Series newcomer Iron Lynx topped opening practice at Monza to begin Ferrari’s Endurance Cup title defence in perfect fashion.

Antonio Fuoco registered a 1m46.674s early in the 90-minute session and remained well clear for the duration. The Italian squad completed significant morning running, with Davide Rigon and Callum Ilott also taking turns at the wheel of the #71 Ferrari 488 GT3.

The CMR Bentley was second overall and fastest among the Pro-Am runners. French ace Nelson Panciatici set the time – a 1m47.142s – in the #107 car he shares with Gilles Vannelet and Stuart White. The #163 Emil Frey Lamborghini was third thanks to a 1m47.183s from Albert Costa.

Philip Elis was fourth overall in the #57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG, topping the Silver Cup class in the process. The same make of car completed the top-five, with Maro Engel fifth in the freshly liveried #4 HRT machine. Seven different brands were among the top-10, with Audi, Porsche and BMW also showing strong early pace.