A heavy accident involving Pedro Lamy's Peugeot and Mike Newton's RML HPD brought the second practice session for the Spa 1000km to a premature end.
Lamy and Newton collided at the entrance to the Fagne chicane, sending both the LMP1 and LMP2 machines into the barriers at high speed and causing heavy damage to both. Both drivers are now out of their cars and reported to be uninjured by the ACO, but with the barrier suffering damage as well, a decision was taken to make the resulting red flag a permanent one.
That decision left the Audi team heading the time sheets with a sweep of the top three positions. The Benoit Treluyer/Andre Lotterer/Marcel Fassler R18 TDI that had crashed in the earlier session was quickest in 2m03.124s. The second R18 of Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish/Dindo Capello was 1.2sec back in second while the Timo Bernhard/Mike Rockenfeller/Romain Dumas was third. Lamy's was the fastest Peugeot in fourth while the older ORECA 908 was next up, ahead of the other two factory cars.
The Zytek-Nissan of Greaves Motorsport was the quickest car in LMP2, thanks to the efforts of Tom Kimber-Smith/Gary Chalandon/Karim Ojeh, while Hope Racing again paced the small number of Formula Le Mans runners.
Ferrari again dominated proceedings in the GTE Pro category, but this time the JMW car of British duo Rob Bell and James Walker seized the advantage, and was almost half a second clear of Dominik Farnbacher/Allan Simonsen in the Farnbacher 458.
The best of the AF Corse cars was that of Giancarlo Fisichella/Gimmi Bruni in third while Porsche's best representative was the IMSA car of Wolf Henzler/Patrick Pilet and Andy Priaulx/Uwe Alzen were again the best of the BMW drivers.
IMSA was on top form in the GTE Am class, Nicolas Armindo and Raymond Narac again leading the way.
Prior to the Lamy/Newton incident, there had been an earlier red flag when Jean-Christophe Boullion hit the barriers hard at the exit of Eau Rouge in his Rebellion prototype.