Le Mans 24 Hours: Buemi keeps Toyota on top in twice red-flagged FP2

Toyota remained firmly on top in the second three-hour practice session for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, which was interrupted twice by heavy accidents

Le Mans 24 Hours: Buemi keeps Toyota on top in twice red-flagged FP2

Both Toyota TS050 hybrids were initially hovering around the 3m21s mark until Sebastien Buemi fired off a lap of 3m19.719s in the #8 car just before the two-hour mark. Buemi's time was nine tenths clear of the #7 sister car, which was second courtesy of Mike Conway's late 3m20.611s.

Nathanael Berthon put the #3 Rebellion R-13 in third, 3.456s behind Buemi's benchmark. The lone #4 ByKolles entry was fourth in class, but slower than the leading LMP2 car, Tom Dillmann clocking a 3m27.304s at the start of the session.

Rebellion's #1 car was stuck in the garage for most of the session to complete an engine change.

In LMP2, reigning Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries set a benchmark on 3m27.884s in the first hour in the #29 Racing Team Nederland ORECA 07.

It took until the final hour for the competition to get close, Will Stevens clocking a 3m28.011s in the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA, but De Vries then put the Dutch team further out in front with a 3m27.185s.

Stevens' stablemate Antonio Felix da Costa made it a second Goodyear-shod car in the top three with third in the #38 Jota ORECA, a further five tenths back from the ex-Caterham and Manor Formula 1 driver.

Aston Martin looked set to continue its clean sweep in GTE Pro until Michael Christensen overhauled Alex Lynn's time in the final 20 minutes of the session to go fastest in the #92 Porsche RSR-19.

The Danish driver set a time of 3m52.783s to put himself more than half a second clear of Lynn's benchmark in the #97 Aston Martin Vantage.

Gianmaria Bruni was third in the second #91 Porsche, followed by Toni Vilander in the #63 Weathertech Ferrari and James Calado in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari.

In GTE Am, the #98 Aston Martin held top spot for most of the session courtesy of Augusto Farfus' early laptime of 3m55.167s, until Come Ledogar in the #61 Luzich Ferrari moved to the top with 10 minutes to go.

But the Frenchman was then overhauled himself by Matt Campbell's #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche as the Weissach marque's factory works driver clocked a 3m53.961, the fifth fastest time of any GTE car.

The session was red flagged twice for heavy crashes, each involving an IDEC Sport LMP2 car. Just before the one-hour mark, Paul Lafargue hit the barriers coming out of the second chicane in the #28 IDEC ORECA.

An hour later, teammate Dwight Merriman crashed heavily coming out of the Porsche Curves in the #17 sister car, meaning the French team is facing an uphill battle to get ready for Thursday afternoon's first 45-minute qualifying session.

The fastest six cars in each class from that session will progress to Friday's Hyperpole shootout.

