Le Mans 24h: Toyota remains on top in second practice

Toyota remained firmly on top in the second three-hour practice session for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, which was interrupted twice by heavy accidents.

Both Toyota TS050 Hybrids were initially hovering around the 3m21s mark until Sebastien Buemi fired off a lap of 3m19.719s in the #8 car just before the two-hour mark. Buemi’s time was nine tenths clear of the #7 sister car, which was second-fastest courtesy of Mike Conway’s late 3m20.611s.

Nathanael Berthon put the #3 Rebellion R-13 in third, 3.456s removed from Buemi’s benchmark. The lone #4 ByKolles entry was fourth in class, but slower than the leading LMP2 car, Tom Dillmann clocking a 3m27.304s at the start of the session.

Rebellion’s #1 car was stuck in the garage for most of the session to complete an engine change.

In LMP2, reigning FIA Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries set a benchmark of 3m27.884s in the first hour in the #29 Racing Team Nederland Oreca 07.

It took until the final hour for the competition to catch up to the Dutchman, Will Stevens clocking a 3m28.011s in the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca. But De Vries then put the Dutch team further out in front with a 3m27.185s in the yellow machine.

Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa was third in the #38 JOTA Sport Oreca, a further five tenths back from Stevens.

Aston Martin looked set to continue its clean sweep in GTE Pro until Michael Christensen overhauled Alex Lynn’s time to go fastest in the #92 Porsche RSR-19. Christensen set a time of 3m52.783s in the final 20 minutes of the session, bettering Lynn’s benchmark in the #97 Aston Martin Vantage by more than half a second.

Gianmaria Bruni was third in the #91 Porsche, followed by Toni Vilander in the #63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari and James Calado in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari.

In GTE Am the #98 Aston long remained on top by virtue of Augusto Farfus’ early laptime of 3m55.167s, until Come Ledogar bettered the Brazilian’s time with just 10 minutes to go in the #61 Luzich Ferrari.

Ledogar was then overhauled himself by Matt Campbell in the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche. The Porsche works driver lowered the benchmark to 3m53.961s, which was the fifth-fastest time of any GTE car.

The session was red flagged twice for heavy crashes, each involving an IDEC Sport LMP2 car. Just before the one-hour mark Paul Lafargue hit the barriers coming out of the second chicane in the #28 IDEC Sport Oreca.

An hour later, teammate Dwight Merriman crashed heavily coming out of the Porsche Curves in the #17 sister car, meaning the French team is facing an uphill battle to get ready for Thursday afternoon’s first 45-minute qualifying session.

The fastest six cars in each class from that session will progress to Friday’s Hyperpole shootout.

Session results:

