Le Mans 24 Hours test day: Porsche's Jani leads wet first session

Porsche set the pace in a rain-affected first session of the Le Mans 24 Hours test day

Le Mans 24 Hours test day: Porsche's Jani leads wet first session

Neel Jani topped the times in the #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid with a 3m21.946s before the rain came approximately one hour and 45 minutes into the session.

That put him three tenths up on Marco Bonanomi in the best of the three Audi R18 e-tron quattros on a 3m22.307s.

Andre Lotterer ended up a further six tenths behind in the next best Audi.

Stephane Sarrazin set the best Toyota time, recording a 3m26.929s in the #2 TS040 HTBRID to end up seventh in the times.

Kazuki Nakajima, who was on Saturday signed off from injuries sustained in the Spa World Endurance Championship round earlier this month, made his comeback in the #1 Toyota.

He then handed over the car to Toyota test and reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi, who undertook his first laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe in an LMP1 prototype.

The best time set by one of the new Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs was a 3m43.383s with Olivier Pla at the wheel.

Jani's time was only two tenths slower than last year's pole mark set by set by Nakajima and a similar margin quicker than Porsche's qualifying best last year.

Le Mans rookie Laurens Vanthoor was quickest in LMP2 aboard OAK Racing's Honda-engined Ligier JSP2.

The Audi factory GT driver, who took part in the test day last year, ended up on a 3m41.919s and three tenths up on Paul-Loup Chatin in the Signatech Alpine ORECA 03b.

Oliver Gavin was fastest in GTE Pro for the Corvette Racing squad.

The Briton's time aboard the #64 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R was half a second quicker than second-place Gianmaria Bruni in the best of the factory AF Corse Ferrari 458s.

