Toyota's Anthony Davidson tops free practice at Le Mans

Wednesday's first free practice at Le Mans is complete.

Toyota continues to solidify their place as this year's favorite for Le Mans. In free practice earlier today, the No. 8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid put down the fastest lap time at a 2:23.652 with Anthony Davidson behind the wheel.

The crashed #1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro back to the Audi compound after Loic Duval massive accident
The crashed #1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro back to the Audi compound after Loic Duval massive accident

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

The second fastest time belonged to Marcel Fassler in the No. 2 Audi. Audi endured a tumultuous session that saw their No. 1 car completely destroyed in an airborne accident with Loic Duval behind the wheel. To read updates/see photos regarding his condition and the accident, go HERE and HERE.

Rounding out the top three was the second Toyota, with Kazuki Nakajima laying down the fast time for the No. 7. The No. 1 Audi was able to post a time good enough for fourth with Tom Kristensen before their horrifying accident. The third Audi entry placed fifth in the session.

Porsche had a discouraging practice, finishing behind all of their main rivals in sixth and seventh. LMP2 was led by Oak Racing's Jann Mardenborough in the new Ligier JSP2 Coupe prototype. As for the GTE divisions, the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari held the quickest team in the professional class, with Nicki Thiim setting GTE Am pace in the No. 95 Aston Martin.

The Nissan ZEOD RC was unable to set a time due to gearbox issues. Following the Duval crash, the red flag was needed again, but this time for Erik Maris, who went off at the first chicane on the Mulsanne straight.

Erik Marris;Jean-Marc Merlin;Eric Helary
Erik Marris;Jean-Marc Merlin;Eric Helary

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

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Series Le Mans
Event 24 Hours of Le Mans
Sub-event Wednesday practice
Track Le Mans
Drivers Anthony Davidson , Tom Kristensen , Marcel Fassler , Eric Helary , Eric Gilbert , Kazuki Nakajima , Loic Duval , Nicki Thiim , Jean-Marc Merlin , Jann Mardenborough , Erik Maris , Erik Marris
Teams Audi Sport Team Joest , Nissan Motorsports , AF Corse
Article type Practice report
Tags af course, anthony davidson, aston martin, audi, ferrari, le mans, ligier, loic duval, oak racing, porsche, practice, toyota