Toyota Lead At The Barcelona Prologue

The #7 and #8 Toyota's traded fastest lap times in the opening two sessions of the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in what was predominantly a Toyota 1-2 throughout the day.

Toyota are running the latest updated version of the TS050 in what will be it's final season of racing ahead of the new regulations to be introduced for the 2020/2021 season. Jose Maria Lopez led the way early on, posting a 1:29.991 in the #7 car despite strong competition from Sebastien Buemi in the #8 who went 0.267 slower in the final half hour of the first session. The second session was led by Kazuki Nakajima with a time of 1:30.114. Kobayashi was just 0.066 seconds off the pace come the end of the session. The second session was broken up by an hour long red flag caused by broken curbing in sector two.

Rebellion finished third and fourth in both sessions, however are running closer than ever to the two Toyotas, finishing the second session within a second of the fastest time, Bruno Senna posting a 1:31.073. It was a slow start for Ginetta in the morning session with only one of the two Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT P1 AER's hitting the track to complete just 15 laps with Stephane Sarrazin behind the wheel. Sarrazin is one of eight drivers testing the two Ginetta's this week ahead of the full season pairings being announced. Mathias Beche briefly took third in class in session two but the time was deleted towards the end of the session. Ginetta finished the first day 1.7 seconds behind the leading Toyota.

It was a strong day of running in LMP2 for the United Autosport Oreca 07 of Paul Di Resta Philip Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque in their first outing in the new Oreca following a late switch from the Ligier JSP217. Paul di Resta led both sessions whilst the positions behind them chopped and changed. Thomas Laurent took second late in the day in the Signatech Alpine A470 Gibson whilst Jackie Chan DC Racing and Cool Racing came home third and fourth in the times.

AF Corse topped the time sheets in GTE-Pro, Alessandro Pier Guidi leading the way in the #51 car in session one with Miguel Molina claiming the top step in session two in the #71. Molina was just 0.089 seconds ahead of the second place #92 Porsche, indicating the class is as competitive as ever.

Team Project 1 return with two cars this season in GTE-Am and led the way from the start. Despite an early red flag incident for David Heinemeier Hansson at Turn 9, the team finished at the top of the times in session one. Matteo Cairoli led the way for the team in session two, despite a late challenge from Bergmeister, the #57 car topped the leaderboards by just three-hundredths of a second.