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Le Mans 24 Hours: Kazuki Nakajima lap puts Toyota top in warm up

Kazuki Nakajima, #8 Toyota, Le Mans 2017

Kazuki Nakajima put Toyota on top in Saturday morning's 45-minute warm-up session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, three tenths clear of the sister car of Kamui Kobayashi.

Nakajima logged a best time of 3m18.308s at the very end of the session in the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, enough to beat team-mate Kobayashi's 3m18.661s effort by 0.363s.

Those two late improvements knocked Nick Tandy and Porsche off the top spot, the Briton having logged a 3m20.120s in the #1 919 Hybrid to hold the advantage heading into the closing stages.

The 2015 Le Mans winner's time ended up 1.812s off the pace, and just two tenths up on the time set by Le Mans debutant Yuji Kunimoto in the #9 Toyota at the end of the session.

Porsche's second car, the #2, was fifth in the hands of Brendon Hartley, another tenth back on Kunimoto's time.

The #4 ByKolles ENSO CLM failed to log a representative time, with Marco Bonanomi's 4m09.884s putting the Austrian team some 51 seconds off the pace and down in 49th overall.

LYNN CONTINUES TO SET LMP2 PACE

Alex Lynn, G-Drive Racing, Le Mans 2017

Alex Lynn, who took LMP2 pole position on Thursday, set the pace in the TDS-run #26 G-Drive ORECA.

Lynn deposed early pacesetter Matthieu Vaxiviere's #28 TDS ORECA with 20 minutes remaining with a lap of 3m29.097s, improving to a 3m27.096s on his next attempt before handing over to Pierre Thiriet.

Julien Canal put the #31 Rebellion ORECA second fastest with a lap 2.329s off the pace right at the end of the session.

This bumped the #13 Rebellion ORECA of Nicolas Prost down to third.

Mikhail Aleshin produced the highest classification for anything other than an ORECA in LMP2 at Le Mans by going fourth fastest in the #27 SMP Dallara.

Ben Hanley was fifth fastest in the #21 DragonSpeed ORECA, with the #28 TDS ORECA ending up sixth after Vaxiviere's attempt to improve was frustrated by a slow zone before he handed over to Francois Perrodo.

The best-placed Ligier was again the #32 United Autosports entry of Filipe Albuquerque, 4.244s off the pace.

The two Signatech ORECAs went eighth and ninth with late laps, with Nelson Panciatici the faster of the two in the #35 car ahead of Romain Dumas in #36.

The sole Riley in the field, the #43 Keating car, was slowest of the cars that set a time, although eight cars ran but not not complete any flying laps.

The #39 Graff ORECA of Enzo Guibbert briefly stopped on its outlap before getting going again and eventually reaching the pits after 15 minutes. It did not re-appear.

There was also a crash for the #17 IDEC Sport Ligier, with Paul Lafargue losing the rear in the second left-hander in the Porsche Curves.

He nosed into the barrier and ended up in the gravel trap at the final part of the Porsche Curves, with the car suffering only cosmetic damage and able to return to the track later.

Ryan Briscoe, Chip Ganassi Ford, Le Mans 2017

FORD SWEEPS GTE PRO

The Chip Ganassi-run Ford GTs set four of the five fastest times in the warm-up session, with Ryan Briscoe fastest of all in the #69 car he shares with Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon.

Most significantly, in a session during which most teams would logically focus on race setups, Briscoe's lap of 3m51.789s, set 20 minutes before the chequered flag, was just half a second off the time that put the #69 Ford fifth on the GTE Pro grid.

Kevin Estre was second fastest with a 3m52.526s in the #92 Porsche 911, which like its sister entry has been granted an 8kg weight reduction in an overnight Balance of Performance adjustment.

Ford GTs were third (3m52.668s, Dirk Muller), fourth (3m53.362 Luis Derani) and fifth (3m53.475s, Johnson).

