With nearly ten hours under our belt 2018’s Prologue has now entered the night running phase and there’s still another twenty hours to run before the test completes on Saturday. Of the 35 cars entered for the test only thirteen are running through the night; five LMP1s, no LMP2s, and four each in GTE Pro and Am.
The #8 Toyota TS050 – Hybrid still tops the timing sheets with its fastest lap set much earlier in the day and has now been garaged until Saturday with just the #7 still running. Both Toyotas were running different bodywork with the #8 running the high downforce aero and #7 the Le Mans version.
the two SMP BR Engineering BR1 LMP1s are the first of the non-hybrids behind the two Toyotas followed by the third BR1 of Dragonspeed, Bykolles Racing Team’s CLM, Rebellion’s Rebellion R13 – Gibson and the class is rounded out by the two Ginetta Ginetta G60-LT-P1 chassis.
Oreca 07 chassis still lock out the top of the LMP2 tables with Dragonspeed holding a half second gap over the TDS Racing car. Third is the Alpine badged Oreca of Signatech Alpine Matmut with Racing Team Nederland leap-frogging the two JAckie Chan DC Racing cars to put their Dallara into fourth spot while still running an evaluation program on both Michelin and Dunlop tyres this weekend. None of the LMP2 positions will change overnight as there are no cars running the overnight session.
Moving on to the GTE Pro class, the two factory Porsche 911 RSRs hold the top two spots with the #91 car having a quater second gap of its sister #92. Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK hold third (#67) and fourth (#66) spots with fifth going to the first of the AF Corse Ferraris, the #51 of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado. The #97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage AMR has moved up to sixth place with the #71 Ferrari in seventh.
The #77 Dempsey – Proton Racing 911 leads the GTE Am pack by the smallest of margins (0.070s) over the Team Project 1 RSR, both of which are lapping quicker then the Pro #82 BMW Team MTEK M8 GTE. The Porsche top three is rounded out by the Gulf Racing car of Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Alexander Davison. Snapping at the Porsche’s heels are the two older model Aston Martin Vantages of Aston Martin Racing and TF Sport – both of which have stopped for the night. The class is rounded out by the three Ferrari 488s of MR Racing, Spirit of Race and Clearwater Racing, all of which are run by AF Corse.