While Toyota was expected to run away at Spa, the relative performance to the non-hybrid LMP1 cars was closer than initially thought, which seemed to point back to testing at Paul Ricard where the early times set by Toyota were recorded whilst both TS050 Hybrids were running unrestricted fuel-flow while testing a new cooling system.
The performance between LMP1 hybrid and non-hybrid prototypes will be adjusted via an Equivalence of Technology (EoT) process this season. With Toyota effectively running unabated during the early part of testing, it lead some to believe that the 4.3 second gap back to the number 11 SMP Racing BR1 wasn’t indicative of the true performance of the non-hybrid cars.
Gustavo Menezes lead the first of the non-hybrid LMP1 entries to round out the top three in the number 3 Rebellion ahead of the number 10 Dragonspeed entry of Henrik Hedman and number 1 Rebellion sister entry of Neel Jani.
Both Ginetta entries were confined to the garages for the entire session with little activity happening around them.
Roberto Gonzales lead the LMP2 fraternity in the second-tier Dragonspeed entry ahead of the number 36 Signatech Alpine Matmut entry of Andre Negrao and Andrea Pizzitola in the number 26 G-Drive.
LMGTE Pro was dominated early by the Chip Gannasi, Ford GT’s of Indy star Tony Kanaan and Olovier Pla in the number 67 and 66 entries respectively, followed by recent Ferrari defector, Gianmaria Bruni in the number number 91 Porsche.
Giorgio Roda made a good start for Dempsey Proton Racing by taking top LMGTE Am top spot in the number 88 Porsche ahead of Ben Barker in the number 86 Gulf racing Porsche, who was bookended by the sister Dempsey Proton entry of Julien Andlauer.
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