Porsche strike back in Fuji FP2

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Porsche struck back in the sec­ond free prac­tice ses­sion for the 6 Hours of Fuji on Fri­day after­noon, with Mark Web­ber set­ting the fastest time of the ses­sion in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of 1:24.074, some nine tenths down on his near­est com­peti­tor.

Oliv­er Jarvis was sec­ond fastest in the #8 Audi R18, while André Lot­ter­er went third with a 1:25.000 in the sis­ter #7 car. The ses­sion was red flagged after just ten min­utes of run­ning, with the #7 car mak­ing con­tact with the #86 Gulf Rac­ing Porsche and slam­ming into the crash bar­ri­ers on driver’s left. The Audi limped back to the pits for repairs and con­tin­ued the ses­sion. In the LMP1 pri­va­teer class, the #13 Rebel­lion Rac­ing crew once again had the upper hand over ByKolles, going around nine tenths quick­er dur­ing the 90 min­utes.

LMP2 hon­ours went to RGR Sport by Morand and Por­tuguese dri­ver Felipe Albu­querque, who was eight tenths quick­er than the fastest dri­ver in FP1, Alex Brun­dle. Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Sig­nat­e­ch Alpine lan­guished down in sev­enth posi­tion and will have to step come race­day to stop the hard-charg­ing RGR Sport crew.

Ford topped the timesheets in GTE Pro once again, but this time it was the turn of the #66 car of Ste­fan Mücke and Olivi­er Pla to post the fastest time. The top three was round­ed off by the two AF Corse cars, who once again bet­tered the Aston Mar­tins.

The quick­est time in GTE Am went to the #98 Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing car of Paul Dal­la Lana, Matthias Lau­da and Pedro Lamy, with the Por­tuguese dri­ver post­ing the fastest time of the ses­sion. The #50 Lar­bre Com­pe­ti­tion Corvette C7.R fin­ished the ses­sion in sec­ond, one place high­er than in FP1 and only two tenths down on the Aston.

Free Prac­tice 3 takes place at 3:00 am CEST, with Qual­i­fy­ing fol­low­ing at 7:00 am.

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