For the duration of 1’31″171 established at the beginning of the session, Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time in Free Practice 1 at the wheel of the #8 Toyota GR010. The Swiss driver was a tenth ahead Mike Conway on the second Toyota. The fastest Peugeot 9X8 was only a few hundredths behind the GR010 #7, James Rossiter posting a 1’31″439 and taking third place in the standings. Another Peugeot, number 93, finished fourth. Paul di Resta he recorded a lap of 1:31.738 after taking over from Mikkel Jensen.
The Performance Scale has been revised before the start of the weekend, mainly by reducing the power of the Alpine A480 #36 and reducing the lower weight of the LMHs. This change probably explains why the old LMP1, which won at Monza, closed the rally in EL1 in its category, which has only five competitors without Glickenhaus. Nicolas Lapierrein 1’32″556, he climbed more than a second from the best mark.
In LMP2, AF Corse Pro-Am #83 set the fastest time, 1’32″624 signed Nicklas Nielsen at the beginning of the session. The Danes gained a lead of more than a third over the two United Autosports, who set the same times, up to a thousandth closer, in hand.Alex Lynn and Philip Albuquerque. As Lynn recorded his first 1’32″866, he beat his garage neighbor. La Jota #28 finished fourth with Ed Jones’ time of 1’33″165.
Ferrari was the fastest manufacturer in GTE Pro, James Calado leading the drum in the 488 GTE Evo #51 in 1’37″723. The two Porsche 911 RSRs followed, Michael Christensen having charged more than a tenth behind the wheel of the #92 and Richard Lietzin #91, a delay of a twelfth.
Antonio Fuoco was fourth, with a time of 1:38.121, in Ferrari #52. The only Chevrolet Corvette C8.R entered finished a second behind, having been hit by a 10kg weight gain. Nick Tandy he got his best time in 1’38″829.
Finally, in GTE Am, Porsche Project 1 #46 of Matteo Cairoli took first place in 1’39″064, by just three thousandths of a second! Aston Martin Vantage D’Station #777, at home, had to settle for second place, ahead of another Aston, #98 .