José Maria Lopez set at the start of the session of one hour and 45 minutes what turned out to be the fastest time of 1’38 “401, behind the wheel of the Toyota GR010 Hybrid # 7. That was enough to overtake the sister car, the # 8 of Brendon Hartley, of 0 “134.
What was originally supposed to be a 90-minute session, the first of the WEC on the Brianza track since the 2017 prologue, has been extended by 15 minutes due to a red flag at minute 33, caused by an accident by Roberto Lacorte in the Ferrari. of Cetilar Racing.
At the restart, the Alpine A480-Gibson set its best time of 1’38 “553 in the hands of Nicolas Lapierre, climbing to third place ahead of the two Glickenhaus 007 LMHs.
Both Glickenhaus were within seven tenths of a second from the top, with Romain Dumas setting the American brand’s best time of 1’39 “042 aboard car # 709 within the first 10 minutes of the session, briefly also taking the lead. of the session before being overtaken by the Toyotas Olivier Pla set the fastest time in the # 708 Glickenhaus, just four cents behind Dumas.
United Autosports led the way in the LMP2 class, with the return of Filipe Albuquerque – absent in the previous round in Portimao due to a concurrence with IMSA – who lapped in 1’39 “373 with the Oreca 07-Gibson # 22 of the team.
This was a little less than half a second faster than Nyck de Vries’ time trial for Racing Team Nederland, which this weekend lost two of its original drivers, Job van Uitert and Giedo van der Garde, due to positive COVID-19 test.
Ben Hanley placed the DragonSpeed in third, another two tenths behind, ahead of the WRT and the two JOTA cars. Risi Competizione finished tenth on his first outing with his new Oreca, with Oliver Jarvis setting the team’s best time of 1’40 “996.
Ferrari opened the group in GTE Pro with its two official AF Corse-managed cars beating the two Porsches. Daniel Serra pushed the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo number 52 to a 1’46 “329, trimming almost four tenths of the car number 51 of James Calado, while Neel Jani was the third fastest in the Porsche 911 RSR-19 number 92.
Porsche nevertheless set the pace in GTE Am thanks to a final 1’47 “194 achieved by Riccardo Pera in the # 56 Project 1 car, beating former Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella in the # 54 AF Corse Ferrari.