Le Mans 24 Hours - FP2 Results

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 3m19.719s
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.892s
3 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Berthon, L.Deletraz Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 3.456s
4 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 7.466s
5 LMP1 T.Dillmann, B.Spengler, O.Webb ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/Gibson 7.585s
6 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.292s
7 LMP2 A.Davidson, A.F.da Costa, R.Gonzalez JOTA ORECA/Gibson 8.731s
8 LMP2 K.Yamashita, M.Patterson, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 9.345s
9 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J-E.Vergne, M.Jensen G-Drive Racing Aurus/Gibson 9.717s
10 LMP2 W.Owen, A.Brundle, J.van Uitert United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 9.947s
11 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 10.452s
12 LMP2 N.Jamin, J.Canal, M.Vaxiviere Panis Racing ORECA/Gibson 10.656s
13 LMP2 J.P.Montoya, T.Buret, M.Rojas Dragonspeed USA ORECA/Gibson 10.766s
14 LMP2 J.Hirschi, K.Tereschenko, T.Gommendy Duqueine Team ORECA/Gibson 10.873s
15 LMP2 H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande Dragonspeed USA ORECA/Gibson 11.215s
16 LMP2 J.Falb, S.Trummer, M.McMurry Algarve Pro Racing ORECA/Gibson 11.342s
17 LMP2 J.Allen, V.Capillaire, C.Milesi Graff-SO24 ORECA/Gibson 11.646s
18 LMP2 A.Negrao, P.Ragues, T.Laurent Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 11.930s
19 LMP2 N.Yamanaka, N.Foster, R.Merhi Eurasia Motorsport Ligier/Gibson 13.006s
20 LMP2 R.Cullen, O.Jarvis, N.Tandy G-Drive Racing by Algarve Aurus/Gibson 13.016s
21 LMP2 T.Calderon, S.Florsch, B.Visser Richard Mille Racing Team ORECA/Gibson 13.196s
22 LMP2 P.Lafargue, P-L.Chatin, R.Bradley Idec Sport Racing ORECA/Gibson 13.276s
23 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 13.403s
24 LMP2 J.Smiechowski, R.Binder, M.Isaakyan Inter Europol Competition Ligier/Gibson 15.272s
25 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 15.331s
26 LMP2 G.Grist, A.Kapadia, T.Wells Nielsen Racing ORECA/Gibson 16.334s
27 LMP2 D.Merriman, K.Tilley, J.Kennard Idec Sport Racing ORECA/Gibson 16.683s
28 LMP2 A.Tambay, E.Maris, C.d'Ansembourg EuroInternational Ligier/Gibson 32.200s
29 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre, L.Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 33.064s
30 GTE Pro M.Martin, A.Lynn, H.Tincknell Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 33.627s
31 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 33.842s
32 GTE Pro C.MacNeil, T.Vilander, J.Segal WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 33.951s
33 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 34.242s
34 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado, D.Serra AF Corse Ferrari 34.369s
35 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen, R.Westbrook Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 34.782s
36 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 35.015s
37 GTE Pro O.Pla, S.Bourdais, J.Gounon Risi Competizione Ferrari 35.057s
38 GTE Am F.Piovanetti, O.Negri, C.Ledogar Luzich Racing Ferrari 35.182s
39 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.Watson Gulf Racing Porsche 35.342s
40 GTE Am P.D.Lana, R.Gunn, A.Farfus Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 35.448s
41 GTE Am I.Vutthikorn, L.Legeret, J.Andlauer Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 35.507s
42 GTE Am B.Keating, F.Fraga, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 35.788s
43 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 35.951s
44 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 35.955s
45 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 36.003s
46 GTE Am R.Mastronardi, M.Cressoni, A.Piccini Iron Lynx Ferrari 36.633s
47 GTE Am E.Perfetti, L.ten Voorde, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 36.743s
48 GTE Am T.Preining, D.Bastien, A.De Leener Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 36.782s
49 GTE Am C.Schiavoni, S.Pianezzola, P.Ruberti Iron Lynx Ferrari 37.477s
50 GTE Am T.Kimura, V.Abril, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 37.914s
51 GTE Am D.Cameron, A.Scott, M.Griffin Spirit of Race Ferrari 37.984s
52 GTE Am R.Heistand, M.Root, J.Magnussen JMW Motorsport Ferrari 38.189s
53 GTE Am H.Felbermayr Jr., M.Beretta, M.van Splunteren Proton Competition Porsche 38.337s
54 GTE Am M.Gostner, R.Frey, M.Gatting Iron Lynx Ferrari 38.994s
55 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 40.743s
56 GTE Am H.C.Chen, T.Blomqvist, M.Gomes Hub Auto Racing Ferrari 40.975s
57 GTE Am P.Haezebrouck, J.Piguet, A.Laskaratos Team Project 1 Porsche 42.018s
58 GTE Am C.Ulrich, S.Gorig, A.West AF Corse Ferrari 44.885s
59 LMP1 B.Senna, N.Nato, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson -

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