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Le Mans 24 Hours of Le Mans

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota tops opening practice twice delayed by red flags

Toyota set the pace as official practice for the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours began, with its best time being six-tenths faster than the first of the Porsche crews.

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 - Hybrid: Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa

Brendon Hartley posted a 3m26.013s with around 50 minutes of the opening three-hour first practice session remaining in the #8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID - a time that is almost a second faster than Porsche managed at last Sunday's Test Day.

Callum Ilott's 3m26.610s in the #12 Jota-run privateer Porsche 963 LMDh had topped the timesheets for much of the session, before the Briton was relegated to second.

BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh pilot Dries Vanthoor had briefly assumed second place with an effort in the closing minutes, but this was later deleted for a track-limits breach.

But his subsequent 3m26.671s was still good enough for third spot, ahead of the customer Proton 963 of Julien Andlauer - another late improver.

Nyck de Vries' 3m26.918s in the opening minutes ensured that Toyota had two cars in the top five.

Also within a second of Hartley's benchmark was the #2 Cadillac V-Series.R LMDh of Alex Lynn, who posted a 3m26.928s early on.

However, Lynn later caused one of two red flags when he crashed into the barriers at Terte Rouge with around 20 minutes of FP1 remaining.

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

Next up in seventh spot was the second of the two BMWs, courtesy of Robin Frijns.

Ferrari's defence of its Le Mans victory last year began in low-key fashion with the fastest of the trio of AF Corse-run 499Ps in eighth place with Antonio Fuoco in the #50 machine also just under a second off Hartley's time.

The two Alpine A424 LMDhs, on their maiden Le Mans outing, rounded out the top 10, while the best of the Peugeot 9X8s was the #93 in 17th.

The top Lamborghini SC63 was 21st and the rear of the 23-strong Hypercar field was brought up by the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 6 LMH, eight seconds off Toyota's time.

Louis Deletraz topped the LMP2 leaderboard for almost the entire session in the #14 TF Sport-run AO ORECA-Gibson 07, having set a 3m34.245s in the opening 20 minutes.

The class is making a return to the World Endurance Championship for Le Mans, having been dropped from the regular WEC roster for 2024 with the LMGT3 division's introduction.

James Allen was second in the #30 Duqueine with a 3m34.843s, while third was the #23 United Autosports entry, courtesy of Ben Hanley.

Last year's GTE Am victor Ben Keating later went straight on at the Porsche Curves in that car and had to be pushed out of the gravel.

A late flyer from Esteban Masson gave Lexus top spot in the LMGT3 ranks with a 3m57.808s in the closing minutes.

Inception's #70 McLaren 720S GT3 Evo had previously led the way with a 3m58.770s in the hands of Brendan Iribe.

That effort was two-tenths faster than the #59 United Autosports-run example.

The sister #78 Lexus was the other car to have brought out a red flag halfway through FP1 when it ground to a halt on the straight after Mulsanne Corner.

