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G-Drive Racing Out in Front After FP1

ELMS - 19/07/2019 - Jeff CARTER

The 4 Hours of Barcelona weekend has got underway with the first Free Practice session completed. The 90-minute session was interrupted by two red flags, both to allow stranded cars to be collected safely, with the second red flag bringing the practice session to a conclusion four minutes early.

The no26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01-Gibson was the quickest of 41 cars entered for the 4 Hours of Barcelona, with newly crowned double FIA Formula E Champion Jean-Eric Vergne posting the fastest time of 1m34.242, 0.1 seconds ahead of the no37 Cool Racing Oreca 07 of Nico Lapierre.  High Class Racing (Anders Fjordbach) and DragonSpeed (Ben Hanley) completed the top four times, with the no45 Carlin Dallara of Ben Barnicoat in 5th, just 0.6 seconds behind the leading car.

The no11 Eurointernational Ligier-Nissan of Mikkel Jensen and Jens Petersen was the quickest of the LMP3 runners, the Round 2 winners posting a 1m41.486, nearly 1.3 seconds ahead of the no10 Oregon Team Norma with Damiano Fioravanti setting the fastest time. The no17 Ultimate Norma was third fastest with Mattieu Lehaye posting a 1m42.882, 0.176s behind the no10 Norma and 0.082s ahead of the fourth placed no6 360 Racing Ligier of Ross Kaiser.

Ferrari headed the LMGTE category with the no60 Kessel Racing F488 GTE EVO of Andrea Piccini setting the best time of 1m44.721, half a second ahead of the no56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR, with new crowned FIA WEC LMGTE Am Drivers Champion Jörg Bergmeister setting a 1m45.238 lap time.

The second Free Practice session will begin 21h30 this evening.

CLICK HERE for the result from FP1

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