The final two free practice sessions ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship qualifying at Spa Francorchamps happened in quite a calm fashion.
The Hypercar category is getting more and more up to speed, with Alpine Elf Matmut #36 with Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre, and Matthieu Vaxiviere overall fastest in the morning session, ahead of Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 with Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Brendon Hartley, while Toyota #7 with Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway, and Kamui Kobayashi was the third fastest in the top category.
The afternoon practice saw #7 ahead of #8 with #36 a bit further down the field.
United Autosports USA #22 with Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque, and Fabio Scherer was once again the fastest LMP2 car – actually in both sessions. While G-Drive Racing #26 with Roman Rusinov, Franco Colapinto, and Nyck de Vries was second fastest in FP2, while the sister car #25 with John Falb, Roberto Merhi, Rui Andrade took P2 in FP3, while Inter Europol Competition #34 with Kuba Smiechowski, Renger van der Zande and Alex Brundle was P3 in FP2, and #26 P3 in FP3.
AF Corse Ferrari #51 with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi was fastest amongst the GTE Pro cars, for the first time, in FP2. They were followed by Porsche #91 with Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz, while AF Corse Ferrari #52 with Daniel Serra and Miguel Molina were the third fastest in the morning session. In FP3 we had Porsche #92 with Kevin Estre and Neel Jani fastest, ahead of #91 and #52.
The GTE Am category is still dominated by Porsche racers. Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 with Christian Ried, Jaxon Evans, and Matt Campbell was fastest in FP2, ahead of AF Corse Ferrari #54 with Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, and Giancarlo Fisichella, while Iron Lynx Ferrari #60 with Claudio Schiavoni, Andrea Piccini, and Matteo Cressoni was third fastest. FP3 saw Team Project 1 Porsche #56 back on top with Egidio Perfetti, Riccardo Pera, and Matteo Cairoli, just like they have been in so many other sessions this week. #77 was second fastest, while AF Corse Ferrari #83 with Francois Perrodo, Alessio Rovera, and Nicklas Nielsen was P3.
Realteam Racing #70 had a brush with the armco in FP2, but that only required a nose change. Corvette Racing #63 had a few electrical issues in FP2, but still got a lot of laps done during the day.