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Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota leads red-flagged opening practice

Toyota's Kazuki Nakajima set the fastest time in first practice for the rescheduled 88th Le Mans 24 Hours, leading a Toyota 1-2

Nakajima posted a time of 3m21.656s in the #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID in the final stages of Thursday morning's three-hour opening practice session.

That eclipsed team-mate Brendon Hartley's previous best of 3m21.951s, while the #7 car also improved in the final minutes with a 3m21.990s from Kamui Kobayashi.

The #7 Toyota didn't record a representative time for the first hour of the session because it only completed installation laps as part of the aerodynamic calibration process for the latest Le Mans body package on the car.

The best of the Rebellion Racing privateer LMP1 entries was just over a second down on the second of the Toyotas.

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Gustavo Menezes posted a 3m23.155s in the #1 Rebellion-Gibson R-13, which compared with the 3m25.216s from Louis Deletraz in the team's second entry.

The ByKolles ENSO CLM-Gibson P1/01 brought up the rear of the LMP1 field on a 3m28.442s from Oliver Webb.

The times were slower than in first free practice for Le Mans held in June last year, when Kobayashi was fastest in the opening four-hour afternoon session on a 3m18.091s.

The Danish High Class squad led the way in LMP2 courtesy of a 3m29.873s from Le Mans debutant Kenta Yamashita aboard its ORECA-Gibson 07.

The Toyota junior driver eclipsed a 3m29.918s from Giedo van der Garde in the TDS Racing-run Racing Team Nederland ORECA with 20 minutes remaining to make it two Michelin-tyred cars at the top of the order.

Third place went to the Goodyear-shod Jota Sport ORECA in which Antonio Felix da Costa set a 3m31.206s early in the session.

The French Duqueine team end up fourth with a 3m31.309s, while the Jota-run Jackie Chan DC Racing entry was fifth on 3m31.348s.

The two factory Aston Martins were top GTE Am for the majority of the session.

Alex Lynn ended up fastest on a 3m53.930s in car #97, which was more than a second up on the 3m54.992s recorded by Nicki Thiim in the sister #95 Vantage GTE.

James Calado was close behind on a 3m55.186s in his factory AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.

That was eight tenths quicker than the 3m55.999s from the second of the works Ferraris shared by Davide Rigon, Miguel Molina and Sam Bird.

The two privateer GTE Pro Ferraris run by Risi Competizione and Scuderia Corsa took fifth and sixth positions.

The two factory Porsche 911 RSR-19s, making its first appearance at Le Mans, brought up the rear of the eight-car GTE Pro field.

GTE Am was led by the works-run Aston Martin Vantage GTE on a 3m55.484s from Ross Gunn.

That put the car eight-tenths up on Tom Blomqvist's HubAuto Ferrari in second place.

The session was briefly red flagged during its middle hour when the #89 GTE Am Project 1 Porsche had to be recovered from Indianapolis.

Practice resumes 2:00pm local time before the first qualifying session at 5:15pm.

The fastest six cars in each class (and all LMP1 entries) will go through to the half-hour Hyperpole session on Friday.

