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2018 24 Hours of Le Mans - Toyota In Control During Practice

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Toyota secured a much expected 1 - 2 in practice at Le Mans today, however the biggest surprise was the relatively small gap between the Japanese cars and their privateer rivals...


The first practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours is over and no surprises, Toyota lead the way at the head of the LMP1 Prototype field with the #7 car rounding out atop the times, just over half a second ahead of the sister machine but surprisingly, and rather pleasingly for those hoping to watch a close race, the Rebellion R13 would be just a further two tenths adrift in third overall, a mere .708 away from the fastest car in what was a superb performance by the Rebellion "B" team.

Further down the order would be BR Engineering in fourth, 1.6 away from the #7 and just a further nine tenths up on the sister car, giving plenty of cause for optimism that LMP1 race victory might not be a sure thing for Toyota in a few days time...

Sadly the test session wouldn't be all that successful for former Formula One team Manor, the British squad having another disastrous session in the new Ginetta G60, failing to score any significant track time after both a track stoppage early on for the #5, and a mere seven laps of running taking place for the #6.

In the GT ranks, today would be a dominant session for Porsche, the German outfit scoring a powerful 1 - 2 - 3 ahead of a Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, Ferrari, Ford sandwich, surprising many with the outright pace of a car that didn't seem quite as quick as this leading up to the big event.

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Provisional Practice Results
  1. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid LM P1 54 3'18.718
  2. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid LM P1 55 3'19.275 0.557
  3. 3 Rebellion R13 LM P1 39 3'19.426 0.708
  4. 10 BR Engineering BR1 LM P1 44 3'20.322 1.604
  5. 11 BR Engineering BR1 LM P1 47 3'21.304 2.586
  6. 1 Rebellion R13 LM P1 46 3'21.549 2.831
  7. 17 BR Engineering BR1 LM P1 46 3'21.557 2.839
  8. 4 ENSO CLM P1/01 LM P1 37 3'23.795 5.077
  9. 5 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 LM P1 15 3'25.203 6.485
  10. 26 Oreca 07 LM P2 52 3'26.529 7.811
  11. 48 Oreca 07 LM P2 37 3'27.054 8.336
  12. 28 Oreca 07 LM P2 51 3'27.817 9.099
  13. 31 Oreca 07 LM P2 36 3'28.178 9.460
  14. 39 Oreca 07 LM P2 10 3'28.218 9.500
  15. 22 Ligier JSP 217 LM P2 43 3'28.284 9.566
  16. 37 Oreca 07 LM P2 24 3'29.135 10.417
  17. 40 Oreca 07 LM P2 32 3'29.204 10.486
  18. 47 Dallara P217 LM P2 41 3'29.214 10.496
  19. 35 Dallara P217 LM P2 44 3'29.793 11.075
  20. 23 Ligier JSP 217 LM P2 43 3'30.168 11.450
  21. 36 Alpine A470 LM P2 24 3'30.750 12.032
  22. 38 Oreca 07 LM P2 38 3'30.922 12.204
  23. 32 Ligier JSP 217 LM P2 50 3'31.056 12.338
  24. 29 Dallara P217 LM P2 48 3'31.465 12.747
  25. 34 Ligier JSP 217 LM P2 42 3'31.837 13.119
  26. 44 Ligier JSP 217 LM P2 45 3'34.062 15.344
  27. 50 Ligier JSP 217 LM P2 24 3'36.927 18.209
  28. 33 Ligier JSP 217 LM P2 51 3'37.463 18.745
  29. 25 Ligier JSP 217 LM P2 51 3'42.404 23.686
  30. 93 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Pro 39 3'50.121 31.403
  31. 92 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Pro 45 3'50.859 32.141
  32. 91 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Pro 45 3'50.862 32.144
  33. 66 Ford GT LM GTE Pro 39 3'51.498 32.780
  34. 71 Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LM GTE Pro 48 3'51.521 32.803
  35. 94 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Pro 42 3'51.695 32.977
  36. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LM GTE Pro 34 3'51.738 33.020
  37. 68 Ford GT LM GTE Pro 37 3'51.776 33.058
  38. 69 Ford GT LM GTE Pro 30 3'51.898 33.180
  39. 67 Ford GT LM GTE Pro 47 3'52.692 33.974
  40. 88 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Am 49 3'52.903 34.185
  41. 52 Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LM GTE Pro 51 3'52.944 34.226
  42. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C7R LM GTE Pro 47 3'53.048 34.330
  43. 63 Chevrolet Corvette C7R LM GTE Pro 46 3'53.397 34.679
  44. 82 BMW M8 GTE LM GTE Pro 43 3'53.677 34.959
  45. 97 Aston Martin Vantage AMR LM GTE Pro 50 3'53.727 35.009
  46. 86 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Am 37 3'53.834 35.116
  47. 54 Ferrari 488 GTE LM GTE Am 51 3'53.976 35.258
  48. 77 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Am 44 3'54.004 35.286
  49. 56 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Am 43 3'54.133 35.415
  50. 90 Aston Martin Vantage LM GTE Am 41 3'54.527 35.809
  51. 95 Aston Martin Vantage AMR LM GTE Pro 53 3'54.530 35.812
  52. 81 BMW M8 GTE LM GTE Pro 39 3'54.663 35.945
  53. 98 Aston Martin Vantage LM GTE Am 42 3'55.792 37.074
  54. 85 Ferrari 488 GTE LM GTE Am 38 3'55.845 37.127
  55. 61 Ferrari 488 GTE LM GTE Am 40 3'56.049 37.331
  56. 70 Ferrari 488 GTE LM GTE Am 47 3'56.158 37.440
  57. 99 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Am 36 3'56.674 37.956
  58. 84 Ferrari 488 GTE LM GTE Am 42 3'57.016 38.298
  59. 80 Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Am 39 3'58.059 39.341
  60. 6 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 LM P1 7 4'06.812 48.094
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To anyone paying attention, not much of a surprise they're not far ahead. The actual surprise is the SMP cars.

LMP-H can still do longer stints, but then again it's still Toyota.
 
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