Bentley continued to set the pace at the Le Mans in the Saturday morning warm-up for the endurance classic, but this time it was the car driver by Mark Blundell, Johnny Herbert and David Brabham that led the way.
Blundell's best lap 3m35.319s nearly matched his best time from qualifying. The pole-sitting Bentley, co-driven by Guy Smith, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello, was second fastest, 2.615s behind its sister-car.
The Audi Sport UK R8 mirrored its performance in qualifying by setting the third fastest time, ahead of Champion Racing's similar machine. One of the Racing for Holland Dome-Judd again broke the VW Group's lock on the top positions by sneaking in the fifth fastest time, although on this occasion it was the team's second car of Tristan Gommendy, Beppe Gabbiani and Felipe Ortiz that rose to the occasion.
The third customer Audi, belonging to Team Goh Audi Sport Japan, claimed the sixth fastest time, with the Riley & Scott team placing its eponymous chassis seventh.
The Chevrolet Corvette team turned the tables on its Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari rivals in the GTS class. The lead American car, driver by Oliver Gavin, Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins, set a fastest lap of 4m01.335s, outpacing the best time one of the Ferraris could manage by over two seconds.
In the GT category, The Racer's Group led the way, with its Porsche lapping the track in 4m12.006s. The DBA-Zytek of RN Motorsport continued to dominate the LMP675 category, outpacing its nearest class rival by over four seconds.
The session took place under cloudy skies, with the weather noticeably cooler than in previous days. There has been some talk around the track that rain might come in before the race.
Pos Drivers Team Car Time
1 Blundell/Herbert/Brabham Bentley Speed 8 3m35.319s
2 Smith/Kristensen/Capello Bentley Speed 8 3m37.934s
3 Biela/Salo/McCarthy Audi Sport UK R8 3m39.679s
4 Lehto/Johansson/Pirro Champion Racing Audi R8 3m40.996s
5 Gommendy/Ortiz/Gabbiani Racing for Holland Dome-Judd 3m42.376s
6 Ara/Magnussen/Werner Audi Sport Japan R8 3m42.672s
7 Goossens/Matthews/Tinseau Riley & Scott 3m42.753s
8 Lammers/Bosch/Wallace Racing for Holland Dome-Judd 3m44.356s
9 Boullion/Lagorce/Sarrazin Pescarolo Sport Courage-Peugeot 3m44.487s
10 Beretta/Jeannette/Papis LMP Team Panoz 3m44.972s
LMP675 Class leader
1 Nielsen/Shimoda/Elgaard RN Motorsport DBA-Zytek 3m54.058s
GTS Class leader
1 Gavin/Collins/Pilgrim Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette 4m01.335s
GT Class leader
1 Buckler/Bergmeister/Bernhard The Racer's Group
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