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No. 7 Toyota Hits Trouble in Warmup; Kubica Quickest

Nyck de Vries stumbles in warmup for 92nd 24H Le Mans, which was led by Robert Kubica…

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The No. 7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid suffered damage in an incident involving sister brand Lexus during warmup for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which was led by AF Corse driver Robert Kubica.

Nyck de Vries was at the wheel of the Toyota when he hit the back of the slowing No. 78 Akkodis ASP Team Lexus RC F GT3, which was driven by Kelvin van der Linde.

Both cars were able to return to the pits for repairs, with the Toyota initially appearing to mostly have suffered bodywork damage.

The 15-minute session ahead of the 92nd running of the French endurance classic was led by the third-string No. 83 Ferrari 499P, which posted a 3:29.260 with Kubica at the wheel.

The Polish driver led a 1-2 for the Prancing Horse, with Antonio Giovinazzi second in the factory No. 51 car ahead of the No. 35 Alpine A424 driven by Charles Milesi.

Laurens Vanthoor slotted into fourth in the No. 6 Porsche 963, with the No. 12 Hertz Team JOTA Porsche clocking a 3:32.384 with Will Stevens at the wheel to round out the top five.

The car turned its first laps at the Circuit de la Sarthe since Callum Ilott’s Wednesday evening crash, with the team having completed an airfield shakedown on Friday evening after extensive repairs and a chassis change.

Ben Barnicoat set the pace in LMP2, steering the No. 183 AF Corse Oreca 07 Gibson to a best time of 3:36.884.

Mathias Beche was second for Panis Racing, ahead of IDEC Sport, Proton Competition and Vector Sport.

GR Racing’s Daniel Serra set a time of 3:58.198 in the No. 86 Ferrari 296 GT3 to go quickest in LMGT3, ahead of the No. 88 Proton Competition Ford Mustang GT3 of Dennis Olsen.

The 92nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans starts at 4 p.m. CEST (10 a.m. EDT), with the No. 6 Porsche set to start from pole position.

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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