony Davidson) and from # 41 by Robert Kubica / Louis Delétraz /Yifei Ye (Team WRT).
The third time Pro / Am goes to Oreca # 70 of RealTeam Racing / TDS (Esteban Garcia /Loïc Duval/ Norman Born).
DragonSpeed USA’s Oreca # 21 (Henrik Hedman /Ben Hanley/ Juan Pablo Montoya), who however closed with the 21st place in the category, while Idec Sport’s # 17 did not make it (Dwight Merriman / Thomas Laurent / Ryan Dalziel).
In the LMGTE Pro Class, Porsches still dictate the pace. This time it is the private 911 RSR-19 # 79 of WeatherTech Racing who finished in the lead in 3’48 “246 with Cooper MacNeil / Earl Bamber /Laurens Vanthoor, which gives 1 “to journal # 91’s Gimmi Bruni/ Richard Lietz / Frédéric Makowiecki.
Next we have the two Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, # 63’s Antonio García/ Jordan Taylor / Nicky Catsburg and # 64 by Tommy Milner / Nick Tandy /Alexander Sims, then the private Porsche # 72 of Dries Vanthoor /Alvaro Parente/ Maxime Martin (HubAuto Racing).
The list is completed by the pair of AF Corse Ferrari 488s, # 51 by James Calado / Alessandro Pier Guidi /Côme Ledogar and # 52 of Daniel Serra/ Miguel Molina / Sam Bird.
Porsche # 92 stopped in the pits, demolished by Kévin Estre in the Hyperpole and unable to return to the track immediately.
In the LMGTE Am Class, the Ferrari double wins with the 488 # 83 of AF Corse (François Perrodo / Alessio Rovera /Nicklas Nielsen) for the first time in the event in first place in 3’51 “561, by a whisker ahead of the # 71 of Inception Racing (Brendan Iribe / Ollie Millroy /Ben Barnicoat), protagonist of a ruinous exit 7 ‘from the conclusion with Millroy at the wheel which led to the early end of the tests.
Third and fourth times for Proton Competition Porsches (# 99 Harry Tincknell/ Florian Latorre / Vuttikhorn Inthraphuvasak) and Absolute Racing (# 18 Andrew Haryanto /Alessio Picariello/ Marco Seefried), behind the Ferrari of JMW Motorsport (# 66 Thomas Neubauer/ Rodrigo Sales / Jody Fannin).
Of the Aston Martins, only the Vantage # 98 by NorthWest AMR (Paul Dalla Lana /Nicki Thiim/ Marcos Gomes) stands out with the sixth time, while the two of TF Sport did not take part in the session.
In Bold the names of the drivers who set the fastest lap.