Follow the 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day live with commentary

After the weigh-in over the last two days, it's time for the Test Day of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this Sunday! To follow live with commentary on AUTOhebdo from 9:45 a.m.

Published on 09/06/2024 à 15:15

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Follow the 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day live with commentary

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After being presented to the public during the weigh-in over the last two days and then during a parade in the streets of the city, it is on the track that the 62 cars expected at the start of the 92nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans are expected this Sunday for Test Day.

It will be difficult to establish a real hierarchy at the end of this day, but it will always be interesting to note the first chronometric data or the number of laps completed for each. It is also important for the Rookies present today, who will have to complete 10 laps to be eligible for the race next weekend. Some, like the champion IndyCar in title Alex Palou, are exempt from Test Day, because they are present at other meetings across the globe. These exempt drivers will still have to complete five laps during the first official practice session on Wednesday.

The Test Day is divided into two stages: a first practice session starting at 10:00 a.m. and which will last until 13:00 p.m. Then a second from 15:30 p.m. to 18:30 p.m. A day to follow live with commentary below. Live timing is also available HERE.

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18:26 p.m. – The Toyota #7 ended up in the gravel on the left side of Indianapolis.


18:25 p.m. – The session ends under a red flag, like this morning.

18h24 - 🔴 Red flag! The #7 Toyota, which had the best time this morning, is immobilized in Indianapolis!

18h22 - We have entered the last ten minutes of the session, no changes in the ranking, but the 23 Hypercars are currently on track!

18h12 - It's the turn of Oreca n°183 from AF Corse to receive five minutes of stop and go for non-compliance with track limits. There McLaren No. 95 from United Autosports suffered the same fate.

18h11 - La Peugeot #93 seems in slow motion.

18:10 p.m. – 🟢 Green flag, the Safety Car procedure has been shortened!

18h04 - While we are in the last half hour, the ranking should change little, due to the Safety Car procedure, which still takes a little time to be completely carried out. Both Porsche Penske, the No. 6 and the No. 4, are still in the first two positions, ahead of the No. 8 Toyota.

18h01 - 🟡 Safety Car now.

17h55 - The No. 5 Penske Porsche of Fred Makowiecki is idling at Mulsanne.

17h54 - “Spike”, the Oreca AO by TF n°14, left the track on the left side of Indianapolis, 🟡 Slow Zone!

17h53 - Note that earlier in this session, the No. 11 Isotta Fraschini of Jean-Karl Vernay received a five-minute stop-and-go penalty for not respecting track limits.

17h48 - We quickly return to 🟢 green flag

17:47 p.m. – 🟡 Yellow flag At the first Mulsanne chicane, Inter Europol Competition's No. 34 Oreca is stopped.

17h40 - The #15 BMW hits the track for the first time this afternoon, after changing its engine.

17h30 - The ranking one hour from the end of this Test Day:

17:25 p.m. – 🟢 Green flag

17:24 p.m. – 🟡 Short yellow flag for the #33 DKR Engineering Oreca which stopped at the second chicane. 

17h21 - Due to a mechanical problem, BMW had to change the engine of the #15 for safety reasons. The car is still in the garage.

17h15 - Package at Imola and Spa, Ferdinand Habsburg (left in the photo) is currently at the wheel of theAlpine n ° 35.

Ferdinand Habsburg and Paul-Loup Chatin – Photo: Javier Jimenez / DPPI

17h07 - The Porsches are in a strong position in the standings with the three official cars in the top 4. Only the No. 8 Toyota got in between, in third place.

17h01 - Conversely, BMW No. 15 did not move from its garage this afternoon.

17h00 - The No. 99 Proton Competition Porsche appears on track for the first time in this second session.

16h58 - ❓ Weaned from victory since the 24 2023 Hours of Le Mans, the Ferrari 499P, however, showed good things in qualifying and in the race in 2024. While Porsche dominated the start of the season, wouldn't the Italian manufacturer ultimately be the favorite to take over? ⬇️

Ferrari, favorite for its own succession at the 24 Hours of Le Mans?

16h48 - 📸 Some photos from the morning session:

16h42 - All we had to do was talk about it, the COOL Racing n°37 was back on the track! Malthe Jakobsen is at the wheel.