GTE Am was headed by Raffaele Giammaria in the #61 AF Ferrari.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 LMP1-H R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Porsche 3m21.945s -
2 LMP1-H F.Albuquerque, M.Bonanomi, R.Rast Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 3m22.307s 0.362s
3 LMP1-H M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 3m22.930s 0.985s
4 LMP1-H T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Porsche 3m23.945s 2.000s
5 LMP1-H L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 3m24.111s 2.166s
6 LMP1-H N.Hulkenberg, E.Bamber, N.Tandy, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Porsche 3m24.147s 2.202s
7 LMP1-H A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 3m26.929s 4.984s
8 LMP1-H A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, K.Kobayashi Toyota Racing Toyota 3m27.017s 5.072s
9 LMP1 N.Prost, M.Beche, N.Heidfeld Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 3m30.508s 8.563s
10 LMP1 S.Trummer, P.Kaffer, T.Monteiro Team ByKolles CLM/AER 3m38.904s 16.959s
11 LMP2 C.Cumming, L.Vanthoor Oak Racing Ligier/HPD 3m41.919s 19.974s
12 LMP2 N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, V.Capillaire Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 3m42.273s 20.328s
13 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Lapierre KCMG ORECA/Nissan 3m42.453s 20.508s
14 LMP2 S.Dolan, M.Evans, O.Turvey JOTA Gibson/Nissan 3m42.547s 20.602s
15 LMP1 A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, D.Abt Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 3m42.754s 20.809s
16 LMP1-H O.Pla, J.Mardenborough, M.Chilton Nissan Motorsports Nissan 3m43.383s 21.438s
17 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Strakka Racing Dome/Nissan 3m43.833s 21.888s
18 LMP2 G.Hirsch, B.Wirdheim, J.Lancaster, G.Paletou Greaves Motorsport Gibson/Nissan 3m44.380s 22.435s
19 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.Bird G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 3m45.701s 23.756s
20 LMP2 K.Chandhok, M.Patterson, N.Berthon Murphy Prototypes ORECA/Nissan 3m46.611s 24.666s
21 LMP2 G.Yacaman, P.Derani, R.Gonzalez G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 3m47.975s 26.030s
22 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.H.Hansson Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 3m47.981s 26.036s
23 LMP1-H H.Tincknell, M.Krumm, A.Buncombe Nissan Motorsports Nissan 3m48.835s 26.890s
24 LMP2 P.Thiriet, T.Gommendy, L.Badey Thiriet by TDS Racing ORECA/Nissan 3m48.863s 26.918s
25 LMP2 M.Mediani, D.Markozov, N.Minassian SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 3m48.960s 27.015s
26 LMP2 P.Ragues, O.Webb, Z.Amberg Team SARD Morand Morgan/SARD 3m49.312s 27.367s
27 LMP2 L.Roussel, D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung Pegasus Racing Morgan/Nissan 3m49.461s 27.516s
28 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 3m49.697s 27.752s
29 LMP2 J.Nicolet, J-M.Merlin, E.Maris Oak Racing Ligier/HPD 3m51.233s 29.288s
30 LMP2 T.Krohn, N.Jonsson Krohn Racing Ligier/Judd 3m51.257s 29.312s
31 LMP1-H T.Matsuda, M.Shulzhitskiy, L.Ordonez Nissan Motorsports Nissan 3m51.334s 29.389s
32 LMP2 P.Perret, I.Bellarosa, J.Ibanez Ibanez Racing ORECA/Nissan 3m52.298s 30.353s
33 LMP2 M.Aleshin, K.Ladygin, A.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 3m52.613s 30.668s
34 LMP2 T.Fujii, S.Hoshino, C.Klien KCMG ORECA/Judd 3m53.433s 31.488s
35 GTE Pro O.Gavin, T.Milner, J.Taylor Corvette Racing Chevrolet 3m58.162s 36.217s
36 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 3m58.616s 36.671s
37 GTE Pro P.Pilet, F.Makowiecki, W.Henzler, S.Muller Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 3m59.043s 37.098s
38 GTE Pro J.Magnussen, A.Garcia, R.Briscoe Corvette Racing Chevrolet 4m00.549s 38.604s
39 GTE Am P.Mann, R.Giammaria, M.Cressoni AF Corse Ferrari 4m00.677s 38.732s
40 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen, J.Bergmeister, S.Muller Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 4m00.930s 38.985s
41 GTE Am V.Shaytar, A.Bertolini, A.Basov SMP Racing Ferrari 4m01.303s 39.358s
42 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado, O.Beretta AF Corse Ferrari 4m01.641s 39.696s
43 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 4m02.401s 40.456s
44 GTE Pro D.Turner, S.Mucke, R.Bell Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 4m02.707s 40.762s
45 LMP3 M.Chilton, T.Matsuda, A.Buncombe Team LNT Ginetta/Nissan 4m02.712s 40.767s
46 GTE Am B.Sweedler, T.Bell, J.Segal Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 4m02.887s 40.942s
47 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, K.Poulsen Larbre Competition Chevrolet 4m03.116s 41.171s
48 GTE Pro F.Rees, A.MacDowall, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 4m03.273s 41.328s
49 GTE Am P.Dempsey, P.Long, M.Seefried Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 4m03.367s 41.422s
50 GTE Am P.Perazzini, M.Cioci AF Corse Ferrari 4m03.767s 41.822s
51 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Al Qubaisi, K.Bachler Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 4m03.888s 41.943s
52 LMP2 Y.Yamagishi, P.Perret, J.Ibanez, S.Raffin Ibanez Racing ORECA/Nissan 4m03.925s 41.980s
53 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 4m05.448s 43.503s
54 GTE Am J.Laursen, M.Mac, A.Rizzoli Formula Racing Ferrari 4m05.947s 44.002s
55 GTE Am A.Al Faisal, K.Giermaziak, M.Avenatti JMW Motorsport Ferrari 4m06.469s 44.524s
56 GTE Am D.Cameron, M.Griffin, A.Mortimer AF Corse Ferrari 4m06.955s 45.010s
57 LMP3 L.Tomlinson, C.Robertson, C.Hoy Team LNT Ginetta/Nissan 4m07.232s 45.287s
58 GTE Am H.C.Chen, G.Vannelet, M.Parisy Team AAI Porsche 4m07.735s 45.790s
59 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, P.Keen Gulf Racing UK Porsche 4m08.536s 46.591s
60 GTE Am J.Bleekemolen, B.Keating, M.Miller Riley Motorsports-Ti Auto SRT/Dodge 4m08.609s 46.664s
61 GTE Am R.Goethe, S.Hall, F.Castellacci Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 4m10.083s 48.138s
62 GTE Am J.San Chen, A.Kapadia, X.Maassen Team AAI Porsche 4m10.736s 48.791s
63 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, C.Nygaard, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 4m16.916s 54.971s
64 GTE Am Y.Mallegol, J-M.Bachelier, H.Blank, E.Mouez AF Corse Ferrari 4m20.327s 58.382s


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