Henrik Hedman topped the time sheets in the #21 DragonSpeed ORECA in the first of the season’s Bronze driver tests this afternoon at the Paul Ricard Circuit in southern France.
Unusually for this week, the entire session was dry with the sun making occasional appearances through broken clouds and the Swedish team-owner clocked in a 1:44.767 followed by François Perrodo in the #33 TDS Racing ORECA half a second behind. Rounding out the top three was Italian Roberto Lacorte in the #47 Cetilar Villorba Corse Dallara P217.
Kay Van Berlo took honours in the LMP3 class setting a 1:52.587 in the #11 Eurointernational Ligier JSP3. Almost a second behind the fast charging Dutchman was Alexey Chuklin in the #5 NEFIS by Speed Factory Ligier while Martin Hippe rounded out the class top three in the #13 Inter Europol Competition car.
Fastest of the GTE drivers was Gianluca Roda in the #88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR setting a respectable 1:56.991. He was followed by Duncan Cameron in the #55 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE with a1:57.110 and third was Frenchman Raymond Narac in the #80 Ebimotors 911 RSR.
Around 10 minutes before the end of the test Mike Wainwright in the one-off entered #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR had an extended wait in the live side of the pitlane as he waited for the AF Corse mechanics to run down the pitlane and push back Tracy Krohn who had missed his pit by two boxes and ended up stopped at the Gulf Racing box!