2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Le Mans Test Session One - Race Photography
Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota TS050-Hybrid, LMP1, #8, Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima,  <br />
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The #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 topped the first session of the test weekend, posting a time of 3:20.778 with 20 minutes left to run, putting the #8 Toyota 0.672 seconds faster than the rest of the field and at the front of a Toyota 1-2-3. The #7 took second place with a time of 3:21.450 in the hands of Kamui Kobayashi whilst Jose Maria Lopez put the #9 in third with a time of 3:22.006. Both Kunimoto and Lopez got plenty of laps under their belts The #2 Porsche finished fourth with Earl Bamber posting a time of 3:23.089.


Oreca dominated in LMP2, locking out the top 13 positions with the #35 Signatech Alpine leading the way in the hands of Andre Negaro with a time of 3:29.809, unofficially breaking the previous LMP2 lap record set by Jos Verstappen back in 2008 by 3.5 seconds. The #13 Rebellion took second in class with a time of 3:30.516 having topped the time sheets for most of the session.

The United Autosports Ligier JSP217 was almost four seconds off the pace, 14th in class but the quickest other chassis manufacturer. The fastest down the straights was the Cetilar Villorba Corse Dallara P217 clocking in at 341kph. The #43 Keating Motorsport Riley finished at the bottom of the LMP2 pack having managed just nine laps.



United Autosports, Ligier JSP217-Gibson, LMP2, #32, William Owen, Hugo De Sadeleer, Filipe Albuquerque, <br />
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Corvette topped the time sheets in GTE Pro, Antonio Garcia posting a time of 3:55.726 in the #63 C7.R. The #91 Porsche took second, splitting the two factory Corvettes, Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler took third with a time of 3:56.290. The #97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage took fourth with the #92 Porsche taking fifth.

The #77 Proton Competition Porsche led the way in GTE Am, a tenth faster than the #83 DH Racing Ferrari 488 with a time of 3:59.117. The #88 Proton Competition Porsche took third. The only notable incidents of the session were a puncture of the #26 G-Drive Oreca and a water pump failure for the #90 TF Sport Aston Martin.


Corvette Racing - GM, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, LMGTE Pro, #63, Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor, <br />
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