Free practice 2 at Paul Ricard

It was a free practice 2 for the European Le Mans Series without any major dramas.

BHK Motosport #35 had to be transported back to the pits with a technical issue, but nothing else spectacular.

United Autosports #32 with Job van Uitert, Alex Brundle and Will Owen was the fastest car, ahead of G-Drive Racing #26 with Mikkel Jensen, Nyck de Vries and Jean-Eric Vergne, while the second United Autosports #22 with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque was third fastest car.

G-Drive Racing #26 Photo: JJ Media

The LMP3 category had last year’s Michelin Le Mans Cup Champions with DKR Engineering #4 driven by Laurents Hörr, Francois Kirmann and Wolfgang Triller on top, with last years LMP3 Champions from ELMS, Eurointernational #11 with Niko Kari and Tommy Erdos second, and Realteam Racing #8 with Esteban Garcia and David Droux in third.

There were three LMP3 cars who opted to stay in the pits throughout the practice, since they already had practiced so much during the two test days earlier in the week, and therefore was saving tires for the Qualifying and the race. That was United Autosports #2, Nielsen Racing #7 and RLR MSport #15.

DKR Engineering #4 Photo: JJ Media

Aston Martin Racing #98 with Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Ross Gunn fastest, ahead of Proton Competition Porsche #93 with Michael Fassbender, Felipe Laser and Richard Lietz, while Iron Lynx Ferrari #60 with Claudio Schiavoni, Sergio Pianezzola and Andrea Piccini as third fastest car.

Aston Martin Racing #98 Photo: JJ Media

The two cars with females onboard, Iron Lynx Ferrari #83 with Michelle Gatting, Rahel Frey and Manuela Gostner was 7th fastest in the GTE ranks, while Richard Mille Racing Team #50 in LMP2, saw the new male teammate to Tatiana Calderon, Andre Negrao, going 9th fastest. Negrao replaces Katherine Legge, who got injured earlier this week during the tests, where she had a huge off at the Signes corner.

The teams have three hours of preparation ahead of the qualifying session, which starts at 13.40, and can be viewed on YouTube via this link.

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