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Toyota returned to the highest within the second practice after a qualifying disaster

Sebastien Buemi was fastest within the two-hour FP2 night session on Wednesday within the No. 8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar, half a second ahead of his nearest rival.

He followed teammate Brendon Hartley's fastest time of eighth in FP1 before each cars finished outside the highest eight fastest cars in the primary qualifying round for the World Endurance Championship double points round.

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Kamui Kobayashi was fourth at the top of the hour-long timed session within the early evening, but lost all of his times when he crashed on the Virage Corvette track (formerly often called Virage Karting) and caused a red flag that interrupted the session.

Buemi clocked a 3:27.474 on his fourth lap in FP2, which in comparison with Robert Kubica's 3:27.998 in AF Corse's Ferrari 499P LMH.

Laurens Vanthoor was lower than tenth late and took third place courtesy of a 3m 28.065s within the number 6 works Porsche 963 LMDh.

Callum Ilott jumped into fourth place in Jota's top customer Porsche with just over half an hour before the top of the session.

The Briton, after a performance that secured him the last place within the Hyperpole for the eight fastest cars in each class, demoted Sebastien Bourdais within the No. 3.R LMDh Cadillac V-Series with a time of 3m28.352s.

Ilott then went off the sector on the Esses exit, hitting the barriers and prompting a red flag with just over a minute left within the session.

Alpine and Cadillac battled for top six spots throughout the session.

Ferdinand Habsburg was initially fourth within the French manufacturer's No. 35 A424 LMDh, before Sebastien Bourdais bettered teammate Scott Dixon's time of three:28.485 s and passed him.

In the ultimate minutes of the session, Nicolas Lapierre within the sister automobile achieved a time of three m28.458 s, due to which Alpine took the lead and secured fifth position.

#2 Cadillac Racing Cadillac V-SeriesR: Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Alex Palou

#2 Cadillac Racing Cadillac V-SeriesR: Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Alex Palou

Photo: Alexander Trienitz

Bourdais ended up as meat within the Alpine sandwich between Lapierre and Habsburg.

Habsburg's 3:28.644s was the seventh fastest time of the session, just ahead of Alessandro Pier Guidi within the factory #51 Ferrari who clocked 3:28.853s.

The second Toyota within the hands of Nyck de Vries finished ninth, and the second full-year entry of the Porsche Penske Motorsport team into the WEC within the hands of Matt Campbell rounded out the highest ten.

The WRT BMW M Hybrid V8, by which Dries Vanthoor was fastest in the primary qualifying, finished thirteenth within the hands of Marco Wittmann, while the leading Peugeot 9X8 2024 LMH finished 18th with Paul di Resta on the wheel.

Lamborghini finished twentieth with the most effective of its Iron Lynx SC63-powered LMDh, by which the time was set by Mirko Bortolotti.

Malthe Jakobsen took the lead again in LMP2 after taking first place in the primary qualifying session in his Cool Racing ORECA-Gibson 07.

The Dane's results of 3:35.386 pushed United Autosports driver Oliver Jarvis, who initially led with a results of 3:36.551, to second place with a bonus of over a second.

Scott Huffaker was third within the TDS-led Panis Racing team.

#88 Ford Mustang LMGT3 Proton Competition: Giorgio Roda, Mikkel Pedersen, Dennis Olsen

#88 Ford Mustang LMGT3 Proton Competition: Giorgio Roda, Mikkel Pedersen, Dennis Olsen

Photo: Alexander Trienitz

Proton Competition Ford has again set the fastest times in the brand new 2024 LMGT3 class after Ben Barker led in qualifying.

Dennis Olsen was fastest within the German team's No. 88 Ford Mustang GT3 with a time of 3m58.689s, just three hundredths faster than Marco Sorensen's 3m58.716s within the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 D'station.

Maxime Martin dropped to 3rd after being fastest at the beginning of the session in WRT's top-of-the-range BMW M4 GT3.

FP3 starts on Thursday at 3pm local time, with the half-hour Hyperpole session starting at 8pm.

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