Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up: Kobayashi's Toyota fastest by a second

Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 Toyota on top in the Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up by a second over the sister car

Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up: Kobayashi's Toyota fastest by a second

A late improvement from Kobayashi produced a 3m19.647s that was 1.042s faster than the #8.

Until then, the Kobayashi/Jose Maria Lopez/Mike Conway car had been just 0.007s quicker than Sebastien Buemi's best effort in the second TS050.

New Toyota reserve Thomas Laurent, who was confirmed as a Signatech-Alpine LMP2 race driver for 2019/20 on Friday, placed the #3 Rebellion Racing machine third.

Laurent had a slight off at one of the Mulsanne chicanes midway through the session before setting his best time of 3m21.868s, which was just over two seconds off the leading Toyota's best lap.

The two SMP Racing BRE-AER BR1s took fourth and fifth, with the #17 entry beating the sister car courtesy of Stephane Sarrazin's 3m21.869s lap time.

Vitaly Petrov gave the #1 SMP machine its best time of 3m22.813s.

The #10 DragonSpeed BRE-Gibson BR1 was sixth ahead of the #1 Rebellion, with both cars setting their best laps in the final moments of the session.

Ben Hanley gave DragonSpeed the edge in that battle with his 3m23.735s and lapped almost three seconds clear of Bruno Senna's Rebellion benchmark.

Rebellion was conducting its running after both cars had made engine changes following qualifying.

There was one notable LMP1 mistake during the warm-up, which came when Tom Dillmann locked-up under braking for the Dunlop chicane, crossing the gravel and the run-off on the outside of the corner before rejoining.

His ByKolles ENSO CLM-Gibson P1/01 would finish ninth overall, behind the leading LMP2 car, due to its 3m28.935s lap.

LMP2 - Vergne on top

Jean-Eric Vergne set the fastest LMP2 time early in the session in the #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA, 1.4s clear of TDS Racing stablemate and polesitter Loic Duval.

Vergne, who qualified fifth, managed a best time of 3m28.763s, 2.5s slower than his qualifying lap from Thursday night.

Nicolas Lapierre took third late in the session in the #36 Signatech Alpine to complete an all-ORECA top three, bumping Nigel Moore's Inter Europol Competition Ligier down to fourth.
Two cars did not set a representative time, with IDEC Sport and RLR M Sport both electing to save machinery for the race.

GTE - Porsche quickest

Porsches were fastest in both GTE classes, with Kevin Estre putting the works #92 car on top in the Pro division by a little more than a second.

Estre's fastest time, a 3m50.095s, was just over two seconds shy of the fastest GTE Pro qualifying time, and 1.001s off the time that put the #92 car seventh on the grid.

Harry Tincknell leapt the #67 Ford GT he shares with Andy Priaulx and Jonathan Bomarito up to second with a 3m51.133s lap with 10 minutes to go, and had been fastest of all through the first split on his next lap before a full-course yellow was issued.

The #71 and #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs had occupied third and fourth in the closing stages of the session, but were split late on by the #68 Ford GT thanks to Dirk Muller's 3m51.637s lap.

Darren Turner put the class polesitting #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE sixth, ahead of the lead BMW of Antonio Felix da Costa, who was 1.797s off the pace in his #82 M8 GTE.

The #63 and #64 Corvettes were 15th and 16th respectively in the Pro order, ahead only of the #94 Porsche.

Ben Barker put the Gulf Racing Porsche on top in GTE Am, his 3m54.071s leaving the #86 car 1.270s clear of the similar Team Project 1 911 RSR.