16h36 - Accidented at the Porsche corners at the end of the session, the No. 37 COOL Racing Oreca has not yet taken to the track this afternoon.

16h31 - 🟢 Green flag

16h30 - The ranking in the three categories, after the first of three hours of driving:

16h28 - The #19 Lamborghini sets off again!

16h25 - Unusual situation under red flag, since Matteo Cairoli spun with the #19 Lamborghini at Arnage. The Italian hasn't left yet.

16h16 - 🔴 Red flag! The #10 Vector Sport is immobilized in Indianapolis.

16h11 - 🟢 Green flag

16:09 p.m. – 🟡 Full Course Yellow, this appears to be a test of procedures.

16h02 - Jean-Karl Vernay was able to leave, behind the wheel of the Italian prototype.

16:01 p.m. – 🟡 Double yellow flags. The No. 11 Isotta Fraschini is stopped at the Arnage bend.

15h57 - 3'26″910 for Kévin Estre on the last pass, the Frenchman does not slow down and is only three thousandths off his best time!

15h50 - The Hypercar top 10, after the first 20 minutes of the session:

15h48 - 21 of the 23 Hypercars entered completed a rolling lap, only the #15 BMW and the #99 Porsche Proton did not take to the track this afternoon.

15:46 p.m. – Estre drives home the point, he now has the reference mark of 3'26″907. For comparison, the #51 Ferrari set the best time last year in 3'29″504.

15h41 - THEAston Martin No. 777 briefly stopped at the first Hunaudières chicane, but then started again.

15:40 p.m. – Kévin Estre takes the #6 Porsche to the front, in 3’27″798.

15:38 p.m. – First passage on the line for the competitors, and Brendon Hartley already going faster than the best time of the morning! 3'27″921 for the #8 Toyota.

15h31 - The conditions are logically warmer than this morning, it's 22°C in the air, 35°C on the track.

15:30 p.m. – 🟢 Green flag, let’s go!

15h28 - The cars take their places in the pit lane, only two minutes before the start of this second session of the day, which will last three hours like the first.

15h21 - The sun is still present in Sarthe, even if a few clouds have come to accompany it! After the Ligier European Series event which has just been held, the track is likely to be quite dusty, as was the case this morning.

15h15 - The second practice session of this Test Day will begin at 15:30 p.m. Thank you for being with us to follow it live with commentary on AUTOhebdo.fr.

13h05 - Meet at 15:30 p.m. to experience the afternoon session of this Test Day of the 24 2024 Hours of Le Mans!

13h04 - The summary of the morning can be found here:

24 Hours of Le Mans – Test Day: Toyota leads the way at midday

13:00 p.m. – End of red flag session. The best time is for the #7 Toyota in 3:28.467.

(The ranking is indicated in “race mode”, and therefore filtered by the number of laps covered)

12:58 – 🔴 Red flag! The COOL Racing No. 37 is stopped in the Porsche corners.

12h53 - While we are in the last ten minutes of the session, it is the Isotta Fraschini which has covered the most laps (25). The #7 Toyota still has the best time of the morning.

12h48 - A preview of the BMW Art Car on track:

12:44 – 🟢 Green flag. The session resumes.

12:42 p.m. – 🟡 New yellow flag. BMW No. 15 was stopped.

12h39 - 📸 Nielsen Racing shares the traditional photo from the 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day:

12:34 p.m. – 🟢 Green flag, the session resumes.

12:32 – 🟡 Full Course Yellow. Lexus No. 87 is stopped in La Chapelle.

12:29 p.m. – 🟡 Yellow flag 

12h22 - The No. 3 Cadillac was able to return to the track. Renger van der Zande is at the wheel.

12:21 p.m. – 🟢 The Safety Car phase is over, the session has started again!

12h09 - 📸 Some photos of the Hypercars on track this Sunday morning:

12h05 - 📊 As we enter the last hour of this first driving session at Le Mans, the No. 7 Toyota, the fastest car on the track at the moment, is also the one which has covered the most laps (13). Cadillac No. 3 brings up the rear of this ranking after its problem which occurred a little earlier.

