Tuesday’s afternoon session saw more cars on track, but most ran fewer laps than they had in the morning session.
Toyota again topped the timing sheets with their brace of TS050s, however it was the #8 this time that took honours of the fastest lap with Kazuki Nakajima setting a 1:30.114 about halfway through the car’s run. Kamui Kobayashi was a mere 0.189s seconds behind in the sister #7 car.
As with the morning session, the two Rebellion’s took third and fourth spots in the timing sheet to make them the fastest of the non-hybrids and, like Toyota, the two cars swapped places in the afternoon.
Rebellion debutants Norman Nato and Filipe Nasr, both driving the #1 car set the fastest times for the Swiss team. Nato being the fastest stopping the clock at 1:31.073 on lap 13 with Nasr 0.12s behind him at 1:31.251.
Fastest in the sister #3 car was again Gustavo Menezes setting a time of 1:31.401, bettering his morning session time but 0.12s.
Following their slow start in the morning, both of the Team LNT Ginettas made it onto the track during the afternoon sessions and set competitive times.
The #5 completed 22 laps with Mathias Beche setting the fastest of those at 1:31.828 putting the car 1.7s behind the fastest Toyota. Mike Simpson in the #6 car was a mere 100th of a second behind Beche setting a time of 1:31.831.
Team LNT also ran Stephane Richelmi and Charlie Robertson in the #5 and Luca Ghiotto and Guy Smith in the #6. Fast Russian Egor Orudzhev was slated to drive the #5 but didn’t turn any laps.
In LMP2, Paul Di Resta again topped the times for United Autosports with a respectable 1:33.110 on lap 54 (of 62).
Thomas Laurent skipped his new Toyota testing duties today and set the fastest time for Signatech Alpine ELF’s Oreca 07, the Frenchman’s time of 1:33.407 putting the distinctive blue liveried car into second spot on the times.
Third fastest time of the afternoon session went to the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca with Gabriel Aubry setting a 1:34.168 lap.
Racing Team Nederland, running on the Good Year development tyres, ran the most laps of the session (92) but were the slowest car with a best laptime of only 1:35.115.
In GTE Pro the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO took the ‘top step’ with a time of 1:43.814 set by Miguel Molina. Michael Christensen in the #92 Porsche 911 RSR – 19 was second fastest, 0.089s behind Molina.
Gianmaria Bruni topped out the top three in the sister factory Porsche with a 1:44.082. The Aston Martin was again at the bottom of the timing sheet some 1.4s adrift of Molina’s time in the Ferrari.
Team Project 1 locked out the top two fastest slots in GTE Am, Matteo Cairoli again setting the fastest time in the #57 car (1:44.843) with Jorg Bergmiester 0.032s behind him in the #56. Giancarlo Fisichella finished off the top three for AF Corse setting a 1:45.145 in the #54 car.
Neither the #77 Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche of the #90 TF Sport Aston Martin ran laps during the session.