Kamui Kobayashi lead the way at La Sarthe during the first Free Practice session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans as cars took to Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time.

 

 

It was a 1-2 for the Japanese manufacturer, despite being split for the majority of the session by the number 3 Rebellion R-13 until Sébastien Buemi put the slotted the number 8 TS050 into second and 5 tenths on Kobayashi’s best time.

 

Thomas Laurent time in the number 3 Rebellion was a mere 7-tenths away from the ’s best, suggesting we could have a race on our hands come Saturday. Fourth was Ben Hanley in the number 10 DragonSpeed BR1 Gibson.

 

The number 26 G-Drive Oreca topped LMP2 in the hands of Jean-Eric Vergne with a time of 3:26.529 ahead of Paul-Loup Chatin in the number 48 Idec Sport Oreca  and the number 28 TDS Racing entry. Oreca rounded out the top five positions with the number 31 Dragonspeed and number 39 completed the quintet.

 

Porsche dominated the GTE-Pro class 1-2-3, with Patrick Pilet topping the order in the number 93 Porsche 911 RSR while the number 66 Ford GT and number 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE were fourth and fifth respectively. Pilet’s time of 3:50.121 wasclose to a second better than its team mates,

 

Dempsey-Proton Racing and Matteo Cairoli topped the GTE-Am category with a quickest time of 3:52.903 which put the number 88 Porsche 911 RSR.

 

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