….. Porsche ahead of Ferrari in LMGTE Pro
Romain Dumas set the pace as the fourth round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship kicked off this afternoon at Monza.
In hot and sunny conditions, the three-time Le Mans winner took a 0.6 second lead over the Alpine driven by Andre Negrao.
In hot and sunny conditions, the three-time Le Mans winner took a 0.6s lead over the Alpine, driven by Andre Negrão.
The session provided an opportunity to see the all-new Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar in action for the first time. The Lion brand got off to a good start, finishing third ahead of the two Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercars.
Porsche took the lead in LMGTE Pro, Kevin Estre ahead of Antonio Fuoco’s AF Corse Ferrari, while in LMP2 local hero Alessio Rovera took the lead.
LMGTE Am saw a hat-trick from Porsche, with the two Team Project 1 cars framing GR Racing’s 911 RSR-19.
The highlights of Free Practice 1 at Monza:
· Romain Dumas (Glickenhaus) was fastest during the first 90 minutes of testing at Monza.
· The experienced French driver completed a lap in 1m37.984s at the wheel of the new Glickenhaus 007LMH which now sports a sky blue dress.
· Dumas’ best lap is 0.6s faster than that of the Alpine Team ELF of Andre Negrão (1m38.602).
· Peugeot TotalEnergies begins its FIA WEC adventure gets off to a perfect start with third place of the day clinched by Paul di Resta on the very first appearance of the Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar with its futuristic look, devoid of rear wing. The n°93 completes 41 laps on the Monza Autodrome.
· Toyota Gazoo Racing completes the top 5 with its two cars. The winning crew at Le Mans, the #8 Toyota GR010-Hybrid Hypercar, leads the #7 by 0.2s.
· Kamui Kobayashi completes a lap in 1m39.287s but fails to do better than #8.
· The #94 Peugeot 9X8 driven by James Rossiter was confined to the pits for most of this initial 90-minute session and finished 6th in class.
LM GTE Pro
· Kevin Estre is leading the charge in LMGTE Pro and is looking to do the double at Monza after last year’s success with team-mate Neel Jani.
· Estre clocked a lap of 1m47.273s in the #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR-19.
But the fight in the category promises to be tight because the #52 AF Corse Ferrari driven by Miguel Molina and Antonio Fuoco is only 0.3s behind, while the
Corvette Racing completes the top 3 by less than 4 tenths thanks to the time of Nick Tandy, poleman at Le Mans. That makes three different manufacturers in the first three places and… in less than half a second!
· The n°91 Porsche is third with Gimmi Bruni (1m47.745s), whose team-mate this weekend is Frédéric Makowiecki, who replaced the ailing Richard Lietz late.
· The n°51 AF Corse Ferrari brings up the rear of the category, but only 6 tenths of the best times.
· The n°83 of AF Corse finished this first session at the top of the LMP2 classification. Local hero Alessio Rovera set a time of 1m39.973s at the start of the session in the car he shares with François Perrodo and Nicklas Nielsen.
· Norman Nato places the Realteam by WRT in second position with a time of 1m40.22s achieved during the last flying lap of the session.
· Inter Europol Compétition completed the day’s podium with Esteban Gutierrez completing his lap in 1m40.356s.
· Prema Orlen Team finished fourth with Robert Kubica clocking a best time of 1m40.468s.
· The #22 United Autosports USA finished fifth with a time of 1m40.477s set by Filipe Albuquerque, one of the winning LMP2 drivers here last year.
· Richard Mille Racing ranks sixth with the arrival of Paul-Loup Chatin, who joins Lilou Wadoux and Charles Milesi, the latter setting his best lap in 1m40.613s.
The top 10 of LMP2 is held in less than a second at the end of this first session.
· The Project 1 team led the LMGTE Am maneuver from the outset with Ben Barnicoat setting a time of 1m48.389s in the #56 Porsche 911 RSR-19.
GR Racing is second with Ben Barker in 1m48.782, just ahead of the other Team Project 1, the n°46 with a time of 1m48.860s signed Matteo Cairoli in front of the Ferrari n°71 Spirit of Race, which ensures a hat-trick for the German brand in the category.
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