The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours preparations have begun in earnest, with the ever improving Toyota team taking first blood as the cars hit the track together for the first time. The three Toyota TS050 Hybrids topped out the times at the opening session of the Le Mans Test Day, with former Williams Grand Prix driver Kazuki Nakajima stopping the clocks at 3:20.778 to head the sister #7 of another ex Grand Prix driver and fellow Toyota recruit Kamui Kobayashi. With Japanese drivers Nakajima and Kobayashi at the front of the field it was left to the experienced Nico Lapierre and Co. to bring home the third Toyota a further second in arrears. Lapierre did the majority of the running in the #9 TS050 Hybrid as rookie teammates Yuji Kunimoto and multiple World Touring Car Champion Jose Maria Lopez concentrated on securing the minimum requirements to be accepted as rookies into the big race, with Lopez in particular taking to his new prototype home like and duck to water and setting the cars quickest time of the session, once again proving how versatile and competitive the Argentinian driver continues to be as he recovers from injury sustained earlier in the season. The previously dominant Porsche factory outfit suffered from a difficult opening day at Le Mans, with minor technical difficulties affecting both cars throughout the four hour session and even leading a stoppage out on track for the #2 919 Hybrid, eventually restarting and touring back to the pits to allow the team to analyse what is happening with the cars out on track. In the LMP 2 field it was another closely fought affair with just 2.5 seconds covering the top 12 competitors, headed by the Signatech Alpine Matmut squad running the currently dominant Oreca 07 Gibson car. Fastest of the non Oreca / Alpine 07's would be fourteenth placed United Autosports Ligier JSP217, some 3.7 seconds off the pace of the early class leaders. In LMGTE Pro the first blood surprisingly went to the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of the works Corvette Racing Team, finding themselves just 0.295 ahead of the new for 2017 Porsche 911 RSR as just under 7 tenths of a second covered the top seven cars during the session. LMGTE AM was equally close with just under two seconds separating the top 13 cars and again headed by the ever present Aston Martin squad of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda. Action continues tomorrow as the teams prepare for the big race in just under two weeks time. Full Test Times - Day One - Le Mans You will be able to keep track of all the happenings from Le Mans right here at RaceDepartment by following the Motorsport Sub Forum right here at RaceDepartment. Its going to be a big event this year and we couldn't be more excited to get the action started on 17th and 18th June. Looking forward to Le Mans? Who would you like to see atop the podium at race end? Let us know in the comments section below!