Rebellion edge closer, but Toyota remain on top at the end of the Prologue

The LMP1 non-hybrid runners edged closer to Toyota in the first session of the final day of testing at Circuit de Catalunya.

Rebellion lowered the initial split time from 1.6 seconds to less than a second with Gustavo Menezes posting a time of 1:30.110 in the #3 Rebellion R13, less than half a second behind Toyota, Mike Conway setting the sessions's best time of 1:29.623. Brendon Hartley finished second in the #8 car, quickly getting up to speed in the Toyota, which the Kiwi driver stated, is "very different to drive to the Porsche" due to the different way's the two cars deploy their Hybrid boost. Charlie Robertson put the #5 Ginetta into fifth place with a 1:31.006.

In session two, all six cars improved again with the lowering temperatures. Jose Maria Lopez set the fastest time of the session in the #7 Toyota, just 0.046 seconds quicker than Kazuki Nakajima in the #8. Gustavo Menezes improved to within just three tenths of Lopez's time in the #1 Rebellion and Formula 2 star, Luca Ghiotto in the #6 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 went two tenths faster than the #3 Rebellion to claim fourth spot. Most importantly however, all six cars were less than 1.1 seconds apart at the end of the final session. A good sign of things to come this season? We will find out at Silverstone later in August.

Racing Team Nederland led the way in LMP2 during the first session of the day, dropping under the 1m 33s barrier with Nico Lapierre just over a tenth behind in the Cool Racing Oreca. The session was briefly red flagged following a minor crash for the #47 Cetilar Racing Dallara which hit the barriers at Turn 4 with Roberto Lacorte behind the wheel. De Vries again led the way in the final session of the test, beating Paul Di Resta in the United Autosport Oreca in the final moments of the session.

Just 14 of the 30 entries ran in the final session with the majority of teams opting to pack up early with both teams and drivers required in Belgium for the 24 Hours of Spa this weekend. None of the GTE-Pro cars ran in the final session with the majority of the GTE-Am class also absence. AF Corse topped the session, Miguel Molina posting a time of 1:43.593, beating the #92 Porsche 911 RSR-10 by less than half a tenth. Aston Martin finished the session approx. 1.5 seconds behind with a time of 1:44.953.

And finally wrapping up GTE-Am, Team Project 1 finished 1-2 in class, Matteo Cairoli leading the way in the #57 from #56 whilst Ben Barker made it a Porsche 1-2-3 in the Gulf Racing machine. The #88 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR topped the final session but was unable to best the time set by Cairoli in session three.