BAPTISM OF RAIN
The unpredictable weather complicates tyre choice, causing the two Alpines to slip to 12th and 15th in the LMP2 class.
Mastering the damp and treacherous track surface, Nicolas Lapierre and Nelson Panciatici waste no time at all in recovering lost ground.
Their respective team-mates Gustavo Menezes / Stéphane Richelmi and Ho-Pin Tung / David Cheng subsequently take over behind the wheel and continue the fightback as they climb to second (No36) and eighth (No35) positions. For the former, the class-leading Thiriet by TDS Racing entry is now just 16 seconds ahead and firmly within sight.