Ben Hanley in the #21 DRAGONSPEED Oreca 07 - Gibson LMP2.

Less than 1/16th of a second separated the three fastest cars in the first of this week’s European Le Mans Series Official Test sessions Tuesday morning. Ben Hanley topped the tables setting a respectable 1:37.834 in the #21 Dragonspeed Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2. Matthew McMurry brought the Algarve Pro Ligier JSP217 in just 0.14s behind setting a 1:37.975 with Ryo Hirakawa closing out the top three fastest times in the G-Drive Oreca 1:37.989. 

No. 49 HIGH CLASS RACING Dallara P217 – Gibson

The fastest of the Dallaras was the #49 High Class Racing P217 which, in the hands of Dennis Andersen set a 1:39.071, enough to place it eighth fastest of the session.

In the LMP3 category AT Racing set the pace with Alexander Talkanitsa clocking in at 1:45.813 a mere 0.002s ahead of Giorgio Mondini in the #11 Eurointernational car. Wayne Boyd, in his second season in the United Autosports Ligier JS P3 took the metaphorical third step with a 1:46.043. 

No.10 OREGON TEAM Norma M 30 – Nissan

Davide Roda in the #10 Oregon Racing LMP3 set the fastest time for the Norma M-30 chassis with a 1:47.481 to take tenth spot. 

No. 90 TF Sport Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE

ELMS rookie Salih Yoluc and TF Sport topped the tables in the GTE class with the Turkish driver clocking up 53 laps and a fastest time of 1:48.720 in his Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Next up was Ross Gunn in the Beechdeam AMR Vantage half a second behind with a 1:49.237 fastest lap. The fastest Ferrari F488 GTE was the #51 Spirit of Race car driven by Giorgio Roda, setting a 1:50.972 to take third spot in the class. 

No. 66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 GTE

Jody Fannin in the ageing JMW Ferrari 458 GTE set a respectable 1:51.086 to finish up fifth fastest, just behind Beechdean’s Darren Turner (1:51.015)