Prologue: #7 Toyota fastest as opening session cut short due to wet weather

The #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing Hypercar was fastest by the end of the opening Prologue session, cut short by heavy wet weather conditions.

Sebring International Raceway welcomed the World Endurance Championship for the first time since last visiting in 2019.

The opening three-hour session saw the 36-car field take to the bumps for the first time with minimal incidents and a rain-struck circuit which ended the session almost an hour early.

The #7 reigning champions was fastest with a 1m51.223s, almost half-a-second ahead of the #41 RealTeam by WRT who’s teammates are defending champions in the LMP2 class.

Their time of 1m51.640s narrowly edged the #36 Alpine in third overall.

More about LMP2, Pro/Am class-debutants AF Corse only set two lap-times after spending most of their time in the garage.

As for Hypercar’s other entries, the #8 Toyota and #708 Glickenhaus Racing, were further down the tightly-packed order of endurance prototypes.

Both Toyotas each gathered 42 laps of experience, reaching almost identical average speeds.

The Glickenhaus was further down the running with 14 laps on the board, but set a top speed of 277.88 km/h to be the third fastest, in that aspect, in the Hypercar class.

In GTE-Pro, the #92 Porsche caused one of two Red Flag periods when it stopped on track.

Nevertheless, they were fastest in class with a lap-time of 1m58.543s ahead of the sister Porsche.

Team Project 1 set a 1m59.573s to be quickest in the GTE-Am category with a top speed of 243.21 km/h.

Almost an hour before the scheduled end, the dry conditions rapidly transitioned to heavy wet weather conditions thus ending the morning session.

The afternoon session will take place later today.

Overall Position Category Team Fastest Time Diff. (Seconds) Completed Laps
Top Speed (km/h)
1 Hypercar #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing 1m51.223s 42 284.25
2 LMP2 #41 RealTeam By WRT 1m51.640s + 0.417 37 267.53
3 Hypercar #36 Alpine Elf Team 1m51.695s + 0.472 26 273.98
4 LMP2 #31 WRT 1m51.703s + 0.480 23 267.01
5 LMP2 #9 Prema Orlen Team 1m51.710s + 0.487 38 268.58
6 LMP2 #38 JOTA 1m51.813s + 0.590 32 264.42
7 LMP2 #22 United Autosports USA 1m51.979s + 0.756 34 268.58
8 LMP2 #23 United Autosports USA 1m52.097s + 0.874 41 269.64
9 LMP2 #1 Richard Mille Racing Team 1m52.488s + 1.265 32 265.45
10 LMP2 #28 JOTA 1m52.528s + 1.305 42 265.45
11 Hypercar #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing 1m52.566s + 1.343 42 284.84
12 LMP2 (Pro/Am) #35 Ultimate 1m52.870s + 1.647 40 264.93
13 LMP2 #10 Vector Sport 1m53.004s + 1.781 32 268.58
14 LMP2 (Pro/Am) #45 Algarve Pro Racing 1m53.092s + 1.869 35 263.91
15 LMP2 #5 Team Penske 1m53.261s + 2.038 23 262.38
16 LMP2 #34 Inter Europol Competition 1m53.581s + 2.358 37 263.91
17 LMP2 (Pro/Am) #44 ARC Bratislava 1m53.983s + 2.760 41 262.89
18 Hypercar #708 Glickenhaus Racing 1m57.462s + 6.239 14 277.88
19 GTE-Pro #92 Porsche GT Team 1m58.543s + 7.320 35 245.84
20 GTE-Pro #91 Porsche GT Team 1m58.758s + 7.535 39 244.96
21 GTE-Pro #64 Corvette Racing 1m59.122s + 7.899 43 246.73
22 GTE-Am #46 Team Project 1 1m59.573s + 8.350 27 243.21
23 GTE-Pro #51 AF Corse 2m00.098s + 8.875 36 240.21
24 GTE-Am #98 NorthWest AMR 2m00.445s + 9.222 25 240.63
25 GTE-Pro #52 AF Corse 2m00.618s + 9.395 37 239.37
26 GTE-Am #56 Team Project 1 2m01.043s + 9.820 41 239.37
27 GTE-Am #21 AF Corse 2m01.071s + 9.848 34 239.79
28 GTE-Am #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2m01.347s + 10.124 34 241.06
29 GTE-Am #54 AF Corse 2m01.413s + 10.190 40 238.53
30 GTE-Am #85 Iron Dames 2m01.550s + 10.327 42 237.7
31 GTE-Am #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2m01.565s + 10.342 40 241.91
32 GTE-Am #33 TF Sport 2m01.570s + 10.347 22 238.12
33 GTE-Am #60 Iron Lynx 2m01.969s + 10.746 35 237.29
34 GTE-Am #777 D’station Racing 2m02.608s + 11.385 36 240.21
35 GTE-Am #71 Spirit of Race 2m02.690s + 11.467 43 241.06
36 LMP2 (Pro/Am) #83 AF Corse 4m35.836s + 2m44.613 2 189.5