DKR Engineering took the only Norma M 30 Nissan LMP3 to the top of the timing sheets in the first Free Practice session here at Italy’s Autodromo Nationale at Monza.
In a session punctuated with two red flags, Jean GLORIEUX took the Luxembourg team’s prototype to a fastest lap of 1:47.000 (how many times to we get an exact second lap time?), 0.305 ahead of Colin NOBLE in the #79 Nielsen Racing Ligier JS P3 Nissan. Scott ANDREWS closed out the top three with a 1:47.790 in the #43 KEO Racing Ligier.
In the GT3 class, Flick HAIGH set the target clocking in at 1:50.992, putting the #75 Optimum Racing Audi R8 LMS firmly into the middle of the prototype times. Emanuele BUSNELLI was hard on her heels in the #46 Ebimotors Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 0.038s behind. Ram Racing regular Tom ONSLOW COLE took the team’s #5 Mercedes AMG GT3 to third fastest of the session with a 1:51.133.
The session was red-flagged early on when the #7 Lee Mowle Mercedes AMG GT3, in the hands of Phil KEEN, caught fire in the pitlane putting the car out for the remainder of the session.