Warm-up times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 3m19.647s - 12
2 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 3m20.689s 1.042s 9
3 LMP1 T.Laurent, N.Berthon, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 3m21.868s 2.221s 11
4 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev, S.Sirotkin SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 3m21.869s 2.222s 7
5 LMP1 V.Petrov, M.Aleshin, S.Vandoorne SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 3m22.813s 3.166s 7
6 LMP1 H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande DragonSpeed BR Engineering/Gibson 3m23.735s 4.088s 10
7 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 3m26.324s 6.677s 10
8 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.van Uitert, J-E.Vergne G-Drive Racing ORECA/Gibson 3m28.763s 9.116s 7
9 LMP1 T.Dillmann, O.Webb, P.Ruberti ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/Nissan 3m28.935s 9.288s 10
10 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.Duval TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 3m30.201s 10.554s 10
11 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 3m31.080s 11.433s 10
12 LMP2 J.Smiechowski, J.Winslow, N.Moore Inter Europol Competition Ligier/Gibson 3m31.311s 11.664s 3
13 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.Davidson DragonSpeed ORECA/Gibson 3m31.328s 11.681s 7
14 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, S.Richelmi, G.Aubry Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 3m31.506s 11.859s 10
15 LMP2 N.Jamin, P.Ragues, R.Dumas Duqueine Engineering ORECA/Gibson 3m31.842s 12.195s 9
16 LMP2 R.Binder, J.Canal, W.Stevens Panis Barthez Competition Ligier/Gibson 3m31.916s 12.269s 8
17 LMP2 D.H.Hansson, J.King, R.Taylor Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 3m31.996s 12.349s 10
18 LMP2 A.Fjordbach, D.Andersen, M.Beche High Class Racing Ligier/Gibson 3m32.050s 12.403s 11
19 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland Dallara/Gibson 3m32.832s 13.185s 11
20 LMP2 T.Gommendy, V.Capillaire, J.Hirschi Graff ORECA/Gibson 3m32.874s 13.227s 10
21 LMP2 R.Cullen, A.Brundle, W.Owen United Autosports Ligier/Gibson 3m34.931s 15.284s 9
22 LMP2 R.Lacorte, G.Sernagiotto, A.Belicchi Cetilar Villorba Corse Dallara/Gibson 3m35.283s 15.636s 9
23 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports Ligier/Gibson 3m36.697s 17.050s 6
24 LMP2 M.Konopka, H.Enqvist, K.Tereschenko ARC Bratislava Ligier/Gibson 3m36.930s 17.283s 11
25 LMP2 D.Zollinger, A.Pizzitola, J.Falb Algarve Pro Racing ORECA/Gibson 3m38.008s 18.361s 9
26 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre, L.Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 3m50.095s 30.448s 10
27 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell, J.Bomarito Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 3m51.133s 31.486s 8
28 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari 3m51.366s 31.719s 11
29 GTE Pro J.Hand, D.Muller, S.Bourdais Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford 3m51.637s 31.990s 9
30 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado, D.Serra AF Corse Ferrari 3m51.638s 31.991s 9
31 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 3m51.854s 32.207s 4
32 GTE Pro A.Farfus, A.F.da Costa, J.Krohn BMW Team MTEK BMW 3m51.892s 32.245s 11
33 GTE Pro R.Lietz, G.Bruni, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 3m51.960s 32.313s 11
34 GTE Pro R.Briscoe, R.Westbrook, S.Dixon Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ford 3m52.173s 32.526s 9
35 GTE Pro N.Catsburg, M.Tomczyk, P.Eng BMW Team MTEK BMW 3m52.446s 32.799s 11
36 GTE Pro M.Martin, A.Lynn, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 3m52.618s 32.971s 8
37 GTE Pro P.Pilet, E.Bamber, N.Tandy Porsche GT Team Porsche 3m52.743s 33.096s 10
38 GTE Pro P.Derani, O.Jarvis, J.Gounon Risi Competizione Ferrari 3m52.865s 33.218s 11
39 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla, B.Johnson Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 3m53.094s 33.447s 11
40 GTE Pro J.Magnussen, A.Garcia, M.Rockenfeller Corvette Racing Chevrolet 3m53.588s 33.941s 10
41 GTE Pro O.Gavin, T.Milner, M.Fassler Corvette Racing Chevrolet 3m53.826s 34.179s 10
42 GTE Pro S.Muller, M.Jaminet, D.Olsen Porsche GT Team Porsche 3m53.989s 34.342s 11
43 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, T.Preining Gulf Racing Porsche 3m54.071s 34.424s 8
44 GTE Am J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti Team Project 1 Porsche 3m55.341s 35.694s 8
45 GTE Am C.Schiavoni, S.Pianezzola, A.Piccini Kessel Racing Ferrari 3m55.516s 35.869s 10
46 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 3m56.458s 36.811s 6
47 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella Spirit of Race Ferrari 3m57.163s 37.516s 10
48 GTE Am T.Kimura, K.Cozzolino, C.Ledogar CarGuy Racing Ferrari 3m57.673s 38.026s 9
49 GTE Am L.P.-Companc, M.Griffin, M.Cressoni Clearwater Racing Ferrari 3m57.764s 38.117s 11
50 GTE Am M.Gostner, R.Frey, M.Gatting Kessel Racing Ferrari 3m57.952s 38.305s 11
51 GTE Am C.MacNeil, T.Vilander, R.Smith WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 3m58.908s 39.261s 10
52 GTE Am J.Segal, R.Baptista, W.Lu JMW Motorsport Ferrari 3m58.931s 39.284s 3
53 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever MR Racing Ferrari 3m59.193s 39.546s 10
54 GTE Am L.Prette Jr., P.Prette, V.Abril Proton Competition Porsche 3m59.978s 40.331s 3
55 GTE Am M.Campbell, C.Ried, J.Andlauer Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 4m02.643s 42.996s 8
56 LMP2 E.Creed, R.Ricci, N.Boulle Larbre Competition Ligier/Gibson 5m30.023s 2m10.376s 5
57 LMP2 J.Farano, A.Maini, N.Nato RLR M Sport/Tower Events ORECA/Gibson - - 1
58 LMP2 P.Lafargue, P-L.Chatin, M.Rojas Idec Sport Racing ORECA/Gibson - - 7
59 GTE Am B.Keating, J.Bleekemolen, F.Fraga Keating Motorsports Ford - - 8
60 GTE Am S.Hoshino, G.Roda, M.Cairoli Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche - - 0
61 GTE Am S.Yoluc, E.Hankey, C.Eastwood TF Sport Aston Martin - - 2

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