Le Mans 24 Hours - FP1 Results

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 3m21.656s
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.334s
3 LMP1 B.Senna, N.Nato, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1.499s
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Berthon, L.Deletraz Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 3.560s
5 LMP1 T.Dillmann, B.Spengler, O.Webb ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/Gibson 6.786s
6 LMP2 K.Yamashita, M.Patterson, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.217s
7 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 8.262s
8 LMP2 A.Davidson, A.F.da Costa, R.Gonzalez JOTA ORECA/Gibson 9.550s
9 LMP2 J.Hirschi, K.Tereschenko, T.Gommendy Duqueine Team ORECA/Gibson 9.653s
10 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 9.692s
11 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J-E.Vergne, M.Jensen G-Drive Racing Aurus/Gibson 9.792s
12 LMP2 P.Lafargue, P-L.Chatin, R.Bradley Idec Sport Racing ORECA/Gibson 10.095s
13 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 10.288s
14 LMP2 H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande Dragonspeed USA ORECA/Gibson 10.354s
15 LMP2 R.Cullen, O.Jarvis, N.Tandy G-Drive Racing by Algarve Aurus/Gibson 10.440s
16 LMP2 W.Owen, A.Brundle, J.van Uitert United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 10.498s
17 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 10.532s
18 LMP2 J.P.Montoya, T.Buret, M.Rojas Dragonspeed USA ORECA/Gibson 10.868s
19 LMP2 N.Jamin, J.Canal, M.Vaxiviere Panis Racing ORECA/Gibson 11.510s
20 LMP2 A.Negrao, P.Ragues, T.Laurent Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 11.656s
21 LMP2 J.Allen, V.Capillaire, C.Milesi Graff-SO24 ORECA/Gibson 12.162s
22 LMP2 T.Calderon, S.Florsch, B.Visser Richard Mille Racing Team ORECA/Gibson 13.851s
23 LMP2 J.Falb, S.Trummer, M.McMurry Algarve Pro Racing ORECA/Gibson 14.029s
24 LMP2 N.Yamanaka, N.Foster, R.Merhi Eurasia Motorsport Ligier/Gibson 14.356s
25 LMP2 G.Grist, A.Kapadia, T.Wells Nielsen Racing ORECA/Gibson 15.042s
26 LMP2 J.Smiechowski, R.Binder, M.Isaakyan Inter Europol Competition Ligier/Gibson 15.162s
27 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 15.292s
28 LMP2 A.Tambay, E.Maris, C.d'Ansembourg EuroInternational Ligier/Gibson 15.493s
29 LMP2 D.Merriman, K.Tilley, J.Kennard Idec Sport Racing ORECA/Gibson 16.933s
30 GTE Pro M.Martin, A.Lynn, H.Tincknell Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 32.274s
31 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen, R.Westbrook Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 33.336s
32 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado, D.Serra AF Corse Ferrari 33.530s
33 GTE Am P.D.Lana, R.Gunn, A.Farfus Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 33.828s
34 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 34.343s
35 GTE Pro O.Pla, S.Bourdais, J.Gounon Risi Competizione Ferrari 34.617s
36 GTE Am H.C.Chen, T.Blomqvist, M.Gomes Hub Auto Racing Ferrari 34.694s
37 GTE Pro C.MacNeil, T.Vilander, J.Segal WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 34.769s
38 GTE Am T.Kimura, V.Abril, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 34.953s
39 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre, L.Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 35.049s
40 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 35.332s
41 GTE Am F.Piovanetti, O.Negri, C.Ledogar Luzich Racing Ferrari 35.392s
42 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 35.581s
43 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.Watson Gulf Racing Porsche 35.688s
44 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 35.756s
45 GTE Am B.Keating, F.Fraga, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 35.972s
46 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 36.191s
47 GTE Am E.Perfetti, L.ten Voorde, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 36.494s
48 GTE Am T.Preining, D.Bastien, A.De Leener Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 36.785s
49 GTE Am C.Schiavoni, S.Pianezzola, P.Ruberti Iron Lynx Ferrari 36.913s
50 GTE Am M.Gostner, R.Frey, M.Gatting Iron Lynx Ferrari 37.137s
51 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 37.194s
52 GTE Am D.Cameron, A.Scott, M.Griffin Spirit of Race Ferrari 37.540s
53 GTE Am R.Mastronardi, M.Cressoni, A.Piccini Iron Lynx Ferrari 37.707s
54 GTE Am I.Vutthikorn, L.Legeret, J.Andlauer Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 37.713s
55 GTE Am R.Heistand, M.Root, J.Magnussen JMW Motorsport Ferrari 37.831s
56 GTE Am H.Felbermayr Jr., M.Beretta, M.van Splunteren Proton Competition Porsche 39.375s
57 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 39.407s
58 GTE Am P.Haezebrouck, J.Piguet, A.Laskaratos Team Project 1 Porsche 42.802s
59 GTE Am C.Ulrich, S.Gorig, A.West AF Corse Ferrari 44.715s

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