The 42-car grid participated in the second and final Free Practice session at the 4 Hours of Aragon, and it was the no43 Inter Europol Competition Oreca that set the fastest lap time. The session ran from sunset and finished under the stars, providing a trial run for the race on Saturday night. Olli Caldwell posted a lap time of 1m48.316 in the no43 Oreca, which was four tenths faster than the best time set in FP1. The no43 Oreca finished the session 0.143s ahead of the no47 COOL Racing Oreca of José María López and another two hundredths ahead of the third placed car, the no30 Duqueine Team Oreca which set times of 1m48.499 and 1m48.523 respectively.
LMP2 PRO AM
The no21 United Autosports USA Oreca finished fourth overall and was the fastest LMP2 Pro/Am car with Filipe Albuquerque posting a 1m48.670 lap. The no37 COOL Racing Oreca was the second quickest Pro/Am car in 7th overall, with Malthe Jakobsen going quickest with a 1m49.149, 0.833s behind the no43 Inter Europol Competition Oreca in first place.
The LMP2 Pro/Am class was highly competitive, with the top two cars separated by just over a second. The class will be closely watched during the qualifying session and the race, as the drivers battle it out for the top spot.
The session was not without incident, with a few minor incidents and yellow flags throughout the session. However, the drivers kept their composure and continued to push the limits of their cars.
The no4 DKR Engineering Duqueine was the fastest car in the LMP3 class, with Pedro Perino setting the best time of 1m54.058. The no10 Eurointernational Ligier of Glenn Van Berlo finished second, just 0.030s behind the no4 Duqueine. The WTM by Rinaldi Racing Duqueine was third quickest in 1m54.335, nearly six tenths ahead of the fourth fastest car, the no5 RLR MSport Ligier.
The Iron Lynx set the best time in FP2 for the LMGTE category, with Matteo Cairoli’s time of 1m57.265 outpacing the rest of the field. The second fastest car was the no55 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 of Matt Griffin, the Irish driver just 0.033s slower than his Italian rival. Ferrari filled the next two positions, with Formula Racing third quickest in 1m57.346, just ahead of Kessel Racing by 0.130s.
Overall, the session was highly competitive with close times across all classes. The qualifying session will be held on Saturday morning beginning at 10h15, followed by the race at 18h00. The drivers will be looking to build on their performances in FP2 and secure the best possible starting position for the race.