Hot Start: Toyota’s Hartley Dominates Le Mans Free Practice Session

Hot Start: Toyota's Hartley Dominates Le Mans Free Practice Session

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Brendon Hartley topped the timesheets in the first practice session for the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid driver setting a 3:26.013 to go fastest. Callum Ilott was second quickest, with the Brit almost six tenths off Hartley, in the #12 JOTA Porsche 963. Ilott set his lap time […]

Callum Ilott was second quickest, almost six tenths off Hartley in the #12 JOTA Porsche 963, setting his lap time early and leading until the last half hour when Hartley topped the session. Driers Vanthoor briefly displaced Ilott in second but had his lap deleted for exceeding track limits in the #15 BMW. Vanthoor set another lap to go third, just behind Ilott. Julien Andlauer took fourth in the #99 Proton Porsche just minutes before the session ended. Nyck de Vries followed in fifth with the sister #7 Toyota, with Kobayashi setting his lap later on. Alex Lynn spun at Tertre Rouge causing a red flag in sixth in the #2 Cadillac V-Series. Louis Deletraz topped LMP2 times in the #14 AO by TF Oreca 07-Gibson, followed closely by James Allen and Ben Hanley in the subclass. In the LMGT3 class, Inception Racing led early with the #70 McLaren, while United Autosports ran behind with the #59 car and Gregoire Saucy. Issues halted cars like the Akkodis ASP Lexus and Alpine A424, triggering red flags, and Michael Wainwright’s Ferrari also faced troubles during the session.

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