Le Mans 24h: Toyota leads Alpine by 0.086s in tight FP1

Less than a tenth of a second separated the top three cars as the two Toyotas sandwiched the Alpine in first free practice for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Jose Maria Lopez jumped to the head of the times aboard the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid with 30 minutes of the three-hour session left on the clock of the opening session for this weekend's double-points round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Argentinian's time of 3m29.309s edged out the Alpine A480-Gibson in which Andre Negrao had posted a 3m29.395s just over 40 minutes earlier.

Negrao's best lap on Wednesday afternoon was just one thousandth of a second quicker than Kazuki Nakajima's mark in the #8 Toyota.

The Japanese driver set the pace from the beginning, ending up on a 3m29.396s before the first half hour was over.

The best of the LMP2s, the United Autosports Oreca 07 driven by Phil Hanson, was only a further tenth off the ultimate pace in fourth position overall.

Hanson's 3m29.441s gave him a margin of over half over the G-Drive Aurus-badged Oreca that Nyck de Vries put fifth overall with a 3m30.094s right at the end of the session.

The fastest two cars in P2s ended up ahead of both Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercars.

Glickenhaus failed to get within a second of Olivier Pla's time-topping mark in the official Le Mans test day on Sunday.

Richard Westbrook ended up sixth overall in the #709 Glickenhaus 007 LMH on a 3m30.216s and Pla seventh with a 3m30.325s in #708.

Tom Blomqvist claimed third in P2 with a 3m30.629s set late on in the best of the JOTA Oreca, just edging out Louis Deletraz's 3m30.724s in the #41 WRT Oreca.

Paul-Loup Chatin took fifth in class for IDEC Sport and Ben Hanley sixth for DragonSpeed.

Ferrari tops GTE Pro

Ferrari led the way in GTE Pro, Daniel Serra improving the #52 AF Corse-run 488 GTE Evo's best to a 3m50.123s as the session neared an end.

That time, seven tenths up on last year's class pole, gave him the top spot by just four hundredths over Nick Tandy, who posted a 3m50.163s in the dying seconds aboard the best of the Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs.

Gianmaria Bruni was third quickest in the #92 Manthey-run Porsche 911 RSR-19 on 3m50.488s, while James Calado took fourth in the second of the factory Ferraris with a 3m50.611s.

Laurens Vanthoor took fifth in the first of the customer Porsches racing in GTE Pro this year, the Proton-run WeatherTech Racing entry.

Project 1 Porsche driver Matteo Cairoli end up fastest in GTE Am with a 3m50.193s, a time that bettered the GTE Pro pack until the closing minutes.

It still stood as the third best GTE time at the end of the session and gave him a margin of over a second over the GR Racing Porsche in second position in class.

The session was interrupted by two red flags.

The first stoppage came with little more than a minute on the clock when Marco Sorensen tagged the barriers leaving the pits in the #20 High Class Racing Oreca.

The second in the final hour resulted from a coming together between Antonio Felix da Costa's JOTA Oreca and the AF Corse-run GTE Am class Ferrari 488 GTE Evo driven by Antonio Fuoco.

First qualifying for the 89th edition of Le Mans starts at 7pm local time. 

Le Mans 24 Hours - FP1 results:

Cla # Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1 7 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota GR010 - Hybrid HYPERCAR 3'29.309  
2 36 Brazil Andre Negrao
France Nicolas Lapierre
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
Alpine A480 HYPERCAR 3'29.395 0.086
3 8 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Toyota GR010 - Hybrid HYPERCAR 3'29.396 0.087
4 22 United Kingdom Philip Hanson
Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'29.441 0.132
5 26 Russian Federation Roman Rusinov
Argentina Franco Colapinto
Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Aurus 01 LMP2 3'30.094 0.785
6 709 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
France Romain Dumas
Glickenhaus 007 LMH HYPERCAR 3'30.216 0.907
7 708 Brazil Pipo Derani
France Franck Mailleux
France Olivier Pla
Glickenhaus 007 LMH HYPERCAR 3'30.325 1.016
8 28 Indonesia Sean Gelael
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.629 1.320
9 41 Poland Robert Kubica
Switzerland Louis Deletraz
China Ye Yifei
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.724 1.415
10 48 France Paul Lafargue
France Paul-Loup Chatin
France Patrick Pilet
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.912 1.603
11 21 Sweden Henrik Hedman
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.991 1.682
12 70 Switzerland Esteban Garcia
France Loic Duval
France Norman Nato
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.996 1.687
13 31 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
France Charles Milesi
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'31.158 1.849
14 38 Mexico Roberto Gonzalez
Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'31.279 1.970
15 25 United States John Falb
Spain Roberto Merhi
Portugal Rui Andrade
Aurus 01 LMP2 3'31.322 2.013
16 32 France Nico Jamin
South Africa Jonathan Aberdein
Venezuela Manuel Maldonado
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'31.568 2.259
17 30 Austria Rene Binder
Guillermo Rojas
France Tristan Gommendy
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.145 2.836
18 65 France Julien Canal
United Kingdom Will Stevens
Australia James Allen
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.236 2.927
19 29 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Job Van Uitert
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.428 3.119
20 82 Ireland Ryan Cullen
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Brazil Felipe Nasr
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.523 3.214
21 23 United Kingdom Paul di Resta
United Kingdom Alex Lynn
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.690 3.381
22 20 Denmark Dennis Andersen
United States Ricky Taylor
Denmark Marco Sorensen
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.970 3.661
23 44 Slovakia Miro Konopka
United Kingdom Oliver Webb
Slovakia Matej Konopka
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'33.052 3.743
24 24 United States Patrick Kelly
France Gabriel Aubry
Switzerland Simon Trummer
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'33.308 3.999
25 49 Denmark Anders Fjordbach
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'33.456 4.147
26 34 Poland Jakub Smiechowski
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United Kingdom Alex Brundle
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'33.491 4.182
27 17 United States Dwight Merriman
France Thomas Laurent
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'33.612 4.303
28 39 France Vincent Capillaire
Arnold Robin
France Maxime Robin
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'33.767 4.458
29 1 Colombia Tatiana Calderon
Germany Sophia Flörsch
Netherlands Beitske Visser
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'34.114 4.805
30 84 Takuma Aoki
Belgium Nigel Bailly
France Matthieu Lahaye
Oreca 07 INNOVATIVE CAR 3'34.510 5.201
31 74 United Kingdom James Winslow
Australia John Corbett
Tom Cloet
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'37.048 7.739
32 52 Brazil Daniel Serra
Spain Miguel Molina
United Kingdom Sam Bird
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'50.123 20.814
33 64 United States Tommy Milner
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R LMGTE PRO 3'50.163 20.854
34 56 Norway Egidio Perfetti
Italy Matteo Cairoli
Italy Riccardo Pera
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'50.193 20.884
35 91 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Austria Richard Lietz
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3'50.488 21.179
36 51 Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
United Kingdom James Calado
France Côme Ledogar
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'50.611 21.302
37 79 United States Cooper MacNeil
New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3'50.737 21.428
38 72 Belgium Dries Vanthoor
Portugal Alvaro Parente
Belgium Maxime Martin
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3'51.188 21.879
39 86 United Kingdom Michael Wainwright
United Kingdom Benjamin Barker
United Kingdom Tom Gamble
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'51.326 22.017
40 63 Spain Antonio Garcia
United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R LMGTE PRO 3'51.330 22.021
41 88 France Julien Andlauer
United States Dominique Bastien
Lance Arnold
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'51.519 22.210
42 92 France Kevin Estre
Switzerland Neel Jani
Denmark Michael Christensen
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 3'51.542 22.233
43 18 Indonesia Andrew Haryanto
Belgium Alessio Picariello
Germany Marco Seefried
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'51.826 22.517
44 57 Japan Takeshi Kimura
Australia Scott Andrews
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'51.911 22.602
45 33 United States Ben Keating
Dylan Pereira
Brazil Felipe Fraga
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'52.224 22.915
46 98 Canada Paul Dalla Lana
Denmark Nicki Thiim
Brazil Marcos Gomes
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'52.329 23.020
47 80 Italy Matteo Cressoni
Italy Rino Mastronardi
United Kingdom Callum Ilott
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.349 23.040
48 95 United Kingdom John Hartshorne
Ollie Hancock
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'52.488 23.179
49 47 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
Italy Antonio Fuoco
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.528 23.219
50 83 France François Perrodo
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Italy Alessio Rovera
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.598 23.289
51 55 United Kingdom Duncan Cameron
South Africa David Perel
Ireland Matthew Griffin
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.809 23.500
52 54 Switzerland Thomas Flohr
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Francesco Castellacci
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.838 23.529
53 85 Switzerland Rahel Frey
Belgium Sarah Bovy
Denmark Michelle Gatting
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'52.873 23.564
54 777 Japan Satoshi Hoshino
Japan Tomonobu Fujii
United Kingdom Andrew Watson
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'52.880 23.571
55 60 Italy Claudio Schiavoni
Italy Paolo Ruberti
Italy Raffaele Giammaria
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'53.042 23.733
56 71 Brendan Iribe
United Kingdom Ollie Millroy
United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'53.076 23.767
57 77 Germany Christian Ried
Australia Jaxon Evans
Australia Matt Campbell
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'53.200 23.891
58 388 Germany Pierre Ehret
Germany Christian Hook
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'53.222 23.913
59 99 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Vuttikhorn Inthraphuvasak
Florian Latorre
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'53.915 24.606
60 46 Norway Dennis Olsen
Norway Anders Buchardt
Robert Foley
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'54.970 25.661
61 69 Germany Robert Renauer
Germany Ralf Bohn
Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'55.223 25.914
62 66 France Thomas Neubauer
United States Rodrigo Sales
United Kingdom Jody Fannin
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'55.682 26.373

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