Very little separated the Ferrari 488s in this race-pace rehearsal. Pierre Kaffer led the Ferrari contingent with a 3m53.633s in the #82 Risi Competizione car, fractionally ahead of Davide Rigon (3m53.688s) and Michele Rugolo (3m53.693s) in the AF Corse entries.

The polesitting #97 Aston Martin set a 3m54.524s in the hands of Jonny Adam over the course of a handful of laps at the beginning of the session, and the sister #95 entry did not set a lap time.

Nic Jonsson went fastest of the GTE Am runners right at the end of the session in the DH Racing Ferrari 488. Ben Barker had been fastest in class with a 3m56.532s in the #86 Gulf Porsche that has been playing catch-up since suffering an oil leak on Wednesday before being usurped by Jonsson's 3m55.575s. Klaus Bachler was third on 3m56.608s in the #88 Proton Porsche.

The cars at the sharp end of the grid did not figure highly in the warm-up times: Romain Brandela spun the polesitting #50 Corvette at the Ford chicane on his way to setting a 4m00.447s, and the #98 Aston Martin that qualified second in class did not set a timed lap.

WARM UP RESULTS

PosClassDriverTeamCarTimeGap
1LMP1A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo RacingToyota3m18.308s-
2LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, S.SarrazinToyota Gazoo RacingToyota3m18.661s0.353s
3LMP1N.Tandy, A.Lotterer, N.JaniPorsche LMP TeamPorsche3m20.120s1.812s
4LMP1J.M.Lopez, Y.Kunimoto, N.LapierreToyota Gazoo RacingToyota3m20.327s2.019s
5LMP1T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.HartleyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche3m20.430s2.122s
6LMP2A.Lynn, R.Rusinov, P.ThirietG-Drive RacingORECA/Gibson3m27.096s8.788s
7LMP2N.Prost, B.Senna, J.CanalVaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson3m29.425s11.117s
8LMP2N.Piquet Jr., M.Beche, D.H.HanssonVaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson3m29.698s11.390s
9LMP2M.Aleshin, S.Sirotkin, V.ShaytarSMP RacingDallara/Gibson3m30.648s12.340s
10LMP2B.Hanley, F.Rosenqvist, H.HedmanDragonspeed - 10 StarORECA/Gibson3m30.696s12.388s
11LMP2E.Collard, M.Vaxiviere, F.PerrodoTDS RacingORECA/Gibson3m30.986s12.678s
12LMP2F.Albuquerque, W.Owen, H.de SadeleerUnited AutosportsLigier/Gibson3m31.340s13.032s
13LMP2N.Panciatici, A.Negrao, P.RaguesSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson3m31.370s13.062s
14LMP2R.Dumas, G.Menezes, M.RaoSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson3m32.356s14.048s
15LMP2M.Rojas, R.Hirakawa, J.GutierrezG-Drive RacingORECA/Gibson3m32.398s14.090s
16LMP2R.Barrichello, J.Lammers, F.van EerdRacing Team NederlandDallara/Gibson3m33.812s15.504s
17LMP2A.Belicchi, R.Lacorte, G.SernagiottoCetilar Villorba CorseDallara/Gibson3m34.887s16.579s
18LMP2J.Nicolet, P.Nicolet, E.MarisEurasia MotorsportLigier/Gibson3m35.627s17.319s
19LMP2V.Capillaire, M.McMurry, M.PattersonAlgarve Pro RacingLigier/Gibson3m35.654s17.346s
20LMP2P.Lafargue, P.Lafargue, D.ZollingerIdec Sport RacingLigier/Gibson3m40.981s22.673s
21LMP2N.Berthon, T.Buret, F.BarthezPanis Barthez CompetitionLigier/Gibson3m42.139s23.831s
22LMP2J.Bleekemolen, R.Taylor, B.KeatingKeating MotorsportsRiley/Gibson3m49.663s31.355s
