The third session of practice for Motul Petit Le Mans brought the first night running of the weekend. As much as fast lappery, the session was about preparing for the latter portion of Saturday’s 10-hour enduro, ensuring things like headlight settings were as ideal as possible, gaining knowledge of fuel mileage on used tires, and other race-centric tactics.
For all that, it was a wild session in terms of Prototype pace-setters, with the top spot changing hands numerous times before the pair of Patron ESM Nissans wound up 1-2, with Norman Nato in the No. 2 pipping Pipo Derani in the No. 22 by just 0.09s. An Acura, Cadillac and Mazda followed in the top 5.
The narrow margins prompted Action Express’s Felipe Albuquerque to take to Twitter after his stint:
Corvette again led Ford in their ongoing GTLM battle, Tommy Milner in the No. 3 C7.R turning a 1m17.847s late in the session to better the time of teammate Antonio Garcia in the No. 4. Ryan Briscoe was just a couple of tenths back in the faster of the two Fords.
In GTD, Felipe Fraga set the pace in the No. 71 P1 Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, ahead of Daniel Morad in the Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 and Kyle Marcelli in the No. 14 Lexus.
Wolf Henzler had a fortunate spin under the bridge with the No. 73 Park Place Porsche, managing to resume without making any contact.