Cla Driver   Car   Time   Delay   Laps 
8 Sébastien Buemi
Brendon Hartley
Ryo Hirakawa
Toyota 3'26.013   36
12 Will Stevens
Norman Nato
Callum Ilott
Porsche 3'26.610 0.597 40
15 Dries Vanthoor
R.Marciello
Marco Wittmann
BMW 3'26.671 0.658 37
99 Neel Jani
Harry Tincknell
Julien Andlauer
Porsche 3'26.891 0.878 32
7 José María López
Kamui Kobayashi
Nyck de Vries
Toyota 3'26.918 0.905 40
2 Earl Bamber
Alex Lynn
Alex Palou
Cadillac 3'26.928 0.915 31
20 S.van der Linde
Robin Frijns
René Rast
BMW 3'26.947 0.934 33
50 Antonio Fuoco
Miguel Molina
Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 3'26.973 0.960 39
36 Nicolas Lapierre
Mick Schumacher
M.Vaxivière
Alpine 3'27.430 1.417 39
10  35 Paul-Loup Chatin
F.Habsburg
Charles Milesi
Alpine 3'27.483 1.470 35
11  83 Robert Kubica
R.Shwartzman
Yifei Ye
Ferrari 3'27.513 1.500 40
12  38 Oliver Rasmussen
Phil Hanson
Jenson Button
Porsche 3'27.661 1.648 37
13  3 S.Bourdais
R.van der Zande
Scott Dixon
Cadillac 3'27.672 1.659 35
14  5 Matt Campbell
M.Christensen
F.Makowiecki
Porsche 3'27.672 1.659 34
15  6 Kévin Estre
André Lotterer
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 3'27.679 1.666 35
16  51 A.P.Guidi
James Calado
A.Giovinazzi
Ferrari 3'27.737 1.724 39
17  93 Jean-Éric Vergne
Mikkel Jensen
Nico Müller
Peugeot 3'28.354 2.341 33
18  311 Pipo Derani
Jack Aitken
Felipe Drugovich
Cadillac 3'28.479 2.466 34
19  94 S.Vandoorne
Paul Di Resta
Loïc Duval
Peugeot 3'28.936 2.923 31
20  4 Mathieu Jaminet
Felipe Nasr
Nick Tandy
Porsche 3'28.959 2.946 30
21  19 Romain Grosjean
A.Caldarelli
Matteo Cairoli
Lamborghini 3'29.055 3.042 29
22  63 Mirko Bortolotti
Daniil Kvyat
Edoardo Mortara
Lamborghini 3'30.747 4.734 20
23  11 Carl Bennett
Jean-Karl Vernay
A.Serravalle
Isotta Fraschini 3'33.983 7.970 32
24  14 PJ Hyett
Louis Delétraz
Alex Quinn
ORECA/Gibson 3'34.245 8.232 34
25  30 John Falb
James Allen
J-B.Simmenauer
ORECA/Gibson 3'34.843 8.830 39
26  23 Ben Keating
F.Albuquerque
Ben Hanley
ORECA/Gibson 3'34.903 8.890 30
27  9 Jonas Ried
Maceo Capietto
Bent Viscaal
ORECA/Gibson 3'35.054 9.041 36
28  22 Oliver Jarvis
Bijoy Garg
Nolan Siegel
ORECA/Gibson 3'35.290 9.277 39
29  34 J.Śmiechowski
Vlad Lomko
Clément Novalak
ORECA/Gibson 3'35.360 9.347 36
30  28 Paul Lafargue
Job van Uitert
Reshad De Gerus
ORECA/Gibson 3'35.453 9.440 34
31  24 Fabio Scherer
David H.Hansson
Kyffin Simpson
ORECA/Gibson 3'36.255 10.242 35
32  37 Lorenzo Fluxá
Malthe Jakobsen
Ritomo Miyata
ORECA/Gibson 3'36.602 10.589 39
33  10 Ryan Cullen
Patrick Pilet
S.Richelmi
ORECA/Gibson 3'36.636 10.623 33
34  33 A.Mattschull
Rene Binder
Laurents Hörr
ORECA/Gibson 3'36.842 10.829 35
35  25 Matthias Kaiser
Olli Caldwell
Roman De Angelis
ORECA/Gibson 3'36.942 10.929 35
36  45 George Kurtz
Colin Braun
Nicky Catsburg
ORECA/Gibson 3'36.968 10.955 36
37  65 Rodrigo Sales
Mathias Beche
Scott Huffaker
ORECA/Gibson 3'37.038 11.025 35
38  183 François Perrodo
Ben Barnicoat
Nico Varrone
ORECA/Gibson 3'37.418 11.405 22
39  47 Naveen Rao
Matthew Bell
Frederik Vesti
ORECA/Gibson 3'38.147 12.134 32
40  87 Takeshi Kimura
Esteban Masson
Jack Hawksworth
Lexus 3'57.808 31.795 35
41  70 Brendan Iribe
Ollie Millroy
F.Schandorff
McLaren 3'58.770 32.757 32
42  59 James Cottingham
Nicolas Costa
Grégoire Saucy
McLaren 3'58.975 32.962 31
43  27 Ian James
D.Mancinelli
Alex Riberas
Aston Martin 3'59.058 33.045 22
44  86 Mike Wainwright
Daniel Serra
Riccardo Pera
Ferrari 3'59.277 33.264 19
45  60 C.Schiavoni
Matteo Cressoni
Franck Perera
Lamborghini 3'59.317 33.304 32
46  54 Thomas Flohr
F.Castellacci
Davide Rigon
Ferrari 3'59.337 33.324 32
47  77 Ryan Hardwick
Z.Robichon
Ben Barker
Ford 3'59.350 33.337 28
48  92 Alex Malykhin
Joel Sturm
Klaus Bachler
Porsche 3'59.393 33.380 34
49  91 Yasser Shahin
Morris Schuring
Richard Lietz
Porsche 3'59.421 33.408 37
50  85 Sarah Bovy
Michelle Gatting
Rahel Frey
Lamborghini 3'59.456 33.443 28
51  95 H.Hamaguchi
Nico Pino
Marino Sato
McLaren 3'59.534 33.521 35
52  777 Satoshi Hoshino
Erwan Bastard
Marco Sørensen
Aston Martin 3'59.634 33.621 36
53  155 Johnny Laursen
Conrad Laursen
Jordan Taylor
Ferrari 3'59.635 33.622 33
54  66 G.Petrobelli
Larry ten Voorde
Salih Yoluc
Ferrari 3'59.676 33.663 33
55  78 Arnold Robin
T.Boguslavskiy
K.van der Linde
Lexus 3'59.701 33.688 23
56  55 François Heriau
Simon Mann
Alessio Rovera
Ferrari 3'59.703 33.690 36
57  46 Ahmad Al Harthy
Valentino Rossi
Maxime Martin
BMW 3'59.802 33.789 29
58  82 Hiroshi Koizumi
Sébastien Baud
D.Juncadella
Chevrolet 4'00.054 34.041 37
59  81 Tom Van Rompuy
Rui Andrade
Charlie Eastwood
Chevrolet 4'00.194 34.181 36
60  31 Darren Leung
Sean Gelael
Augusto Farfus
BMW 4'00.221 34.208 30
61  44 John Hartshorne
Ben Tuck
Christopher Mies
Ford 4'00.342 34.329 30
62  88 Giorgio Roda
M.O.Pedersen
Dennis Olsen
Ford 4'02.204 36.191 27

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