23GTE ProR.Briscoe, S.Dixon, R.WestbrookFord Chip Ganassi Team USAFord3m51.789s33.481s
24GTE ProM.Christensen, D.Werner, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche3m52.526s34.218s
25GTE ProJ.Hand, T.Kanaan, D.MullerFord Chip Ganassi Team USAFord3m52.668s34.360s
26GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.Tincknell, P.DeraniFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord3m53.362s35.054s
27GTE ProO.Pla, S.Mucke, B.JohnsonFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord3m53.475s35.167s
28GTE ProT.Vilander, G.Fisichella, P.KafferRisi CompetizioneFerrari3m53.633s35.325s
29GTE ProD.Rigon, S.Bird, M.MolinaAF CorseFerrari3m53.688s35.380s
30GTE ProA.P.Guidi, J.Calado, M.RugoloAF CorseFerrari3m53.693s35.385s
31GTE ProR.Lietz, F.Makowiecki, P.PiletPorsche GT TeamPorsche3m53.754s35.446s
32GTE ProJ.Magnussen, A.Garcia, J.TaylorCorvette Racing - GMChevrolet3m54.277s35.969s
33GTE ProO.Gavin, T.Milner, M.FasslerCorvette Racing - GMChevrolet3m54.424s36.116s
34GTE ProD.Turner, J.Adam, D.SerraAston Martin RacingAston Martin3m54.524s36.216s
35GTE AmA.Bertolini, N.Jonsson, T.KrohnDH RacingFerrari3m55.575s37.267s
36GTE AmB.Barker, N.Foster, M.WainwrightGulf RacingPorsche3m56.532s38.224s
37GTE AmK.Bachler, S.Lemeret, K.Al QubaisiProton CompetitionPorsche3m56.608s38.300s
38GTE AmA.Balzan, C.Nielsen, B.CurtisScuderia CorsaFerrari3m56.833s38.525s
39GTE AmA.Parente, H.Katoh, R.WeeClearwater RacingFerrari3m57.313s39.005s
40GTE AmM.Cioci, A.Scott, D.CameronSpirit of RaceFerrari3m58.641s40.333s
41GTE AmO.Beretta, F.Castellacci, T.FlohrSpirit of RaceFerrari3m58.781s40.473s
42GTE AmT.Bell, B.Sweedler, C.MacNeilScuderia CorsaFerrari3m59.344s41.036s
43GTE AmR.Bell, E.Hankey, S.YolucTF SportAston Martin4m00.046s41.738s
44GTE AmF.Rees, R.Brandela, C.PhilipponLarbre CompetitionChevrolet4m00.447s42.139s
45GTE AmM.Griffin, K.Sawa, Mok W.S.Clearwater RacingFerrari4m01.016s42.708s
46GTE AmP.Long, A.Al Faisal, M.HedlundProton CompetitionPorsche4m01.811s43.503s
47GTE AmM.Cairoli, M.Dienst, C.RiedDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche4m02.040s43.732s
48GTE AmW.Stevens, D.Vanthoor, R.SmithJMW MotorsportFerrari4m08.423s50.115s
49LMP1O.Webb, M.Bonanomi, D.KraihamerByKOLLES Racing TeamENSO CLM/NISMO4m09.884s51.576s
50LMP2J-E.Vergne, J.Hirschi, T.GravesCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson--
51LMP2V.Petrov, S.Trummer, R.GonzalezCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson--
52LMP2N.Moore, K.Chandhok, P.HansonTockwith MotorsportsLigier/Gibson--
53LMP2T.Gommendy, A.Brundle, D.ChengJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson--
54LMP2H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.LaurentJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson--
55LMP2E.Trouillet, E.Guibbert, J.WinslowGraffORECA/Gibson--
56LMP2R.Bradley, J.Allen, F.MatelliGraffORECA/Gibson--
57LMP2K.Calko, R.Breukers, M.KonopkaARC BratislavaLigier/Gibson--
58GTE ProN.Thiim, M.Sorensen, R.StanawayAston Martin RacingAston Martin--
59GTE AmP.Lamy, M.Lauda, P.D.LanaAston Martin RacingAston Martin--
60GTE AmR.Gunn, O.Bryant, A.HowardBeechdean AMRAston Martin--


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