2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Le Mans Test Session Two - Craig Robertson
Toyota Gazoo Racing, Toyota TSO50-Hybrid, LMP1, #7, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Stephane Sarrazin, <br />
24 Hours of Le Mans  <br />
Le Mans  <br />
Circuit de la Sarthe  <br />
France  <br />
© Craig Robertson

Toyota Gazoo Racing top the final session of the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hour Test Day, the Toyota TS050 Hybrid taking a 1-2-3 on the time sheets. The #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi lead the way in the hands of Kamui Kobayashi, the Japanese driver set a time of 3:18.132, 1.1 seconds up on the #8 and 3.3 seconds ahead of the #9.

It was a strong run for the #9 car though, the trio getting 106 laps under their belts and plenty of seat time for Jose Maria Lopez and Yuji Kunimoto. Porsche finished the day 4th and 5th, the #2 car going fastest after an engine change between sessions. Neel Jani clocked a time of 3:22.1 in the #1 car.

Nelson Panciatici went quickest in LMP2, posting a time of 3:28.146 in the #35 Signatech Alpine A470. It was another impressive performance for the Oreca locking out the top 13 positions in LMP2. The #24 Manor Oreca took second place with a late lap from Jean Eric Vergne in the last few minutes of the session.

The time was posted just before the #25 Manor Oreca of Roberto Gonzalez stopped out on circuit resulting in a red flag. The session did not resume. Alex Brundle took third on the time sheets with a time of 3:29.104 midway through the session in the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca. United Autosport led the rest of the field with a time of 3:31.907, nearly 4 seconds off the pace setting #35. It was a better session of the Keating Motorsport Riley, the team managed to get 38 laps of running in the four hour session taking 23rd.

Corvette Racing led the way in GTE Pro, the #64 C7.R posting the best lap of the session with a time of 3:54.701. This lap time came late in the session after a mid session engine change. Oliver Gavin went just a couple of tenths quicker than the 911 RSRs, Fred Makoweicki setting a time of 3:54.996 in the #91. The #92 Porsche finished third with the #63 Corvette just behind. Aston Martin finished fifth and sixth in class, Nicki This edging out Jonny Adam in the #95 Vantage with a time of 3:55.251. The Ferraris and Fords were unable to match the pace of the flying Corvettes and Porsches. The Ferraris took seventh and eighth whilst the Fords took 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th. The four Fords were split by just 6 tenths but running 3 seconds slower than the Corvettes. Ford put this down to turbo boost restrictions which is impacting power delivery.

In GTE Am, Pedro Lamy led the way in the Aston Martin Racing Vantage, beating former Aston Martin factory driver Fernando Rees who is competing in the Larbre Competition Corvette. The pair were split by a tenth, Lamy posting the quickest time of 3:58.250. The #77 Proton Porsche took third in class.