12h00 - 🗨️ Test day already over for Jack Aitken (Cadillac n°311) who will now head to Zandvoort (Netherlands) to compete in the second race of DTM of the weekend: The trail isn't too bad. I felt it was better than in previous years when we came for Test Day, with a bit of resurfacing. I felt comfortable in the car and did the important laps, so thanks to the team and Cadillac for their efforts. I knew this weekend would be busy anyway and I tried to make the best of the situation. I don't worry too much about the preparation. I've been here a few times now and as a team we've made some big improvements from last year. I just have to go back on Wednesday. »

11h39 - Renger van der Zande left his place to Sébastien Bourdais in Cadillac No. 3, but the latter has still not left, after stopping near Mulsanne an hour ago with a suspected fuel problem.

11h34 - A Test Day is also there to test various procedures! The race management has just triggered a safety car procedure, even though there are no problems on the track. Everyone therefore has the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the specific regulations of the 24 Hours of Le Mans!

11h27 - Kamui Kobayashi lowers the reference mark to 3'28″467 on the No. 7 Toyota. The #63 Lamborghini is still second, ahead of the other Toyota, the #8 driven by Sébastien Buemi.

11h25 - Jack Aitken is currently behind the wheel of the No. 311 Cadillac. The Briton, like Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde, Marco Wittmann, René Rast and Mirko Bortolotti, will have to hand over the wheel to his teammates in a little over half an hour. All these beautiful people will indeed fly around noon to Zandvoort in the Netherlands, where they are expected for a DTM race at 16:30 p.m. !

11h18 - A good part of the Hypercar peloton passes through the pit lane, we continue to collect important data while the track is at 20°C, it is 19°C in the air.

11h10 - After an hour and ten minutes, it's the #7 Toyota that leads the way in 3'29"033, ahead of the #63 Lamborghini in 3'29"639.

11h01 - Cars no. 31 (BMW M4 LMGT3 of Team WRT) and 155 (Ferrari 296 LMGT3 Spirit of Race) are currently under investigation, as they may not have complied with the slow zone procedure.

10h57 - Everyone returned to the track in the Hypercar category, except the #19 Lamborghini and the #3 Cadillac.

10:54 a.m. – 🟢 Green flag, the session resumes!

10h48 - Note the good performance of Esteban Masson in GT3. The young Frenchman placed the No. 87 Lexus in first position in its category before the session was interrupted with a time of 4:00.668.

10h46 - According to the first information reaching us, it was a fuel problem which stopped the No. 3 Cadillac at the side of the track.

10:41 a.m. – 🔴 Red flag! The No. 3 Cadillac of Renger van der Zande is stopped after Mulsanne.

10h34 - 🔄️ First driver changes at Peugeot: Jean-Éric Vergne takes the place of Nico Müller in the No. 93, Paul di Resta replaces Stoffel Vandoorne in the No. 94.

10h30 - The ranking of the Hypercar category after half an hour of session this morning:

10h28 - The start of this first practice session was given at 10:00 a.m.:

10:25 a.m. – Laurens Vanthoor is the first driver to go under 3:30 with a lap of 3:29.666 at the wheel of the #6 Porsche.

10h17 - In LM P2, Malthe Jakobsen has the best time in 3:41.056 for COOL Racing. On the GT3 side, Marino Sato took first place with the #95 United Autosports McLaren in 4:02.388.

10:13 – Kamui Kobayashi lowers the benchmark with a 3:30.871 lap

10:11 a.m. – Mirko Bortolotti sets the best time in 3:32.295 at the wheel of the No. 63 Lamborghini SC63.

10:08 a.m. – The first driver to set a time is Malthe Jakobsen at the wheel of the No. 07 COOL Racing Oreca 37: 3:43.971. Immediately beaten by the first cars in the Hypercar category, notably the No. 7 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi in 3:36.632.

10:00 a.m. – 🟢 Green flag! The morning session is underway and the first cars take to the track.

9h55 - As a reminder, a double last minute change took place in the entry list following the injury of Mike conway. The Briton, who fell off his bike during training, is replaced in the No. 7 Toyota by Jose Maria Lopez, himself replaced in the No. 87 Lexus by Jack Hawksworth. Arriving in time for the weigh-in, the usual driver Vasser Sullivan IMSA borrowed a suit from his sister car teammate, Kelvin van der Linde.

9:45 a.m. – Hello everyone. Welcome to this live commentary of the Test Day of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2024! The first session will take place from 10:00 a.m.

Valentin Glo and Michaël Duforest

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