Porsche topped the time sheets early on in the second day of testing on a drying track. Neel Jani going quickest in the #1 919 Hybrid with a time of 1:32.020, the #2 Porsche was just four thousands of a second behind the #1 as the pair completed over 100 laps a piece.
The track changed rapidly as the session progressed, drying considerably as we reached the halfway mark. Toyota were running around half a second a lap slower throughout the session, the #8 car of Davidson, Nakajima and Lapierre fishing third with a time of 1:32.5, four hundredths up on the #7 car of Conway, Kobayashi and Kunimoto.
Once again, the #4 ByKolles CLM P1/01 remained in the garage. The team withdrew from the second day of testing after a disappointing weekend. They managed just six laps in the evening session yesterday before the rear wing collapsed.
LMP2 proved to be as close as it was yesterday. Five cars trading times at the top of the time sheet. The #28 TDS Oreca Gibson led the class, posting a time of 1:36.078. The #26 G-Drive took second place half a second back.
In LMGTE Pro, the 2017 spec Porsche 911s lead the way. Kevin Estre posting a time of 1:47.507 to top the morning session. The #91 car was just a couple of thousands behind with a time of 1:47.515.
Miguel Molina led the way in GTE Am in the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 going two tenths quicker than yesterday’s times with a time of 1:49.843. Gulf Racing finished second in class.
Toyota returned to the top of the time sheets in the final session of the weekend, Nico Lapierre posting the quickest time early on with a 1:30.547. The #7 Toyota was nine tenths off the pace of the lead car. Porsche were over a second back. All four cars were on long distance runs for the final session. Porsche clocking up 86 laps with Toyota putting 72 laps on the cars.
Matt Rao was the only casualty of the session, hitting the barriers head on at Lesmo in the #36 Signatech Alpine and bringing out the red flag with 40 minutes left to run. The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca topped the LMP2 times with 63 laps on the clock and a time of 1:36.448. The top three in the session were separated by less than two tenths. The #37 Jota took second whilst the #24 Manor took third a few thousands behind. The #36 Alpine took fourth whilst the Vaillante Rebellion took fifth.
Ford topped the timing sheets in the final session of the day, the #67 car leading the #66 across the line with a time of 1:47.530 set by Harry Tincknell, two tenths off the best time of the weekend set by Christensen in the #92 Porsche. Both Porsches got 50 laps under their belts in the final session whilst Aston Martin still struggled at the bottom of the time sheets. Clearwater Racing went quickest in GTE Am, Kieta Sawa posting a time of 1:50.271 with Spirit of Race in second two tenths back. Gulf Racing took third with a time of 1:50.545. The #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche failed to leave the garage in the afternoon.