Fernando Alonso fastest for Toyota on Le Mans test day

Toyota driver Fernando Alonso topped the times at the official Le Mans test day on his first experience of the track

Fernando Alonso fastest for Toyota on Le Mans test day

The two-time Formula 1 world champion ended up fastest in both sessions in the #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID he will race in the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16/17.

Alonso improved on his 3m21.468s morning best in the afternoon, setting a time of 3m19.066s to leapfrog back ahead of team mate Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 Toyota by almost a second.

Alonso said: "It was a lot of fun out there - the track is beautiful and fits perfectly with the LMP1s.

"It was enjoyable for me and we got the info we needed from the test."

The two Toyotas were subsequently split by the best of the LMP1 privateers, the #3 Rebellion-Gibson R-13 driven Mathias Beche.

The Swiss driver's 3m19.780s left him only seventh tenths down on Alonso in the final classification.

Andre Lotterer jumped to fourth with a 3m21.334s in the second of the Rebellions in the final 15 minutes.

That put him ahead of the two SMP Racing BRE Engineering-AERs BR1s, which took fifth and sixth in the hands of Vitaly Petrov and Stephane Sarrazin respectively.

DragonSpeed moved to the top of the LMP2 times late in the afternoon with a 3m27.228s from Nathanael Berthon aboard its ORECA-Gibson 07.

That put him just two hundredths ahead of the IDEC Sport ORECA driven by Paul-Loup Chatin.

The G-Drive ORECA that had topped the class in the morning ended up third with a 3m28.394s from Jean-Eric Vergne.

Porsche jumped ahead of Ford in the GTE Pro race in the afternoon.

Patrick Pilet ended up fastest in the #93 CORE Autosport-run 911 RSR with a 3m52.647s, which put him less than a tenth up on Gianmaria Bruni in the best of the WEC entries from Porsche.

Andy Priaulx's morning best of 3m53.008s for the British-based Ganassi Ford squad left him third ahead of team-mate Olivier Pla, who improved to 3m53.052s in the afternoon.

The best of the non-Fords and Porsche contenders was BMW driver Nicky Catsburg, who posted a 3m53.946s to go eighth quickest aboard his #81 MTEK-run M8 GTE.

The Dempsey-Proton Porsche squad moved to the top of the GTE-Am times right at the end of the afternoon session, which was brought to a premature end a couple of minutes early with the fourth red flag of the day.

Julien Andlauer set a 3m55.970s in the #77 911 RSR to knock Giancarlo Fisichella's #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE off the top of the times.

shares
comments
Le Mans Test Day: Fernando Alonso tops morning session for Toyota
Previous article

Le Mans Test Day: Fernando Alonso tops morning session for Toyota

Next article

Jenson Button's first experience of Le Mans 'disconcerting'

Jenson Button's first experience of Le Mans 'disconcerting'
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022
The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Plus

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Autosport hears their stories.

Le Mans
Jun 7, 2022
The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory Plus

The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory

Peugeot went radical with the initial plan for its Le Mans Hypercar project, and then stuck to its guns. Here’s how things are shaping up a few weeks before the debut of the 9X8 in next month's Monza World Endurance Championship round

WEC
Jun 1, 2022
How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa Plus

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

WEC
May 9, 2022
The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche Plus

The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche

Yifei Ye came within one lap of winning the LMP2 class on his Le Mans 24 Hours debut last year, and his eye-catching 2021 has gained Porsche’s interest. With the German manufacturer preparing for a return to the top tier, the Chinese youngster is on the path to join it

WEC
Apr 14, 2022
How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance Plus

How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance

Toyota’s stranglehold on the World Endurance Championship ended at the 2022 opener at Sebring, but all accusing eyes were on the Balance of Performance system as the key to the shake-up. Here's how it unfolded, to see Alpine celebrating under a stormy sky having blown away the defending champions

WEC
Mar 21, 2022
Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year Plus

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year

Team Penske is gearing up for its role in running Porsche’s LMDh programme from 2023 by entering this year's World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 car. Although the team is considering 2022 as a season to learn, it is no less serious about winning than ever - which should make the already fiercely competitive class even more so

WEC
Mar 17, 2022