The #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Conway and Kobayashi again set the bar in a session shortened by two red flags (Kevin Estre’s Porsche #92 911 RSR and David Heinemeier-Hansson in the #13 Vaillante Rebellion, who got stuck on the grass after a spin) and a FCY.
This time it was Kobayashi who set the time to beat, the Japanese driver clocking in a 1:59.415 to put him half a second ahead of the Timo Bernhard’s Porsche 919 Hybrid. The German set the time on the second of only six laps the car ran this session. The #1 Porsche 919 closed out the top three with André Lotterer setting a 1:57.045. The ByKolles machine made it out for the second session in a row with Oliver Webb putting in nine laps, however, the car remained nearly 8s off the pace.
The CEFC Manor TRS Racing Orecas took the top two spots in the LMP2 class, the #24 clocking in a time of 2:02.662 in the hands of Jean-Eric Vergne, closely followed by Vitaly Petrov in the sister #25 car with a time of 2:03.083. The morning’s fastest car, the #36 Signatech Alpine closed out the LMP2 top three.
In GTE Pro, the #95 Aston Martin Racing made a welcome return to the top of the pile with Marco Sorenson setting a 2:16.458 putting him two-tenths ahead of the #92 Porsche 911 RSR despite Kevin Estre’s best attempt to turn it into a kit car. As with the LMP2 class, the morning session’s fasted car, the #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT, closed out the top three in class.
The Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE topped out the GTE Am category with Miguel Molina locking in a 2:17.806. The #98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage was a tenth behind and Gulf Racing UK’s Porsche 911 RSR (991) closed out the top three.