Sebastien Buemi puts Toyota on top on Le Mans 24 Hours test day
|By Gary Watkins||Sunday, June 1st 2014, 16:44 GMT|
Toyota backed up its status as pre-event favourites for the Le Mans 24 Hours by finishing one-two in the test day.
Sebastien Buemi topped the times with a 3m23.014s lap in the #8 TS040 HYBRID set early in the afternoon session, while Kazuki Nakajima put in a lap that was one and a half tenths slower in the #7 entry right at the end of the test.
Buemi said: "To have the fastest lap of the day doesn't mean a lot, but it does mean we are heading in the right direction.
"We can now analyse all the data and try to be quicker for race week."
Two of the three Audi R18 e-tron quattros took third and fourth spots in the afternoon.
Marco Bonanomi's morning best of 3m23.799s in the #3 car stood as the fastest Audi time of the day.
Loic Duval was seven tenths behind in the #1 Audi in the latter session.
Porsche took fifth place overall with Neel Jani in the #14 car on a 3m24.692s.
Roman Rusinov topped the LMP2 class in the OAK Racing-run G-Drive Morgan-Nissan, going half a second quicker than Karun Chandhok in the Murphy ORECA-Nissan right at the end of the day.
GTE Pro honours went to Frederic Makowiecki with a 3m57.260s set aboard his factory Porsche 911 RSR.
That eclipsed Giancarlo Fisichella's best in the fastest of the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italias by two tenths of a second.
The top two in GTE Pro were split by the best Am car, the 8Star Ferrari driven by Paolo Ruberti.
Overall times: Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time Gap 1. P1 Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi Toyota 3m23.014s 2. P1 Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima Toyota 3m23.156s +0.142s 3. P1 Albuquerque/Bonanomi Audi 3m23.799s +0.785s 4. P1 Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen Audi 3m24.453s +1.439s 5. P1 Dumas/Jani/Lieb Porsche 3m24.692s +1.678s 6. P1 Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer Audi 3m24.757s +1.743s 7. P1 Bernhard/Webber/Hartley Porsche 3m24.911s +1.897s 8. P1 Prost/Heidfeld/Beche Rebellion-Toyota 3m31.700s +8.686s 9. P1 Kraihamer/Belicchi/Leimer Rebellion-Toyota 3m33.043s +10.029s 10. P2 Rusinov/Pla/Canal G-Drive Morgan-Nissan 3m37.795s +14.781s GT pacesetters: GTE P Holzer/Makowiecki/Lietz Manthey Porsche 3m57.260s +34.246s GTE A Montecalvo/Roda/Ruberti 8Star Ferrari 3m57.403s +34.389s