Dillmann puts Carlin on top in France

Frenchman Tom Dillmann was quickest for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin in the collective tests around the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans on Friday.

Dillmann broke the circuit lap record in the process, with his best time of 1m22.321s quicker by 0.310s from Russian Egor Orudzhev of Arden Motorsport.

Red Bull-backed DAMS driver Dean Stoneman was third quickest, while championship leader Oliver Rowland placed fourth despite the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Fortec Motorsports driver being the only driver in the field not to improve his time in the second session.

Rowland brings a fifty-point lead to France, and if he can maintain or increase that advantage coming out of the event, he will clinch the championship with a round to spare.

His main rival for the championship, Frenchman Matthieu Vaxiviere, was fifth quickest on Friday for Lotus, with Tio Ellinas, a winner in the past two rounds at Silverstone and the Nurburgring, was sixth for Strakka Racing.

Double podium finisher at the Nurburgring, Nyck de Vries, was seventh in the second DAMS entry, while Andre Negrao, back in the series for the first time since the 2013 season, was eighth for his father’s International Draco Racing team. Draco are running just the one car this weekend after both Pietro Fantin and Bruno Bonifacio exited the team ahead of the event.

Sean Gelael of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin and Beitske Visser of AVF completed the top ten on Friday, with qualifying for race one taking place on Saturday morning.

Bugatti Le Mans Collective Tests Times (Combined)

126Tom DillmannFRAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m24.100s1m22.321s
26Egor OrudzhevRUSArden Motorsport1m23.885s1m22.631s
32Dean StonemanGBRDAMS1m23.703s1m22.751s
44Oliver RowlandGBRFortec Motorsports1m22.791s1m23.007s
59Matthieu VaxiviereFRALotus1m23.568s1m22.847s
611Tio EllinasCYPStrakka Racing1m23.696s1m22.914s
71Nyck de VriesNEDDAMS1m24.292s1m23.194s
819Andre NegraoBRZInternational Draco Racing1m23.741s1m23.202s
925Sean GelaelINOJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m24.746s1m23.241s
1016Beitske VisserNEDAVF1m23.815s1m23.256s
113Jazeman JaafarMALFortec Motorsports1m23.992s1m23.330s
1218Aurelien PanisFRATech 1 Racing1m25.125s1m23.396s
1312Gustav MaljaSWEStrakka Racing1m24.339s1m23.449s
145Nicholas LatifiCANArden Motorsport1m24.054s1m23.460s
1517Roy NissanyISRTech 1 Racing1m24.846s1m23.496s
1615Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVF1m25.399s1m23.569s
1710Marlon StockingerPHILotus1m24.850s1m23.649s
1839Yu KanamaruJAPPons Racing1m24.977s1m23.987s
1940Nikita ZlobinRUSPons Racing1m27.251s1m24.524s