Pos. # Drivers Car Class Time Gap Int.
1 8  Sebastien Buemi
 Kazuki Nakajima
 Brendon Hartley
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3’19.719    
2 7  Mike Conway
 Kamui Kobayashi
 Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 3’20.611 0.892 0.892
3 3  Romain Dumas
 Nathanaël Berthon
 Louis Deletraz
Rebellion R13 LMP1 3’23.175 3.456 2.564
4 29  Frits van Eerd
 Giedo van der Garde
 Nyck de Vries
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’27.185 7.466 4.010
5 4  Tom Dillmann
 Bruno Spengler
 Oliver Webb
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 3’27.304 7.585 0.119
6 37  Ho-Pin Tung
 Gabriel Aubry
 Will Stevens
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’28.011 8.292 0.707
7 38  Anthony Davidson
 Antonio Felix da Costa
 Roberto Gonzalez
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’28.450 8.731 0.439
8 33  Kenta Yamashita
 Mark Patterson
 Anders Fjordbach
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’29.064 9.345 0.614
9 26  Roman Rusinov
 Jean-Eric Vergne
 Mikkel Jensen
Aurus 01 LMP2 3’29.436 9.717 0.372
10 32  William Owen
 Alex Brundle
 Job Van Uitert
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’29.666 9.947 0.230
11 22  Philip Hanson
 Filipe Albuquerque
 Paul di Resta
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’30.171 10.452 0.505
12 31  Nico Jamin
 Julien Canal
 Matthieu Vaxivière
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’30.375 10.656 0.204
13 21  Juan Pablo Montoya
 Timothe Buret
 Pipo Derani
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’30.485 10.766 0.110
14 30  Jonathan Hirschi
 Konstantin Tereshchenko
 Tristan Gommendy
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’30.592 10.873 0.107
15 27  Henrik Hedman
 Ben Hanley
 Renger van der Zande
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’30.934 11.215 0.342
16 25  John Falb
 Simon Trummer
 Matthew McMurry
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’31.061 11.342 0.127
17 39  James Allen
 Vincent Capillaire
 Charles Milesi
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’31.365 11.646 0.304
18 36  André Negrão
 Pierre Ragues
 Thomas Laurent
Alpine A470 LMP2 3’31.649 11.930 0.284
19 35  Nobuya Yamanaka
 Nick Foster
 Roberto Merhi
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3’32.725 13.006 1.076
20 16  Ryan Cullen
 Oliver Jarvis
 Nick Tandy
Aurus 01 LMP2 3’32.735 13.016 0.010
21 50  Tatiana Calderón
 Sophia Floersch
 Beitske Visser
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’32.915 13.196 0.180
22 28  Paul Lafargue
 Paul Loup Chatin
 Richard Bradley
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’32.995 13.276 0.080
23 47  Roberto Lacorte
 Andrea Belicchi
 Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217 LMP2 3’33.122 13.403 0.127
24 34  Jakub Smiechowski
 Rene Binder
 Matevos Isaakyan
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3’34.991 15.272 1.869
25 42  Nicolas Lapierre
 Antonin Borga
 Alexandre Coigny
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’35.050 15.331 0.059
26 24  Garret Grist
 Alex Kapadia
 Anthony Wells
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’36.053 16.334 1.003
27 17  Dwight Merriman
 Kyle Tilley
 John Kennard
Oreca 07 LMP2 3’36.402 16.683 0.349
28 11  Adrien Tambay
 Erik Maris
 Christophe d’Ansembourg
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 3’51.919 32.200 15.517
29 92  Michael Christensen
 Kevin Estre
 Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE PRO 3’52.783 33.064 0.864
30 97  Maxime Martin
 Alex Lynn
 Harry Tincknell
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3’53.346 33.627 0.563
31 91  Gianmaria Bruni
 Richard Lietz
 Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE PRO 3’53.561 33.842 0.215
32 63  Cooper MacNeil
 Toni Vilander
 Jeffrey Segal
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3’53.670 33.951 0.109
33 77  Christian Ried
 Riccardo Pera
 Matt Campbell
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3’53.961 34.242 0.291
34 51  Alessandro Pier Guidi
 James Calado
 Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3’54.088 34.369 0.127
35 95  Nicki Thiim
 Marco Sørensen
 Richard Westbrook
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 3’54.501 34.782 0.413
36 71  Davide Rigon
 Miguel Molina
 Sam Bird
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3’54.734 35.015 0.233
37 82  Olivier Pla
 Sebastien Bourdais
 Jules Gounon
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 3’54.776 35.057 0.042
38 61  Francesco Piovanetti
 Oswaldo Negri Jr
 Côme Ledogar
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’54.901 35.182 0.125
39 86  Michael Wainwright
 Ben Barker
 Andrew Watson
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3’55.061 35.342 0.160
40 98  Paul Dalla Lana
 Ross Gunn
 Augusto Farfus
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3’55.167 35.448 0.106
41 99  Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak
 Lucas Légeret
 Julien Andlauer
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3’55.226 35.507 0.059
42 57  Ben Keating
 Felipe Fraga
 Jeroen Bleekemolen
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3’55.507 35.788 0.281
43 83  François Perrodo
 Emmanuel Collard
 Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’55.670 35.951 0.163
44 54  Thomas Flohr
 Francesco Castellacci
 Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’55.674 35.955 0.004
45 90  Salih Yoluc
 Charlie Eastwood
 Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 3’55.722 36.003 0.048
46 75  Rino Mastronardi
 Matteo Cressoni
 Andrea Piccini
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’56.352 36.633 0.630
47 56  Egidio Perfetti
 Larry ten Voorde
 Matteo Cairoli
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3’56.462 36.743 0.110
48 88  Thomas Preining
 Dominique Bastien
 Adrien de Leener
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3’56.501 36.782 0.039
49 60  Claudio Schiavoni
 Sergio Pianezzola
 Paolo Ruberti
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’57.196 37.477 0.695
50 70  Takeshi Kimura
 Vincent Abril
 Kei Cozzolino
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’57.633 37.914 0.437
51 55  Duncan Cameron
 Aaron Scott
 Matt Griffin
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’57.703 37.984 0.070
52 66  Richard Heistand
 Max Root
 Jan Magnussen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’57.908 38.189 0.205
53 78  Horst Felbermayr Jr.
 Michele Beretta
 Max van Splunteren
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 3’58.056 38.337 0.148
54 85  Manuela Gostner
 Rahel Frey
 Michelle Gatting
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 3’58.713 38.994 0.657
55 62  Bonamy Grimes
 Johnny Mowlem
 Charles Hollings
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 4’00.462 40.743 1.749
56 72  Morris Chen
 Tom Blomqvist
 Marcos Gomes
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 4’00.694 40.975 0.232
57 89  Philippe Haezebrouck
 Julien Piguet
 Andreas Laskaratos
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 4’01.737 42.018 1.043
58 52  Christoph Ulrich
 Steffen Gorig
 Alexander West
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 4’04.604 44.885 2.867
59 1  Bruno Senna
 Norman Nato
 Gustavo Menezes
Rebellion R13 LMP1 no time    

 


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