Matteo Cairoli and Porsche lead GTE in Red Bull Ring opening practice

An impressive debut for Porsche Junior driver Matteo Cairoli in the European Le Mans Series.

At the wheel of the #88 Porsche 911 RSR from Proton Competition, he was the fastest in the opening practice session at the Red Bull Ring with a best time of 1:29.129. The Italian is sharing the Porsche with co-drivers Gianluca Roda and Christian Ried.

The JMW Motorsport #66 Ferrari 458 Italia was second fastest in GTE class with drivers Robert Smith, Rory Butcher and Andrea Bertolini.

The Proton Competition #77 Porsche 911 RSR in the hands of Wolf Henzler, Michael Hedlund, and Marco Seefried completed the top-three in GTE.

The Beechdean AMR #99 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was fourth fastest with drivers Andrew Howard, Alex MacDowall and  Darren Turner.

Action will resume at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday with a second practice session followed by the qualifying one.

Photo: / ELMS