Inje’s mountain landscape provided a grand setting for the first Free Practice sessions of 3 Hours of Inje. All teams were back on the track for the two sessions, which gave them more valuable track time on the new circuit.
The first session stayed dry, but a heavy downpour in between sessions gave the teams a bit more to think about when they went out for the second. Combined with the 19 turns and some steep gradient the Free Practice sessions gave the drivers and cars a taste of the endurance that will be required during Sunday's 3 hour race.
In Free Practice 1 KCMG were the top LMP2 team. Their #18 Morgan-Nissan recorded a quickest lap time of 1:27.002 and a top speed of 174.12 km/h. AF Corse were again the top GT team in their #77 Ferrari 458 GT3 with a fastest lap time of 1:32.704 and top speed of 163.41 km/h
After the early afternoon downpour it was unsurprising that the times in Free Practice 2 were affected by the weather. Craft Racing and their #007 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 were able to take the over top spot in Free Practice 2, ending AF Corse’s previous domination of sessions among the GT teams.
On a greasy track Craft Racing drove superbly to record a fastest lap time of 1:33.922 and top speed of 161.29 km/h. OAK Racing led the LMP2 cars in their #24 Morgan Judd. This made more comfortable by KCMG’s technical issues just four laps into Akash Nandy’s start in afternoon session. OAK Racing clocked a fastest lap of 1:36.367 and top speed of 157.20.
Teams will get one final Free Practice session in the morning before qualifying at 16:10. As all the drivers become more accustomed to the circuit and the conditions competition is heating up. Everyone will be looking to make good use of tomorrow morning's Free Practice before the first Qualifying session of the inaugural Asian Le Mans Series.
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