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Menezes Ahead in FP4 for Rebellion

Gustavo Menezes fastest in Friday practice for Rebellion as Porsche leads both GTE classes…

Photo: Michelin Motorsport

Gustavo Menezes put Rebellion Racing on top of the timesheets in Friday morning’s fourth practice session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The American driver posted a time of 3:21.132 going into the final quarter of the 60-minute session, which took place shortly before hyperpole qualifying that will decide which car starts this weekend’s race from pole position.

Menezes ended up going half a second quicker than Mike Conway in the second-placed No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, while Louis Deletraz slotted the other Rebellion R13 Gibson into third with a 3:22.328 at the checkered flag.

This meant the No. 8 Toyota ended up fourth courtesy of Brendon Hartley’s 3:22.525 which also came right at the end of the session.

Paul di Resta set the LMP2 pace for United Autosports, the Scot delivering a 3:27.185 flyer to beat G-Drive Racing’s Jean-Eric Vergne by over a second.

Third in class was Jota Sport’s Antonio Felix da Costa who registered a 3:29.663.

In GTE-Pro, Porsche led the way through Michael Christensen who put the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 top of the pile with a 3:51.985 effort.

In second and third were the two AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evos, ahead of Alex Lynn aboard the No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

Matteo Cairoli set the purple time in GTE-Am on board the No. 56 Team Project Porsche.

Both of the IDEC Sport Oreca 07 Gibsons that were involved in accidents yesterday returned to the track, including the No. 17 car which now has Patrick Pilet in its lineup as a late replacement for Dwight Merriman.

Red River Sport’s GTE-Am Ferrari did not take part in FP4, with repairs ongoing following Bonamy Grimes’ crash at the first Mulsanne chicane last night.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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