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Porsche Tops Timesheets At Le Mans Practise

As track action started in earnest, it was Porsche who took first blood after Neel Jani set the fastest time of the session in the last hour of the four-hour practise session on June 15 with a 3:22.011 in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. .

Second quickest was the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid with a 3:22.550 set by Mark Webber earlier in the afternoon.

Rounding out the top three in the LMP1 class was the #8 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 in which Lucas di Grassi set a 3:22.985 before the car was pushed back into the garage for some work on a damper.

In the LMP2 class last year’s class winners KCMG set the fastest time of the session with a 3:39.133 with Richard Bradley at the wheel. The #36 Signatech Alpine A460 was second quickest with a 3:39.721 set by Stephane Richelmi. Third quickest was the #23 Panis Barthez Compétition Ligier JS P2 when Paul-Loup Chatin set a 3:40.308.

Ferrari set the top two quickest times in LM GTE Pro when the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE driven by Gianmaria Bruni set a 3:53.833. Second quickest with a 3:54.180 was the #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE with Toni Vilander at the wheel. Third quickest, with a 3:55.436 was the first of the Ford GTs, the #68 car, with Sébastien Bourdais driving.

In LM GTE Am it was Clearwater Racing in the #61 Ferrari 458 Italia which set the pace when Robb Bell set a 3:57.543. The #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia was second quickest with a 3:59.103 with Townsend Bell at the wheel. Rounding out the top three in class was the #83 AF Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia when Emmanuel Collard set a 3:59.294 in his 22nd appearance at the French classic.

The first qualifying session starts at 22:00 local time and runs for two hours.

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