Toyota made it three from three as they topped the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Six Hours of Silverstone, as Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time of the weekend.
The Spaniard completed a 1m 37.677s tour early in the session in the #8 Toyota, a time that would remain unbeaten as the sister #7 TS050 could only manage a lap 2.3 seconds slower. Alonso’s scorching lap was nearly a second faster than Mike Conway’s Friday benchmark time of 1m 38.536s.
Second fastest and the best non-hybrid LMP1 was the #17 SMP BR1 machine, which set its fastest lap of the weekend in the hands of Stephane Sarrazin. The Frenchman set a 1m 39.326s in the closing stages of the session, a time around eight-tenths quicker than the Frenchman managed yesterday.
Former F1 world champion Jenson Button followed behind in the sister #11 SMP car, the Brit completing a 1m 39.762s tour to secure third, with the #7 Toyota settling for fourth fastest in the session.
It is the first time this weekend that Toyota has failed to lock-out the top two positions on a timesheet.
The Rebellion pair followed on behind in fifth and sixth, the #3 leading the repaired #1, while the Dragonspeed Dallara BR1 finished FP3 seventh thanks to the efforts of Ben Hanley.
ByKolles rounded out the LMP1 runners in eighth, as the Austrian team aimed to try and catch up on the time lost yesterday following a fire onboard the CLM that meant they were forced to miss FP2.
TDS Racing led the LMP2 field thanks to the efforts of Francois Perrodo, who set a 1m 44.247s, while the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing entry followed up in second, seven-tenths behind.
The pair of Chip Ganassi-run Ford GT’s once again topped the timesheets in GTE-Pro, with the #67 lapping over six-tenths quicker than the #66 GT.
Aston Martin kept up their improved pace by ending the session third with the #95 Vantage GTE, albeit still 1.2 seconds in-arrears with Marco Sorensen behind the wheel.
Sam Bird managed to put the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 fourth in GTE-Pro, just two-and-a-half tenths shy of the Aston, while the #91 Porsche completed the top five.
Paul Dalla Lana led GTE-AM for Aston Martin Racing, the Canadian pumping in a 1m 58.460s to lap just four-hundredths faster than the MR Racing Ferrari of Eddie Cheever Jr.