Toyota Heads Shortened Le Mans Warm Up Session


A shortened warm-up session saw the Toyota of Nicolas Lapierre top the time sheets for the final running before the 2013 24 Hours Of Le Mans.

With three minutes of the session remaining the LMP2 G-Drive/Delta-ADR Oreca-Nissan hit the barriers and came to a rest in the middle of the circuit forcing the red flags out to recover the stricken car. The session would end there with not enough time left to complete any further running.

Although Toyota topped the times the Audi of Andre Lotterer was on a flying lap that would have been sure to eclipse Lapierre’s 3:26.227 had the session not have been stopped.

The #2 Audi had a early scare in the hands of tom Kristensen following contact with the GTE Am Imsa Performance Matmut Porsche which resulted in the R18 e-tron quattro spinning at Indianapolis. Allan McNish would head out after Kristensen returned to set the second fastest time of the session, the #3 Audi of Marcel Fassler finished third.

While one G-Drive machine ended the session broken, the John Martin piloted machine topped the LMP2 times despite earlier technical issues. Brendon Hartley finished the session in second for the Murphy squad while young hopeful Archie Hamilton set the fastest time of the broken Greaves car to finish third.

With Aston Martin concentrating on various set up options the GTE Pro honours were battled out between Porsche and Ferrari with the latter finishing the session with the psychological advantage as Toni Vilander took the #71 AF Corse machine to the top of the times.

Pat Long surprised many with the pace of the Dempsey Del Piero Porsche leading GTE Am and outpacing the Pro car of Vilander.

Thomas Dagoneau, Ryan Briscoe, Oliver Gavin and Piergiuseppe Perazzini were all caught out by the Mulsanne chicanes while Philippe Dumas headed in to the tyre barrier at the Dunlop chicane.