The first Free Practice for the Monza Four-Hour race, the second round of the 2018 European Le Mans Series took place on Friday morning under sunny skies with an air temperature of 24°. Racing Engineering used the one-hour session to allow their drivers, Norman Nato, Paul Petit and Olivier Pla to set up their Oreca 07-Gibson for the legendary Italian circuit. Once again, the Spanish team were right on the pace with Norman setting the fourth fastest time of 1:37.404 and the three drivers completed thirty-two laps, more than any other team.
Saturday morning’s Free Practice session saw the sunny weather continue although it was cloudier and a little cooler with both air and track temperatures of 20°. Olivier drove for the first twenty minutes, setting a best time of 1:38.170, before handing over to Norman who carried out more set-up work until the session was red-flagged after forty-eight minutes. The session resumed with just over thirty minutes to run with Paul Petit now driving and he continued to work with the Racing Engineering team to prepare the chassis for the race and there was no attempt to improve on the earlier lap time.