Toyota Top Final Test

Once again, Toyota Gazoo Racing topped the time sheets, Sebastien Buemi setting the overall fastest time of the day in the second session with a time of 3:19.440 in the #8 car. For comparison, the fastest lap of the test weekend in 2018 was 3:19.066.

The #8 was just over a second quicker than the #7 car which finished second and 2.7 seconds clear of the non-hybrid privateer #1 Rebellion. It’s early days however, the fastest times will mean nothing until the first qualifying session next week. What is important to note however, is that the two Rebellions and two SMP’s were running within a second of each other which promises a good battle during the race.

DragonSpeed were having issues most of the day, only clocking up 31 laps in eight hours of track time. The team had issues with ride hight and the gearbox but were confident of getting everything resolved for the main event.

Ho Pin Tung set the fastest laps in LMP2 in the Afternoon session, posting a 3:28.504 in the final laps of running. This put the #31 DragonSpeed Oreca second, Maldonado setting a time of 3:28.769 whilst Nico Lapierre put the #36 Signatech Alpine third.

Corvette Racing led the way in GTE Pro, Mike Rockenfeller setting a time of 3:54.001 in the #63 C7.R. The #67 Ford split the two Corvettes to take second place but it was a close fought battle throughout the afternoon. The top 15 cars in GTE-Pro all finished within 1.2 seconds of each other.

It wasn’t all clean running however as a few cars suffered issues throughout the day. The #95 Aston Martin lost a significant amount of time with an electrical issue which caused the red flags in the morning session as Marco Sorensen rolled to a stop at Porsche Curves. Oliver Jarvis, having flown straight from Detroit stopped out on track at the first chicane in the Risi Competizione Ferrari bringing out a short safety car period.

It was American Team, WeatherTech Racing who finished on top in GTE Am, Toni Vilander topping the ranks with a time of 3:56.862. The top five contenders in GTE Am were all Ferrari’s. The #61 Clearwater 488 took second ahead of the #54 Spirit of Race car whilst the #57 Car Guy Racing and #60 Kessel Racing cars rounded out the top five.