Toyota back in front in Free Practice 3

Toyota Gazoo Racing put its slow pace behind it as the Hybrid team locked out the top two positions on the timing sheet after dominating FP3 at Spa.

Having been down on pace in Thursday’s dry FP1, Kamui Kobayashi proved that was just a blip as he used the dry but cool session to obliterate last year’s qualifying time by three-tenths. His 1:54.105s was 2.2s quicker than the sister TS050 of Kazuki Nakajima which was more focused on race preparation than outright speed. SMP Racing once again proved to be the team to beat in the Privateer section of LMP1 as Egor Orudzhev set a 1:56.842 - half-a-second down on the #8 Toyota and the same margin up on Stoffel Vandoorne in the sister BR1. Rebellion Racing secured fifth and sixth, with ByKolles a distant seventh-in-class but behind all the LMP2 runners in the overall classification.

Jean-Eric Vergne topped the times in the secondary prototype class once again for G-Drive Racing as the Aurus badged Oreca team opened up a healthy 0.6s gap over the chasing Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07s. Will Stevens came out on top for the team, beating Gabriel Aubry to second by 1.004s.

Gianmaria Bruni topped GTE Pro for Porsche GT Team with his final flying lap of the 60-minute practice as he relegated Harry Tincknell’s Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT to second by 0.223s. The second Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Kevin Estre was third, ahead of the second Ford GT of Olivier Pla. Compared to Thursday’s running, Aston Martin Racing was off the pace in the final practice session, with Maxime Martin & Alex Lynn only seventh fastest in the #97 Vantage and the Dane Train of Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim ninth.

GTE Am was a Porsche lock-out as Matteo Cairoli headed his Dempsey-Proton Racing team-mate Matt Campbell by 0.190s. Team Project1 secured third, more than half-a-second clear of the TF Sport Aston Martin, which occupied the best of the non-Porsche entries in fourth.