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Tuesday dawned sunny but the skies soon became somewhat overcast although temperatures here were pushing out of the late teens by lunchtime.
The track action started at 09:00 on the dot and while we are of course reporting times, remember that this is mandatory testing, teams will be running through their own testing program which may or may not include outright speed, but likely will not.
- Of the two tyre manufacturers, the Dunlop shod cars appeared to be adapting better to the track conditions overall.
- Nic Jonsson was the fastest of the morning’s runners in the #40 Krohn Racing, running their new Nissan engine with a lap of 1:48.100 (192.9 kph) set on the 36th lap. He & Olivier Pla share share driving duties this week with driver and Principal Tracy Krohn remaining in the US. In an effort to streamline logistics this season, technical support transport and basic car management will be provided to the team by Greaves Motorsport.
- The fastest LMP3 of the morning was Duqunine Engineering‘s #19 with a time of 1:54.191, just 0.5s behind the LMP2 of SRT41 by Oak Racing.
- And talking of SRT41, while not an official entrant in the series, how nice it is to see this year’s Garage 56 entry here testing the car and chat to Frédéric Sausset a man who seems to let nothing stand in his way – Bravo!
- AF Corse set the morning’s time to beat for the LM GTE class (1:57.304) with the #27 Ferrari 458 Italia.
- New-to-ELMS team Beechdean‘s #99 Aston Martin Vantage LM GTE rounded out the morning’s times with a 2:01.782 lap some 4.2 kph slower than the slowest Ferrari.
- In the afternoon sessions Pierre Thiriet took the fastest LMP2 lap setting a time of 1:48.297 in the Oreca 05 Nissan & Alex Brundle took LMP3 honours in the afternoon session with a 1:53.919. The #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari took honours for LM GTE setting a 1:57.622, 0.3s slower than the fastest of the class in the morning session.
- The day’s first red flag came out when Eric Maris left the track and hit the barrier hard enough with the rear of his Oak Racing Ligier JSP3 to break the gearbox casing. Maris was taken to the Medical Centre and then to the local hospital for checks.
- The second red was for the #26 SRT41 car which stopped on track half way through the afternoon session with Frédéric Sausset at the wheel; he and the car returning to the pits without damage.
- Neither the #20 Duqueine Engineering nor the #33 Eurasia Motorsport entries ran in the second session.
- In the evening session (19:00-21:00) Stefano Coletti in the SMP Racing BR01 and Simon Dolan in the G-Drive #Mighty38 Gibson 015s traded places throughout for the fastest lap with the flag finally dropping on Coletti with a 1:48.745, 0.47s faster than Dolan.