Lopez sets rookie test benchmark


After winning the final round of the season on Saturday, Lopez clocked 1m48.812s in the 2am session to place the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid at the top of the combined order at the end of the daytime.

Second on the timesheets, the #94 Peugeot driven by Nico Muller with a best effort of 1m49.600s, the Swiss driver allowed more time in the 9X8 LMH car a day after making his racing debut for the team .

Matthieu Vaxiviere finished third in what was the Alpine A480 Gibson’s final outing in a WEC race weekend.

After falling four seconds behind in the morning, Vaxiviere was able to make a marked improvement in the three-hour afternoon session to end the day with a time of 1m49.769s.

Mikkel Jensen set a time of 1m49.827s in the no93 Peugeot which retired from Saturday’s race, four tenths quicker than top rookie and 19-year-old Malthe Jakobsen in the sister 9X8.

Formula E race winner Maximilian Guenther, who will race for sister brand Maserati at the start of the Gen3 era of the series next year, set a best time of 1m51.665s in his first experience with machines prototypes.

It was just a little faster than two-time WTCR champion Yann Ehrlacher managed as various drivers got to test Peugeot’s new LMH car.

Richard Mille Raceit is Lilou Wadoux had the opportunity to test the award-winning Toyota Hypercar during the morning session after being nominated for the role by the WEC organisation.

After completing a total of 33 laps, Wadoux was able to improve her pace to 1m50.953s at the end of the session, which put her fifth among the drivers who raced in the morning session.

#22 United Autosports USA Oreca 07 – Gibson LMP2: Philip Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque, William Owen

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Piquet Jr leads the way in LMP2

Most of the fastest LMP2 times of the day came in the shortest morning session, with Nelson Piquet Jr leading with a lap of 1m51.922s in the #22 United Autosports ORECA.

Piquet Jr, who will race for the British-American team in the European Le Mans Series next year, edged out Ferrari GTE Pro driver Antonio Fuoco by 1m52.316s.

Fuoco drove for the AF Corse LMP2 team which will partner Ferrari for its return to the premier class of sports car racing next year.

Paul-Loup Chatin was third fastest for Richard Mille, while Formula 3 race winner Juan Manuel Correa was fourth in an ORECA Prema Racing.

Alpine junior Olli Caldwell and Formula 2 regular Marcus Armstrong were also able to test the Signatech-run Richard Mille team alongside Chatin, with the former remaining the fastest driver in the afternoon session until ‘two quick laps behind Prema’s Bent Viscaal and United Autosports’ Garnet Patterson. demoted him to third place at the end of the session.

All three riders, however, couldn’t handle Piquet Jr’s early morning benchmark.

Lorenzo Colombo was able to test the title-winning Ferrari GTE Pro in which he clocked 1m58.621s to finish fastest in class.

Bronze Rated Ben Keating got its first chance to drive the Corvette C8.R, as Porsche skipped the test after ending its factory program with the 911 RSR-19 ahead of its move to the Hypercar class next year.

Mikkel Pedersen was the fastest in the GTE Am division with an effort of 1m59.865s in the afternoon session.


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