The first Free Practice for the Spa Four-Hour race, the fifth round of the 2018 European Le Mans Series took place on Friday morning under rainy skies with an air and track temperatures of 12° and 17° respectively. Racing Engineering used the ninety-minute session to allow their three French drivers, Norman Nato, Paul Petit and Olivier Pla to set up their Oreca 07-Gibson for the legendary Belgian circuit. The Spanish team were one of the first cars on track, which rain had left wet and slippery, with Olivier taking the wheel first and completing a single installation lap before returning to the pits on his return he immediately went fastest with a lap of 2:27.627. After twenty minutes he returned to the pits and it was Paul’s turn in the driving seat and, in very difficult conditions, he was one of the quickest on track pitting after fifty-five minutes to allow Norman to take the remaining thirty-five minutes of the session Like his teammates Norman was soon lapping very quickly on the slippery surface but after ten minutes he had to return to the pits when the session was red-flagged. After a ten minute delay he returned to the track and he was quickly up to speed lapping in 2:22.769 to top the timing sheets, 1.4 seconds faster than the next car, and on his final lap, as the chequered fell he improved again to 2:19.745 to end the session fastest by 0.97 seconds.