Porsche finished the first practice for the in the top two spots after Andre Lotterer set a best time of 1m27.026s on a drying track.

 

The number two Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard was six-tenth off Lotterer’s best with Toyota third and fourth as they strive to reduce the points gap in title hunt.

 

LMP2 was headed by Signatech Alpine after Gustavo Menezes punched in a 1m34.715s lap. His time was eventually beaten by teammate Nicolas Lapierre who posted a 1m34.556 on final lap of session ahead of the number 13 Vaillante Rebellion and the number 31 sister entry. The championship leading Jackie Chan DC Racing car suffererd alternator problems rarely emerged from the garage.

James Calado was fastest in LMGTE Pro in number 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, which was a mere 0.076s ahead of the number 91 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Frederic Makowiecki

 

Nicki Thiim made it three different manufacturers in the top three positions in LMGTE Pro in his Aston Martin, while Ben Barker’s was quickest for Gulf Racing on a 1m42.576s, only to be usurped eclipsed in the dying stages of practice by Matteo Cairoli in LMGTE Am with a 1m42.469s.

 

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