Rebellion Racing finished on top for the first day of official pre-season testing for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Rebellion topped all three of the test sessions, setting their fastest time, a 1:44.419, in the afternoon running. The day started on a cool, damp Paul Ricard circuit, and due to overnight rain and various differing strategies from competitors, the 1:44.882 set by Neel Jani‘s Lola Coupe-Toyota was 2.5 seconds faster than the second LMP1 car of Strakka Racing. Strakka closed the gap by two seconds in the second session, setting a 1:44.954 in response to the top time of Rebellion.
The fastest time of the day in LMP2 was set by Mike Conway in the G-Drive Racing Oreca-03 Nissan, posting a 1:48.064. However, team-mate Roman Rusinov was not so successful, running off track in the afternoon session, damaging the car and losing any further track time. The fastest time in the afternoon session was a 1:48.557 set by the Delta-ADR Oreca-03 Nissan, just beating Oliver Pla and Alex Brundle‘s OAK Racing Morgan Nissan to the top spot.
The fastest time between LMGTE Pro and Am entrants was set by Matt Griffin in the AF Corse Ferrari 458 LMGTE Am category, topping the afternoon time sheets with a 1:59.442, 0.29 seconds faster than the AF Corse LMGTE Pro entry of Toni Vilander and Kamui Kobayashi.
The final session of the day took place under darkness, with low mist and fog hampering lap times. Jani once again set the fastest time, his 1:46.397 was just under half a second faster than second placed Strakka Racing. OAK Racing topped the LMP2 class while greater experience of the Pro drivers saw the Porsche 911 of RSR top LMGTE ahead of Kobayashi, setting his laps under darkness.