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Laurent Tops Shortened Final Road to Le Mans Practice

Laurent fastest in shortened second free practice session…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Thomas Laurent was fastest in the second and final practice session for the Road to Le Mans event, which ended early due to excessive oil on track.

The French driver set a 4:21.444 lap time around the 8.5 mile circuit and the No. 85 DC Racing Ligier JS P3 Nissan was on a faster lap when race control red-flagged the session just before the halfway point.

Several cars had gone off before the interruption, but it was a combination of a wet circuit and a large oil spill that resulted in the session eventually being abandoned.

John Falb, driving the No. 77 Graff Ligier JS P3 Nissan ended in second place, 1.791 seconds behind Laurent. Egidio Perfetti’s Porsche 911 GT3 R finished in third place, but the team was forced to change an engine after the session had ended.

There were problems for a number of teams. Jesus Fuster caused a slow zone at the Ford Chicane when the No. 11 By Speed Factory Ligier came to a halt on the pit lane entry.

The No. 31 Graff Ligier stopped out on track, while the No. 7 Villorba Corse spun coming out of the Ford Chicane.

AF Corse’s No. 14 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 went off at Indianapolis corner, before stopping between Arnage and the Porsche Curves.

The qualifying session for the Road to Le Mans is set to start at 6 p.m. local time.

Marcel ten Caat (@marceltencaat) is a contributor to Sportscar365 and other publications including


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