Hmm, in the end (spoiler) a Peugeot edged out the Audi R10′s by roughly 2 seconds, which came in 2nd and 3rd. A Pescarolo then nicked the other Peugeot to take 4th by 2 seconds and within the same 3:28 range as the Audi’s.
Notes after the jump
Zytek the star of the day in LMP2 with Vergers, GT1 very evenly matched as is GT2.
14:00- green light for the afternoon session
14:10- very slow start to the session, just a couple of cars out on track
14:15- track more animated now but no time improvements, 24 degrees out in the sun at the moment
14:18- Rockenfeller gets Audi number 2 on 5th, 3.33.785
14:21- Bouchut gets the 008 Larbre Aston to 4th , 3.53.709
14:24- Warren Hughes gets the Quifel ASM further up the class with 3.43.459, third now in LMP2
14:30- As usual, the Le Mans track splitting the classes in terms of times, 3.30s in LMP1, 3.40s in LMP2, 3.52s in GT1 and 4.05 in GT2
14:38- Clearly everyone is reserving the quick laps for later on in the session, however some cars have shown it is possible to progress in these sunny conditions as well…
14:43- Nicolas Lapierre brings the Saleen to 4th in GT1 with a 3.53.07
14:44- Pedro Lamy progresses as well with a 3.31.916 getting him in third one whisker ahead of the 16 Pescarolo
14:45- And another good lap from Hughes in 3.41.572, second in LMP2 between the Zyteks now. Things start to heat up on the track…
14:47- Lamy quickest!!! 3.30.224 and Peugeot number 8 tops the times
14:48- Lapierre takes the Saleen two more steps up, second in GT1 with 3.52.525
14:50- GT2 seems to be the only “quiet” category up to now… Werner also improves Audi number 1 slightly to 3.30.514. Hughes down again to 3.40.613 getting closer to Vergers’ time from the morning…
14:53- Tommy Erdos 3rd now in LMP2 on the RML Lola, 3.41.025
15:00 Good job by Creation on 6th, Swiss Spirit now up to 9th Charouz unusually slow on 14th as the Arena Zytek with accelerator problems on 13th
15:02- PSI and Alphand in the 3.57/3.58 range, rather slower than the 3.52s run by the majority of the top GT1s
15:04- We had almost missed it..but Luhr got Audi number 3 to 4th at the moment, 3.31.774
15:13- Werner goes under 3.30s for the first time in the day…3.29.563 for Audi number 1!!
15:19- Both Arena Zytek and Charouz improve but they cannot come close to the top 6…
15:25- Werner even quicker on 3.29.064
15:26- 4.03.300 for Bergmeister to get Flying Lizard on top of GT2 now…
15:34-Capello drives a 3.31.444 getting Pesca #16 to 6th and making it a diesel top 5
15:36- 3.30.290 now for Dindo, he is on third now!!
15:41- Top 5 is now Audi 1/Peugeot 8/Audi 2/Peugeot 7/Audi 3
15:42-3.40.969 for Kurosawa gets him 3rd in LMP2
15:45-3.40.271 now for the Zytek ahead of Hughes in 2nd making it a Zytek 1-2 again in this class
15:46- Bouchut manages 3.51.822 to get the 008 Larbre Aston in second for GT1
15:47- GT2 is now led by Flying Lizard in 4.03.400 followed by Autorlando in 4.03754, Ecosse is 3rd. Risi 97 is fourth, IMSA Matmut is on fifth in class
15:51- The Pesca 16 has been in for repairs for a long time, that’s the reason they have not improved their time
15:53-Pierre Bruneau have improved to 8th in class but far behind the rest still…
15:54-The JLOC Lambo is still way down the scores, 4.05.595 still their best
15:57- Enge gets the 007 Aston to third with 3.52.458 and Jamie Davies to 5th in 3.52.774 on the BMA Aston number 100
16:00- IMSA Matmut (Pat Long) to third in GT2 with 4.04.415 so it is Porsche 1-2-3 now…
16:02- Bourdais getting a taste of Peugeot number 8 now
16:03- Enge quickest in GT1 now, the 007 clocks 3.51.498
16:06- and 3.51.414 now for Enge…
16:07- 3.39.207 for Kurosawa who gets the Zytek on top of LMP2 !!!
16:14- The Pescarolo 16 is back in fifth, Boullion gets 3.31.697, Villeneuve gets into Peugeot number 7 after Gene has gone marginally faster at 3.30.314
16:20- The top 5 in GT1 is 007 Aston (3.51.414), 64 Corvette (3.51.628), 55 Saleen (3.51.721), 008 Larbre Aston (3.51.822) , 100 BMS Aston (3.52.774)
16: 22- no major changes in GT2 , let’s see what happens as the temperature starts cooling down and the teams go on softer compounds in all classes…
16:23- Enge manages 3.50.848 remaining at the top of GT1
16:30- GT2 is now 80 Flying Lizard (4.03.400)/93 Autorlando(4.03.754)/76 IMSA(4.04.255)/97 Risi(4.04.496)/87 Ecosse (4.04.635) / 81 LNT Panoz(4.06.838)/ 99 Risi (4.07.529)
16:34-3.28.277 for Biela!!!!!!!!
16: 40 In GT1 now 009 Aston is 5th with 3.52.170, the Modena Aston 6th with 3.52.295 , the BMS Aston is 7th with 3.52.774, 63 Corvette in 3.53.119
16:42- Racing for Holland manages to go under 3.36, Jan lammers clocks 3.35.629 and is 9th, 1.3 secs behind Creation
16:45- 3.34.340 for Shimoda and the Arena Zytek on 7th, best non-Diesel/non-Pesca
16:46- Both Spykers 9th and 10th in class, 86 in 4.09.236, 85 in 4.09.904, engine grief seems to be over
16:47- And yes, Yojiro Terada is on the T2M Dome…will he need to do the 10 mandatory laps ??? )))
16:49- Salo is up to second with the 97 Risi Ferrari, 4.03.555
16:50- Bourdais in 3.27.180, wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
16:55- red flag, not good at this moment of the session….
17:05- green flag , cause of the red flag was a small fire on the Arena Zytek
17:11- Will we get any fast times????
17:16-Small improvement for Boullion , remains 5th
17:20-Pat Long quickest in GT2, 4.01.598…
17:23- The 63 Corvette improves to 2nd, 3.51.453
17:29- Vergers back on the Barazi Zytek cockpit
17:32- Bergmeister 2nd quickest in Gt2, 4.03.400 beating Salo’s time by 22/1000ths
17:35- Racing for Holland 7th now in 3.34.035, great improvement!
17:37-3.59.355 from the Lambo, still one before last in GT1 but significant improvement
17:30-3.49.207 for Magnussen on Corvette 63, he is really flying
17:39-3.26.707 for Bourdais!!!!! Amazing…
17:42- 3.28.574 for Boullion now, GREAT time from the Pesca!! It gets him 4th place
17:44- van Overbeek improves but stays in GT2 second: 4.02.668
17:45- Chris Buncombe gets the Binnie Lola into 5th in LMP2: 3.43.918
17:48- 3.50.848 for Peter Kox, he gets the 007 Aston into second in class
17:49- Vergers matches the Kurosawa time: both Zyteks on top of the LMP2 class, 3.39.016
17:51- Red flag!! Seems to be oil on the track
17:56- Will the track be cleared with 4 minutes to go??
18:00- Session ended
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