The #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid banked the fastest time in the session at the hands of Sebastien Buemi, lapping at a time of 2:19.483.
The sister #7 Toyota was second fastest, with Jose Maria Lopez banking a time of 2:20.865.
The LMP2, DragonSpeed logged the fastest time in class with a lap time of 2:27.682.
Aston Martin Racing and Dempsey Proton Racing went fastest in the GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes respectively. The #95 Vantage of Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim scored a lap time of 2:32.648, 3/10ths of a second faster than the sister #97 car driven by Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin.
The #77 Porsche 911 RSR went fastest in GTE-Am with a time of 2:34.093.
The session was marred by several incidents, four of which brought out the red flag and briefly halted track running.
Heavy rain at the beginning of the session forced race control to bring out the red flag early. Then, at 16:46 local time, SMP Racing’s Stephan Sarrazin crashed the #17 BR01 LMP1 into the barriers at Blanchimont (Turn 16). Sarrazin was unhurt and returned to pitlane, while the car was loaded onto a recovery lorry and transported back to the pits.
The red flag was waved again at 17:26 local time when the #50 Larbre Competition LMP2 Ligier JSP217 stopped with Nicholas Boulle at the wheel.
Finally, with one minute to go, the #36 Signatech Alpine A470 LMP2 stopped on the circuit with Pierre Thiriet at the wheel, bringing out the red flag for a fourth time and effectively ended the free practice session early.
Yellow flags were displayed with 15 minutes left in the session when Matteo Carioli went slowly in the #77 Proton Porsche 911 RSR.
Image: Michelin Motorsport
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