Kazuki Nakajima led a 1-2 stream roller in Thursday practice for the , eager to end their four-year battle with Porsche in the ascendency.

 

Jose Maria Lopez held sway during the first part of opening practice in the number 7 TS050 Hybrid and traded times throughout most of Thursday until Nakajima’s 1 min 40.09 second lap gave the number 8 TS050 Hybrid the eventual top spot, with Brendon Hartley (in the number 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid) a further tenth off Lopez in in third and the sister car of Nick Tandy taking fourth.

 

It was a similar story in LMP2, with Vaillante Rebellion finishing 1-2, with Bruno Senna pleading the way in the championship-leading 31 Oreca with a 1:47.664, six tenths ahead of team mate Nelson Piquet. The number 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA finishing by edging Signatech Alpine with a 1:49.022.

 

Aston Martin Racing continued the Noah’s Ark theme by finishing 1-2 in GTE Pro, with the number 97 entry of Darren Turner putting four-tenth between himself and Marco Sorensen in number 95 entry

 

Matt Griffin headed GTE-Am in the Clearwater Racing Ferrari – psychologically damaging the rest of the AM field with a sub two-minute time in the 61 Ferrari 488 GTE. The Spirit of Race Ferrari was second, with the Aston Martin Racing Vantage third, while Dempsey Proton ensured a tough FP2 last and close to a second off the pace.

 

Free Practice 3 kicks off Friday at 11:20 a.m. local time and qualifying at 5:00 p.m.

 

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