Formula 1
14 Nov
-
17 Nov
Event finished
MotoGP
01 Nov
-
03 Nov
Event finished
15 Nov
-
17 Nov
Event finished
NASCAR Cup
08 Nov
-
10 Nov
Event finished
15 Nov
-
17 Nov
Event finished
Kart WEC
08 Nov
-
10 Nov
Event finished
12 Dec
-
14 Dec
FP1 in
21 days
Supercars
08 Nov
-
10 Nov
Event finished
22 Nov
-
24 Nov
Practice 1 in
1 day
Formula E
R
Diriyah E-prix I
22 Nov
-
22 Nov
Practice 1 in
1 day
R
Diriyah ePrix II
23 Nov
-
23 Nov
Practice 3 in
2 days

Le Mans test day: Alonso tops morning session for Toyota

shares
comments
Le Mans test day: Alonso tops morning session for Toyota
By:
Jun 3, 2018, 11:05 AM

Fernando Alonso held a narrow advantage for Toyota at the top of the Le Mans 24 Hours test day times when the opening session was stopped early as a result of a major accident.

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Fernando Alonso
#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez, Fernando Alonso, Anthony Davidson
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Fernando Alonso
#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez, Fernando Alonso, Anthony Davidson
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Fernando Alonso, Jose Maria Lopez, Anthony Davidson
#32 United Autosports Ligier JSP217 Gibson: Juan Pablo Montoya
#11 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1: Jenson Button
#68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Joey Hand, Dirk Müller
#92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor, Dirk Werner

The #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid held an advantage of just under four tenths clear when the four-hour morning session was red-flagged with approximately 50 minutes to go after Marco Sorensen crashed his Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

The Dane went off following contact with Harrison Newey in the SMP Racing Dallara-Gibson P217 on the fast run between Mulsanne and Indianapolis corners. 

Sorensen was transported to the circuit medical centre for precautionary checks and was subsequently released. 

Alonso's session-topping time of 3m21.468s compared with second placed Thomas Laurent's 3m21.828s in the #3 Rebellion R-13-Gibson.

The best of the non-hybrid privateer LMP1 entries ended up three tenths ahead of the #7 Toyota, which finished with a 3m22.187s in the hands of Mike Conway. 

The second of the two Rebellion privateer P1s took fourth in the times with a 3m23.595s from Bruno Senna. 

The two SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1s and the ByKolles ENSO CLM-Nissan P1/01 were the only other P1s to set representative times over the opening hours of testing. 

G-Drive Racing reserve driver Alexandre Imperatori led the way in LMP2 in the team's lead Oreca-Gibson 07 run in conjunction with the TDS Racing squad. 

The Swiss driver posted a time of 3m30.176s, which put him seven tenths up on Pau-Loup Chatin in the IDEC Sport Oreca.

Chip Ganassi Racing's quartet of Ford GTs locked out the top positions in GTE Pro.

The British-entered #67 entry was quickest on a 3m55.008s from Andy Priaulx, which put it nine tenths up on the sister #66 WEC entry with Stefan Mucke at the wheel.

Best of the rest was the #91 Porsche 911 RSR, running in a retro livery inspired by the Rothmans-liveried Group C cars of the 1980s, with a 3m54.713s lap from Gianmaria Bruni.

Flashback: Le Mans 1987

Keita Sawa was quickest in GTE Am in the Clearwater Ferrari 488 GTE on a 3m58.569s.

Le Mans officials are trying to begin the afternoon session half an hour at 1330 local time.

Next article
SMP LMP1 aero changes for Le Mans revealed

Previous article

SMP LMP1 aero changes for Le Mans revealed

Next article

Le Mans test day: Alonso stays on top in afternoon

Le Mans test day: Alonso stays on top in afternoon
Load comments