24 Hours of Le Mans – FP4: Toyota leads in the night… and in the rain

Toyota set the best time in the last Free Practice session before the 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to Brendon Hartley in the No. 8, while the first drops of rain fell on the circuit.

Published on 13/06/2024 à 23:35

Dorian Grangier

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24 Hours of Le Mans – FP4: Toyota leads in the night… and in the rain

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That’s it, that’s it… for the Free Practices! Just a few minutes after the Hyperpole and the pole position of the Porsche n°6 by Kévin Estre, it’s the turn of Toyota to shine one last time before the 24H of Le Mans. Brendon Hartley (Toyota n°8) set the best time in the 4th and final test session of the week, organized at night… and in the rain! Indeed, the first drops fell on the circuit, a light shower but which made the track slippery at the end of the session. A session which could be useful despite everything, since rain is expected on Sunday morning during the race.

The New Zealander set the best time in 3'29"451, almost five seconds faster than the Hyperpole times. He anticipated the Ferrari n°50 and the BMW n°20. Peugeot placed the No. 94 in 4th place thanks to Mikkel Jensen, while the first Alpine ranked 6th with #35. The second Toyota finished in 10th place, while Nyck de Vries had a big scare when braking at Mulsanne: like Jean-Éric Vergne the day before, the Dutchman was forced to go around a roundabout to get back on the track!

In LM P2, Benjamin Hanley set the best time in the category aboard the No. 23 Oreca from the United Autosports team, while the No. 87 Lexus from the Akkodis ASP team finished first in LMGT3 thanks to Esteban Masson. The Free Practice is now over, it's time for the race on Saturday with the fifteen-minute warm-up (12:00 p.m.) then the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans scheduled for 16:00 p.m. The race will be followed live with commentary on AUTOhebdo.

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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