Free Practice 3
Before heading into Thursday’s Hyperpole main event, the 26 ORECA 07 chassis and one Alpine A480 entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans took the track for Free Practice 3. The session was disrupted by three incidents involving TDS Racing x Vaillante, Graff Racing and Duqueine Team. Though WRT’s #31 ORECA 07 dominated the session at length, United Autosports clocked the fastest time of 3:30.964 near the end with the #22 ORECA 07, followed by its #23 sister car trailing by 0.061 of a second and the #31 by 0.066. With a time of 3:32.057 clocked by Ricky Taylor, Cool Racing finished fourth ahead of JOTA Sport’s #38. AF Corse’s #83 ORECA 07 finished 12th overall and first in Pro/Am.
The Alpine A480 finished fifth in the Hypercar class.
The six quickest LMP2s during Wednesday’s qualifying were given 30 minutes to score pole position on Thursday. With the top time of 3:28.394, WRT’s Robin Frijns sealed the deal. The Belgian team first saw a one-two finish with the #41 Realteam by WRT car second at 1″3. The following day, Norman Nato’s best time was finally deleted by the stewards following a track limit. Filipe Albuquerque took second place for United Autosports and Antonio Félix Da Costa placed the #38 Jota in third. The #41 Realteam by WRT ORECA 07 will start fourth ahead of Prema who will start from fifth and the #23 United Autosports ORECA 07 who will start from sixth.
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After leading the field for a time, Alpine will start from third position on Saturday 11 June at 16:00.
Free Practice 4
The final free practice at night saw the United Autosports team’s #23 ORECA 07 clock the fastest time of 3:32.226 ahead of Panis Racing’s #65 and JOTA’s #28. Prema’s #9 ORECA 07 and JOTA’s #28 rounded out the top 5. Tenth overall, Algarve Pro Racing’s #47 ORECA 07 dominated in Pro/Am.
To close out the day, the Alpine A480 finished fifth with a time of 3:31.039.
The warm-up is set for 10:30 on Saturday and the start of the 90th 24 Hours of Le Mans will be given at 16:00.