Image: Jason Gore

Image Credit: Jason Gore

The sun sets fast in these parts, and it was in the gathering night that the second Free Practice session took place under full colour-popping floodlights. One benefit of these conditions, which of course also apply to the race, is that the heat of the day starts to dip (barely!) to a balmy 25c.

With the Audi Sport Team Joest cars raising a challenge in the first session, it was both the Driver’s Championship elect Porsche 919 Hybrid #2 of Leib/Dumas/Jani (1:39.817) and out-going Champions in the #1 that took a firm hold at the front of the field. Not deterred the #8 Audi R18 of Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis held third with 1:40.400, irrespective of futures these guys are here for one thing, the top step.  Just 2-tenths behind them (in fourth) are the #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing crew of Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi the team with the best shot at upsetting the #2 crews chances of a Drviers World Championship..

Seemingly the #2 Porsche has recovered from its lost pace of the previous two rounds, lets hope they understand why and it continues to show form into the race.

Image Credit: John Stevens
Image Credit: John Stevens

On their final outing in the LMP1 category the #13 Rebellion Racing guys continue to have the better of #4 ByKolles which continues to stay just ahead of the gathering LMP2 field, which of course will gain pace over this winter.

LMP2 sees the G-Drive Racing #26 team (1:50.056)  just outpacing the anointed champions in the #36 Signatech Alpine (1:50.444).  3rd in this sizzling category the Manor Racing #44 Oreca of Bradley/Rao/Lynn 1:51.023 lets hope this team gets a final round reward for their season-long endurance.

Image Credit: John Stevens
Image Credit: John Stevens

In GTE-Pro where BoP chaos reigns, the two Aston Martin Racing cars #95 & #97 lead comfortably with 1:57.226 & 1:57.233 respectively. Next fastest is the #67 Ford GT 1:59.168 pursued furiously by the two AF Corse Ferrari 488s.

Image Credit: John Stevens
Image Credit: John Stevens

In GTE-Am the Aston Martin #98 of Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda continues to make every effort to overcome the AF Corse 458 #83 of Perrodo/Collard/Aguas which just needs a reasonable finish to claim the championship. Nice to see them separated in this session by the Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette of Ragues/Taylor/Brandela

@FIAWEC Free Practice 2 Times
@FIAWEC Free Practice 2 Times