It was a wet FP1 at Spa Francorchamps, when the 5th round of the European Le Mans Series was run today at midday.
There had been quite heavy rain throughout the morning, but at the start of the session, it was only a light drizzle, but enough to keep everything slippery.
We had a few spins and offs here and there, but nothing too major. AT Racing #9 was sporting a black rear end to the car, that didn’t match the rest of the design, and G-Drive Racing #40 had a light kiss with a barrier, but without any damage to the car.
The track dried so much towards the end, that some teams went for Intermediates, which gave a slightly mixed up picture, and some big gaps between the fastest and slowest cars in the categories.
Racing Engineering #24 with Norman Nato was the fastest car in the LMP2 category ahead of APR- Rebellion Racing #31 with Gustavo Menezes and Nicolas Lapierre in the DragonSpeed #21.
Cool Racing #4 with Antonin Borga was fastest in LMP3, ahead of Inter Europol Competition #13 with Jakub Smiechowski and AT Racing #9 with Yann Clairay, who once again replaced Mikkel Jensen, who is on ADAC GT Masters season finale duties at Hockenheim.
Matteo Cairoli proved his capabilities behind a wheel once again, beating all the LMP3 cars with his Proton Competition Porsche #88. Teammate Marvin Dienst in the #77 was just shy of 3 seconds slower – but still the second fastest in GTE. Ebimotors Porsche #80 showed that wet tarmac is Porsche weather, with Fabio Babini posting third fastest time.
There in a Bronze test session later, where all the Bronze ranked drivers will have the opportunity to test a big more on the track, while Free Practice 2 will be run Saturday morning.