Porsche Repeat FP1 to Stay Fastest

A repeat of FP1 for Porsche Team see’s them remain on top in LMP1. Once again the #20 car leads the #14. The rest of the order however looks somewhat different to earlier in the day.

13917364077_71f49e84b6_oThe LMP1 teams finished the session in formation, with Porsche heading Audi, Toyota and Rebellion. The #20 Porsche once again topped the times ahead of the #14 but this time by a reduced margin, just 0.09 of a second between the team mates. The #1 Audi was next up, o.1 seconds off of the pace with the #2 Audi a further 0.1 off of that. A surprising lack of pace from the Toyota pair meant that the #8 and #7 finished the final session of the day in fifth and sixth respectively, 1 second off of the pace setting Porsche. Rebellion stayed in Seventh and Eighth position but this time swapped around, the #13 finishing ahead of the #12. This time both just 3.5 seconds off of the hybrid pace. The Lotus again came in 9th in class. The #2 Audi set the most laps out of everyone in class, clocking up a total of 65 laps.

LMP2 was a repeat of the earlier session, G-Drive again set the pace by a staggering 1.3 seconds ahead of their championship contenders in the #27 SMP Racing ORECA. The KCMG ORECA was next up to complete the top 3 in LMP2 a further 0.4 seconds behind the #27. Fourth position went to the #37 SMP Racing ORECA just 0.014 of a second behind the KCMG. The #37 also set the most amount of laps in class with a total of 50.

GTE-PRO has been turned on it head from the earlier session. It was an Aston Martin 1-2 at the head of the class, the #99 leading the #97 by a tiny 0.1 of a second. The #91 Porsche 911 of Lietz, Tandy and Bergmeister wrapped up the top 3 in class 0.7 off of the fastest lap from the #99. Vilander and Bruni in their Ferrari were next up in fourth position 0.006 behind the #91 Porsche. The #92 Porsche was fifth in class with the most laps completed in class, but ahead of the previous pace setter, the #71 Ferrari, that finished at the bottom of GTE-PRO.

13917317467_b940b628b6_oGTE-AM was another Aston Martin 1-2 but this time the #98 car finishing ahead #95 Dane train by half a second, although the #95 team did set the most laps in the class. The #81 AF Corse Ferrari was third in class, 0.8 seconds off of the outright class pace. Proton Competition climbed up the order to fourth in class, 0.9 seconds off the #98 Aston. Next up was the #90 8 Star Motrosports Ferrari 1 second off of the top of the class. Emerson Fittipaldi’s effort fell down to sixth in class after earlier promise. The field was backed up with the #75 Prospeed Competition Porsche, Seventh in class.

Images: Walter Schruff