Le Mans 24h: Rebellion tops curtailed third practice

Rebellion driver Louis Deletraz led the way in third free practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours, which featured four hours of night time running.

Le Mans 24h: Rebellion tops curtailed third practice
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Thursday night’s third practice session was the only opportunity for drivers and teams to get some necessary night running in ahead of the race.

Most of the session’s fastest times were set in the first half, after which many teams switched to tyre work.

Deletraz hit the top of the timesheets in the first hour, setting a 3m19.158s lap in the #3 Rebellion R-13 LMP1 privateer.

Toyota’s Kamui Kobayashi improved on his early lap times in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to set a 3m19.638s in the second hour, closely followed by the second Rebellion of Gustavo Menezes.

Sebastien Buemi was fourth in the #8 Toyota. LMP1’s fifth and final entrant ByKolles lost a lot of track time after Bruno Spengler spanked the barrier at Tertre Rouge 90 minutes into the session, bringing out a red flag.

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In LMP2 Tristan Gommendy set the fastest time early on in the #30 Duqueine Oreca 07, his 3m28.013s remaining untouched for the entirety of the session.

United Autosport’s Job van Uitert took second with just over an hour to go in the #32 Oreca, nine tenths shy of Gommendy’s benchmark. With 30 minutes remaining Jean-Eric Vergne lifted his #26 G-Drive Oreca to third, another tenth in arrears.

Both IDEC Sport LMP2 cars remained in the pits after they suffered heavy accidents earlier on Thursday, the team's #28 Oreca requiring a new tub.

In GTE Pro Porsche’s Kevin Estre took the lead in the first hour.

The Frenchman’s 3m52.177s aboard the #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 was three tenths faster than Maxime Martin in the #97 Aston Martin Vantage, who set his series of fast times in the final hour.

Marco Sorensen took third in the sister #95 Aston, followed by James Calado (#51 AF Corse) in the first of the Ferraris.

Kei Cozzolino was quickest in GTE Am with the Japanese MR Racing Ferrari, his 3m54.490s effort bettering Paolo Ruberti’s time in the final hour.

In the #98 Aston Augusto Farfus also dipped below the benchmark Ruberti set in the #60 Iron Lynx Ferrari. The Brazilian got to within one tenth of Cozzolino but settled for second.

The session was curtailed 15 minutes early after a huge accident for Bonamy Grimes in the Red River Ferrari. The Briton lost his car under braking for the first Mulsanne chicane and clattered into the barriers, but climbed out unhurt.

Action continues on Friday with a short fourth practice session at 10.00am local time, followed by a Hyperpole shootout in which the six fastest cars of each category will fight for pole.

Practice results:

Pos. # Drivers Car Class Time Gap Int
1 3 FRA Romain Dumas
FRA Nathanaël Berthon
SUI Louis Deletraz
Rebellion R13 LMP1 3'19.158    
2 7 GBR Mike Conway
JPN Kamui Kobayashi
ARG Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3'19.638 0.480 0.480
3 1 BRA Bruno Senna
FRA Norman Nato
USA Gustavo Menezes
Rebellion R13 LMP1 3'19.775 0.617 0.137
4 8 SUI Sebastien Buemi
JPN Kazuki Nakajima
NZL Brendon Hartley
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3'20.673 1.515 0.898
5 30 SUI Jonathan Hirschi
RUS Konstantin Tereshchenko
FRA Tristan Gommendy
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'28.013 8.855 7.340
6 32 USA William Owen
GBR Alex Brundle
HOL Job van Uitert
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'28.924 9.766 0.911
7 26 RUS Roman Rusinov
FRA Jean-Eric Vergne
DEN Mikkel Jensen
Aurus 01 LMP2 3'29.082 9.924 0.158
8 22 GBR Philip Hanson
POR Filipe Albuquerque
GBR Paul di Resta
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'29.341 10.183 0.259
9 29 HOL Frits van Eerd
HOL Giedo van der Garde
HOL Nyck de Vries
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'29.364 10.206 0.023
10 31 FRA Nico Jamin
FRA Julien Canal
FRA Matthieu Vaxivière
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.337 11.179 0.973
11 37 CHN Ho-Pin Tung
FRA Gabriel Aubry
GBR Will Stevens
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.402 11.244 0.065
12 42 FRA Nicolas Lapierre
CZE Antonin Borga
SUI Alexandre Coigny
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.478 11.320 0.076
13 36 BRA André Negrão
FRA Pierre Ragues
FRA Thomas Laurent
Alpine A470 LMP2 3'30.652 11.494 0.174
14 16 IRL Ryan Cullen
GBR Oliver Jarvis
GBR Nick Tandy
Aurus 01 LMP2 3'30.652 11.494 0.000
15 38 GBR Anthony Davidson
POR Antonio Felix da Costa
MEX Roberto Gonzalez
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.837 11.679 0.185
16 27 SWE Henrik Hedman
GBR Ben Hanley
HOL Renger van der Zande
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'30.899 11.741 0.062
17 35 JPN Nobuya Yamanaka
AUS Nick Foster
ESP Roberto Merhi
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'31.067 11.909 0.168
18 4 FRA Tom Dillmann
CAN Bruno Spengler
GBR Oliver Webb
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 3'31.596 12.438 0.529
19 33 JPN Kenta Yamashita
USA Mark Patterson
DEN Anders Fjordbach
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'31.870 12.712 0.274
20 21 COL Juan Pablo Montoya
FRA Timothe Buret
Mexico Memo Rojas
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'31.879 12.721 0.009
21 25 USA John Falb
SUI Simon Trummer
USA Matthew McMurry
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.034 12.876 0.155
22 39 AUS James Allen
FRA Vincent Capillaire
FRA Charles Milesi
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.476 13.318 0.442
23 24 CAN Garret Grist
GBR Alex Kapadia
GBR Anthony Wells
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'32.759 13.601 0.283
24 34 POL Jakub Smiechowski
AUT Rene Binder
RUS Matevos Isaakyan
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'33.246 14.088 0.487
25 50 COL Tatiana Calderón
GER Sophia Floersch
HOL Beitske Visser
Oreca 07 LMP2 3'34.442 15.284 1.196
26 47 ITA Roberto Lacorte
ITA Andrea Belicchi
ITA Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217 LMP2 3'34.654 15.496 0.212
27 11 FRA Adrien Tambay
FRA Erik Maris
BEL Christophe d'Ansembourg
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3'34.734 15.576 0.080
28 92 DEN Michael Christensen
FRA Kevin Estre
BEL Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE PRO 3'52.177 33.019 17.443
29 97 BEL Maxime Martin
GBR Alex Lynn
GBR Harry Tincknell
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3'52.442 33.284 0.265
30 95 DEN Nicki Thiim
DEN Marco Sørensen
GBR Richard Westbrook
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3'52.632 33.474 0.190
31 51 ITA Alessandro Pier Guidi
GBR James Calado
BRA Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'52.800 33.642 0.168
32 91 ITA Gianmaria Bruni
AUT Richard Lietz
FRA Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE PRO 3'53.093 33.935 0.293
33 82 FRA Olivier Pla
FRA Sebastien Bourdais
FRA Jules Gounon
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'53.367 34.209 0.274
34 71 ITA Davide Rigon
ESP Miguel Molina
GBR Sam Bird
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'53.760 34.602 0.393
35 63 USA Cooper MacNeil
FIN Toni Vilander
USA Jeffrey Segal
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3'53.843 34.685 0.083
36 70 JPN Takeshi Kimura
FRA Vincent Abril
JPN Kei Cozzolino
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'54.490 35.332 0.647
37 98 CAN Paul Dalla Lana
GBR Ross Gunn
BRA Augusto Farfus
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'54.590 35.432 0.100
38 60 ITA Claudio Schiavoni
ITA Sergio Pianezzola
ITA Paolo Ruberti
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'54.854 35.696 0.264
39 88 AUT Thomas Preining
USA Dominique Bastien
BEL Adrien de Leener
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'54.868 35.710 0.014
40 75 ITA Rino Mastronardi
ITA Matteo Cressoni
ITA Andrea Piccini
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'54.938 35.780 0.070
41 77 GER Christian Ried
ITA Riccardo Pera
AUS Matthew Campbell
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'55.092 35.934 0.154
42 61 USA Francesco Piovanetti
BRA Oswaldo Negri Jr
FRA Côme Ledogar
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'55.431 36.273 0.339
43 83 FRA François Perrodo
FRA Emmanuel Collard
DEN Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'55.445 36.287 0.014
44 54 SUI Thomas Flohr
ITA Francesco Castellacci
ITA Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'55.936 36.778 0.491
45 90 TUR Salih Yoluc
IRL Charlie Eastwood
GBR Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3'55.967 36.809 0.031
46 86 GBR Michael Wainwright
GBR Ben Barker
GBR Andrew Watson
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'56.165 37.007 0.198
47 99 THA Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak
SUI Lucas Légeret
FRA Julien Andlauer
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'56.168 37.010 0.003
48 57 USA Ben Keating
BRA Felipe Fraga
HOL Jeroen Bleekemolen
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'56.172 37.014 0.004
49 56 NOR Egidio Perfetti
HOL Larry ten Voorde
ITA Matteo Cairoli
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'56.408 37.250 0.236
50 78 AUT Horst Felbermayr Jr.
ITA Michele Beretta
HOL Max van Splunteren
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3'56.865 37.707 0.457
51 72 TPE Morris Chen
GBR Tom Blomqvist
BRA Marcos Gomes
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'57.408 38.250 0.543
52 85 ITA Manuela Gostner
SUI Rahel Frey
DEN Michelle Gatting
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'59.065 39.907 1.657
53 55 GBR Duncan Cameron
GBR Aaron Scott
ITA Matt Griffin
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3'59.500 40.342 0.435
54 89 FRA Philippe Haezebrouck
FRA Julien Piguet
GRE Andreas Laskaratos
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 4'00.448 41.290 0.948
55 66 USA Richard Heistand
USA Max Root
DEN Jan Magnussen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 4'00.839 41.681 0.391
56 62 GBR Bonamy Grimes
GBR Johnny Mowlem
IRL Charles Hollings
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 4'03.239 44.081 2.400
57 52 CZE Christoph Ulrich
GER Steffen Gorig
GBR Alexander West
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 4'06.052 46.894 2.813
58 17 USA Dwight Merriman
GBR Kyle Tilley
GBR John Kennard
Oreca 07 LMP2      
59 28 FRA Paul Lafargue
FRA Paul Loup Chatin
GBR Richard Bradley
Oreca 07 LMP2      
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