Le Mans, 11 June – The Le Mans 24 Hours got off on the right foot for “Gimmi” Bruni, who along with Giancarlo Fisichell and Toni Vilander is chasing another victory after a class winning performance in the 2012 classic at La Sarthe. The Italian was quickest in the LMGTE Pro category, stopping the clock in 3.57.028. Bruni covered 29 laps despite the time lost after the frightening accident that befell France’s Loic Duval in an Audi. Fortunately, he is virtually unscathed although his car was completely destroyed at the Porsche corner.
In the final moments of the session, after the red flag break, Bruni beat the factory Aston Martin of Turner-Senna-Mucke by 58 thousandths and the Chevrolet of Magnussen-Garcia-Taylor by over a second. Fourth was car 71 with the AF Corse crew of Davide Rigon, James Calado and Olivier Beretta, who lapped in 3.58.263. the third 458 did less well: the RAM Racing car, in the hands of Matt Griffin, Alvaro Parente and Federico Leo.
Comfortably fastest in the LMGTE Am category was the Aston Martin of Poulsen-Henemeier Hanss-Thiim with a 3.57.015, almost two seconds faster than the best of the Ferraris, which was third, the 81 AF Corse car crewed by Stephen Wyatt, Michele Rugolo and Sam Bird. The other ten 458 Italia GT2s in the category filled places from sixth downwards. First qualifying starts at 22h00 tonight.