Sunday’s three-hour morning session started just as the rain stopped, but of course, was on a wet track. By the time the session finished at midday, the warmth had returned to the northern Italian circuit, the track had dried and Porsche’s Neel Jani set the pace for the morning with a 1:32.020, set on lap 48 edging out Brendon Hartley in the #2 sister car by a mere 0.004 seconds.
The Porsche team spent much of this morning’s session testing the hybrid system and running laps under electric power hence it was never a likely outcome that any of their cars would surpass Mike Conway’s pace-setting 1:31.332 set on Saturday afternoon’s pre-rain session.
Despite initial conditions, all the cars present ventured out and set times with the exception of the #4 ByKolles Racing ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO, the Austrian-badged team choosing to pack up early following significant issues (including a rear wing-related failure) on Saturday.
TDS Racing’ #28 Oreca 07 Gibson set the pace in LMP2 under the control of Matthieu Vaxviere, while Frenchman Kevin Estre clocked in a 1:47.507 to again top GTE-Pro in the #92 Porsche 911 RSR, nearly 2s faster than the slowest Pro car, the #95 Aston Martin Vantage (1:49.320).
In the GTE-Am category, Miguel Molina in the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE was the pace-setter with a best lap time of 1:49.843.
One three-hour session remains today which will close out the two-day test with the next appearance on track of the WEC cars the the UK’s home of motorsport, Silverstone in two-weeks time.