The six round European Le Mans Series will start with the 4 Hours of Le Castellet at the Circuit Paul Ricard. Forty one full season entries will fight for the honour of becoming the 2018 European Champions and receive the automatic invitation to the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans in June next year.
The grid this year will feature the largest gathering of LMP2 cars ever in the history of the series and when combined with the LMP3 category, the total number of Le Mans Prototypes will be thirty five cars.
In 2018 the European Le Mans Series will visit five current F1 tracks, with Le Castellet, Monza (May), Red Bull Ring (July), Silverstone (August) and Spa-Francorchamps (September), with the season finale in Portugal at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in October.
The 2018 ELMS season promises to be full of drama and action and it begins on Sunday 15 April. See all the action on tRL TV.
Michelin Le Mans Cup Now Ready for Battle
The second three hour session saw heavier rain fall onto the Circuit Paul Ricard, causing the times in the afternoon to be slower than the best of the 4-hour morning test session. Only 18 of the 30 cars ventured out to set a lap time, the other teams deciding not to risk damaging their cars ahead of this weekend’s opening race at Le Castellet.
The no79 Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Ligier of Colin Noble was the fastest car in the extremely wet conditions, with the Scot setting a 2m11.148, three seconds adrift of the 2m08.026 lap set by Andy Meyrick in the no98 Motorsport98 Ligier in the earlier session.
Andy Meyrick said: “The conditions were pretty bad out on track, it certainly isn’t what you would expect for this time of year in the south of France. However we made the most of it. We finished last year on a high note winning the race in Portimão, so we have come here full of confidence. We just need to keep learning about the car in the wet, which could be useful for this weekend’s race.”
The fastest GT3 was the no71 AF Corse Ferrari F488 of Marco Cioci, the Italian setting the fourth fastest time overall with a 2m13.281. This time was 2.2 seconds behind the best time of the day set by Giacomo Piccini in the no8 Kessel Racing F488.
The Michelin Le Mans Cup will be back on track on Friday 13 April for the first Free Practice session of the weekend at 10h00. The first 2-hour race of the 2018 season is due to start at 16h00 on Saturday 14 April. See all the action live, on tRL TV.