have dominated the first third of the 2018 FIA Prologue test with a five-second margin over the nearest non-hybrid LMP1 entry SMP Racing.

 

With the first day of testing at Paul Ricard now over for the majority of the teams, fifteen teams will continue running throughout the night in preparation for Le Mans.

 

The number 8 entry of Mike Conway, was the quickest of the HYBRID ‘s with a 1:32.662 early in the day’s running, to lead the sister car of Anthony Davidson by a little under two seconds. Davidson was testing the low-drag aero kit in preparation for the opening WEC round at Spa next month, cutting220 laps in the first eight hours of testing.

 

Behind Toyota the six Privateer LMP1s were headed by the number 11 BR1 AER entry of Mikhail Aleshin, recording a time of 1:38.128, one-hundredth of a second ahead of the team’s sister entry.

 

Rounding out the top five was the Rebellion Racing R-13, recording 1:38.469 after a total of 84 laps. The sole Swiss entry led the number 10 DragonSpeed BR1 and the number 6 CEFC TRS Racing G60-LT-P1 Ginetta in seventh, while the updated ByKolles CLM P1/01 Nissan rounded out the top eighth fastest time. CEFC’s sister entry, only managed one installation lap after a water leak and have opted to switch its programme to overnight duties.

 

In LMP2, DragonSpeed’s ORECA 07 Gibson of Pastor Maldonado dominated the timesheets over the first eight hours with a best time of 1:40.771, leading the TDS Racing ORECA 07 of Nicolas Lapierre and Signatech Alpine A460 of Loic Duval. Racing Team Nederland’s Dallara rounded out the top three in the hands of Giedo van der Garde.

 

 

Porsche and Ford traded times at the top of GTE Pro throughout the day until the number 91 911 RSR of Richard Lietz edged out the number 67 Ford GT of Any Priaulx and the number 66 sister Ford entry. BMW concentrated on endurance, with the number 81, M8 GTE completing 200 laps.

 

Porsche continued their dominance in GTE Am, with new the Gulf Racing UK 911 RSR heading the class with a 1:53.769 in the hands of Porsche stalwart Ben Barker. Gulf Racing were followed the Dempsey roton 911 RSR and the older-spec TF Sport Vantage GTE of Charlie Eastwood and Euan Hankey.

 

The running will continue overnight and throughout tomorrow – concluding at 4pm local time in France.

 

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