Saturday’s Free Practice 2 session started dry but within minutes the clouds moved in and the heaven opened sending the field scurrying into the pits for wet tyres.
Paul-Loup Chatin in the #28 IDEC Sport Oreca again set the fastest time overall with a 1:19.616 on lap 4 moments before the heavy rain began to fall, +0.134s ahead of Andrea Pizzitola in the #26 G-Drive Oreca. Next up was Norman Nato pushing the #24 Racing Engineering Oreca to a 1:19.832.
The first of the non-Oreca chassis was the #35 SMP Racing Dallara P217 which set a 1:20.952, +1.336s off the leading Oreca’s time. It was another bad session for the Ligiers with the fastest being the #32 United Autosports car which Hugo de Sadelleer set a 1:21.963 on lap 4.
In the LMP3 class there was nearly 13s separating 1st and last spot. Job van Uitert took his #15 RLR MSport Ligier JS P3 to the top of the table setting a 1:27.176 on lap 5. Second was David Droux in the #19 M. Racing – YMR, 0.604s off the Dutchman’s pace. Third fastest went to American Sean Rayhall who took the #2 United Autosports Ligier he shares with John Falb to a 1:28.486 lap. Yesterday’s fastest class car the #17 Ultimate finished the session in penultimate place after setting it’s best tine of 1:38.237 on lap 34.
Ferrari pipped Porsche in the LMGTE class with Matt Griffin setting a time of 1:29.845 in the #55 Spirit of Race car. Second was Dennis Olsen in the #77 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR followed by Fabio Babini in the Ebimotors 911 0.029s adrift with a 1:30.051. Yesterday’s class fastest, JMW Motorsport, finished the session in fourth place followed by the #88 Proton Competition and the #83 Krohn Racing Ferrari.