After heading the times in each FP session this weekend, Nicolas Lapierre again proved he was the man to beat taking the #21 Drgonspeed Oreca to Pole Position for tomorrow’s European Le Mans Series 4h of Le Castellet race; the Frenchman clocking in a 1:52.761 which put him 0.145s ahead of Leo Roussel in the sister #22 G-Drive Racing sponsored Oreca.
Enzo Guibbert took the third spot on the grid pushing his #39 Graff Oreca to a 1:53.051. Despite showing promise and heading the times early on, young Russin Matevos Isaakyan could only manage 4th pushing the SMP Racing Dallara P217 to a 1:53.19.
Filipe Albuqeurque will start fifth tomorrow in the #32 United Autosports Ligier with the #47 CETILAR VILLORBA CORSE Dallara of Italians Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi starting sixth.
Moving on to LMP3, Ross Kaiser set a 2:02.186 to take the #6 360 Racing Ligier to the front of the class grid, pipping fellow Briton Alex Kapadia in the RLR M-Sport Liger by 0.3s. The #18 Ligier of M.RACING – YMR took the third class grid spot with Alexandre Cougnaud’s 2:02.608 putting him 0.21s ahead of his teammate Yann Ehrlacher in the #19 Norma.
United Autosport’s Sean Rayhall put the #2 Ligier he shares with fellow American John Falb into fifth spot and sixth went to Ricky Capo who overcame early FP tyre issues to set a 2:02.951 lap in the #12 EUROINTERNATIONAL Ligier.
In the GTE class it was Irish ace Matt Griffin who took pole honours in the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE setting a 2:04.202. Young Italian Matteo Cairoli pushed his ageing Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR over every kerb and corner but could get close than 0.3s from Griffin’s time having to settle for a still respectable second grid spot. Third on the grid went to Andrea Bertolini in the #51 sister Spirit of Race Ferrari jus 0.01s behind Cairoli.
Johny Cocker went off in the #66 JMW Ferrari and despite a good recovery could only manage a 2:04.779 to take fourth spot. The final two spots being taken by the #90 TF Sport and #99 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantages respectively.