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.
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.
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.
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.
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)