NO.50, RICHARD MILLE RACING TEAM, Oreca 07 - Gibson, Katherine Legge (USA), Tatiana Calderon (COL) 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Collective Tests, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

Day two kicked off much as day one weather-wise under clear blue skies, however, the day was marred when Katherine Legge suffered a very bad accident losing control of her #50 Richard Mille backed Oreca LMP2 on the exit to Signes and impacted the barriers at 11.39am. Katherine, who was conscious the whole time, was taken to the circuit medical centre, after her extraction from the car and was reported to have a broken bone in her lower left leg and a broken right wrist. Her medical situation was not life threatening and she was flown to Saint Anne hospital in Toulon for surgery. The session was not restarted. 

NO.21, DRAGONSPEED, Oreca 07 – Gibson, Mémo Rojas (MEX), Ben Hanley (GBR), Ryan Cullen (GBR) 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Collective Tests, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

In the morning session, times tumbled as Ben Hanley set the fastest time in the #21 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 of 1:38.824. Will Owen took his #32 United Autosports Oreca to a 1:39.642 to claim second spot and James Allan rounded out the top three spots setting a 1:39.872 in the #9 Graff. 

NO.2, UNITED AUTOSPORTS, Ligier JS P320 – Nissan, Wayne Boyd (GBR), Tom Gamble (GBR), Robert Wheldon (GBR) 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Collective Tests, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

The LMP3 class was dominated by the new Ligiers which took the top five places. Fastest of the bunch was again Wayne Boyd in the #2 United Autosports car. Danish newcomer Malthe Jacobsen took second spot in the #15 RLR Msport car he share’s with James Dayson setting a 1:48.362 and the top three was rounded out by David Droux in the #8 Realteam Racing Liger setting a session best of 1:48.916. 

NO.77, DEMPSEY – PROTON RACING, Porsche 911 RSR, Christian Ried (DEU), Michele Beretta (ITA), Alessio Picariello 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Collective Tests, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

In the GTE AM class, the # 77 Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR ended the session at the top of the pile with Alessio Picariello setting a 1:52.099 on lap six. Kessel Racing’s #74 Ferrari F488 GTE EVO took second spot in the hands of Nicola Cadei who set a 1:52.590. Aston Martin’s regular WEC VANTAGE AMR AM car took third spot with Ross Gunn clocking in a 1:52.724. 

NO.32, UNITED AUTOSPORTS, Oreca 07 – Gibson, William Owen (USA), Alex Brundle (GBR), Job Van Uitert (NLD) 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Collective Tests, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

The afternoon session started one hour early at 13h00 local due to the accident suffered by Katherine Legge, giving the teams five hours of running in total. United Autosports topped both the session times and the entire test times when Alex Brundle set a 1:38.158 on lap 48 in the team’s #32 Oreca 07. Teammate Filipe Albuquerque was just 0.289s behind setting a 1:38.447 in the sister #22 car. Dutchman Nyck De Vries rounded out the top three in the #26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 setting a best time of 1:38.516. 

NO.11, EUROINTERNATIONAL, Ligier JS P320 – Nissan, Paolo Brajnik (SRB), Leonard Hoogenboom (NLD) 2020 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) Collective Tests, Le Castellet, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

Eurointernational topped the LMP3 timesheet when Nico Kari set a 1:47.957 in the team’s #11 Ligier JSP320. The #3 United Autosports took second spot with a 1:48.151 from Duncan Tappy and the sister #2 car rounded out a Ligier whitewash of the top three spots with a 1:48.565. The fastest Duqueine M30 D08 was the #7 car of Colin Noble who’s 1:49.046 was enough to claim fifth spot. 

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