3. Training was canceled after Peugeot left

3. Training was canceled after Peugeot left

Ferrari won ‘dress practice’ at the second WEC round of the season at Imola ahead of qualifying today: In the 3rd free practice session on Saturday afternoon, the #50 Ferrari 499P (Fuoco, Molina, Nielsen) took first place on time sheets. The Italian automaker’s prototypes already led two free practice sessions on Friday and are therefore favorites in the hunt for today’s qualifying hours (2:45 pm – 3:55 pm).

The 60-minute practice session was stopped by a red flag just three minutes before the end of the session and was not restarted. This was preceded by the departure of Paul Di Resta in the #93 Peugeot 9X8 at the Rivazza bend. The former DTM champion skidded on the gravel at high speed, but managed to avoid hitting the wall. Peugeot will debut a heavily redesigned hypercar this weekend, which now features a rear wing and a standard 29/34 wheel combination.

Lots of slips in the third training session of Imola

The final training session was held in dry conditions with an outside temperature of 17 degrees. The session was full of twists and turns. Alessandro Pier Guidi in the #51 factory Ferrari spun around the track without any outside influence before crashing again hard into the gravel bed. The Alpine A424 and #94 Peugeot with Stoffel Vandoorne at the wheel also came from the old school circuit.

Antonio Fuoco set the fastest time early with 1:31.238 and didn’t give up until practice was stopped. On Friday the Italian had already broken the mark of 31. The pair followed Ferrari’s works driver BMW M Hybrid V8 with starting numbers #15 (Dries Vanthoor, Marciello, Wittmann) and #20 (Sheldon van der Linde, Rast, Frijns) in second and third place.

With a personal best time of 1:31.272 minutes, Dries Vanthoor was just 0.034 seconds behind leader Fuoco. Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast (1:31.543 minutes) in the sister BMW was three tenths of a second behind. P4 went to the yellow #83 Ferrari 499P (Kubica, Shwartzman, Ye) from AF Corse, which had already performed well at the start of the weekend.

The best Porsche in fifth place

Matt Campbell led the top five Porsche 963 in the hypercar starting field in fifth place. The Australian, who will do well in 2024, shares the LMDh car from Zuffenhausen with fellow factory drivers Michael Christensen and Fred Makowiecki. Penske’s sister car with Qatar winners Andre Lotterer, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor finished tenth, 0.790 seconds back.

In sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth place were #51 Ferrari 499P (Pier Guidi, Giovinazzi, Calado), #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid (Buemi, Hartley, Hirakawa), #12 JOTA-Porsche (Stevens, Ilott, Nato) and Toyota #7 (Conway, Kobayashi, de Vries). The #99 Porsche from Proton Competition (Tincknell, Jani, Andlauer) only managed to complete five laps, by far the fewest cars of all.

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