Porsche top in Nürburgring practice

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Porsche topped the tim­ing sheets in both free prac­tice ses­sions for Sunday’s 6 Hours of the Nür­bur­gring, with the #2 car of Earl Bam­ber post­ing the quick­est time of the day – a 1:38.663.

Fol­low­ing on from the team’s suc­cess at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Hart­ley, Bam­ber and Bern­hard secured Porsche’s 19th Le Mans vic­to­ry, the Ger­man mar­que will be look­ing to cement its advan­tage in the world cham­pi­onship as the FIA WEC moves on to the final Euro­pean round of the sea­son before vis­it­ing Mex­i­co, the US, Japan, Chi­na and Bahrain in the autumn.

Toy­ota fin­ished Friday’s free prac­tice in third with a fastest lap time of 1:39.773 while the #4 ByKolles Rac­ing Team was 6.792 sec­onds fur­ther back in tenth.

In LMP2, G-Dri­ve Rac­ing post­ed the quick­est time in free prac­tice, fol­lowed by the Vail­laint Rebel­lion #13 and Sig­nat­e­ch Alpine #36.

Bal­ance of per­for­mance adjust­ments have mixed up the field some­what in LMGTE-Pro, with Le Mans win­ners Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing being giv­en a weight break of 20kg against the rest of the field. The 6 Hours of the Nür­bur­gring marks the first time the FIA’s new “auto­mat­ic BoP” method has been applied.

The Porsche #91 of Frédéric Makowiec­ki was the quick­est LMGTE-Pro car of the day, quick­ly fol­lowed by the #95 Aston Mar­tin of Nic­ki Thi­im and the #51 AF Corse Fer­rari. GTE Am hon­ours went to the Spir­it of Race Fer­rari #54.

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