Sebastien Buemi ensured the #8 Toyota finished morning warm-up fastest ahead of this afternoon's Le Mans 24 Hours, edging out the #2 Audi.

While it is the sister Toyota which will start the race from pole position, Buemi set a time of 3:23.731 to set the pace, with his lap being just 1.2s slower than the quickest time the #8 car could register during qualifying.

While warm-up lasted only 45 minutes it was a close session, with the #2 Audi in second as Andre Lotterer was only 0.010s slower and the #7 Toyota was third less than half a second shy of Buemi's time.

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All of the Audi cars showed improved pace - giving further weight to their claim that they are set up for the race - with Filipe Albuquerque in the #3 car fourth and the #1 car fifth with Marc Gene at the wheel at the end of the session.

The two Porsche's were next up with Mark Webber 4.2s off the pace in the #20 car, while the #14 car - which will start the race from second place - was seventh but over six seconds slower than Buemi.

The fastest LMP2 car was Pierre Thiriet in the #46 Ligier, as four cars - the #46, the #48 Oreca, the #35 Ligier and #26 Morgan - were all covered by a mere 0.35s.

Track conditions were far from ideal as the cars took the track for the first time since Thursday night, with some parts of the circuit having been opened up again as public roads on Friday. However, with drivers keen not to damage machinery on the morning of the race they weren't pushing as hard as in qualifying.

That didn't prevent some incidents though, with Mika Salo ending the session in the tyre barrier at the Porsche Curves as he lost control of his #27 SMP Racing Oreca due to an apparent tyre failure. The car was pitched in to a spin and hit the barrier side-on, leaving the team with a busy few hours to try and repair the car ahead of the race.

The sister SMP car was also in the wars as Maurizio Mediani turned back across on the #70 Team Taisan Ferrari of Shinji Nakano and clipped the front of the GTE AM entry, damaging the left rear bodywork of the #37 SMP car.