Sebring FP2: Lap times fall in night practice

Free practice two at the 1000 Miles of Sebring gave teams and drivers a chance to tackle the Sebring International Raceway in darkness. There were further improvements in lap times across the board as more and more rubber went down onto the Sebring track surface.

Sebring FP2: Ford GT during free practice 2 at the 1000 Miles of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway

Quickest was José María López in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid with a fastest time of 1:41.730, two tenths better than teammate Kazuki Nakajima’s time in FP1 earlier on in the day in the #8 machine. The #8 car was 0.5 seconds slower in second position, with Fernando Alonso the fastest driver in that car.

The pair of SMP Racing BR1s were the fastest privateers in the second free practice session, with Stéphane Sarrazin and Brendon Hartley finishing FP2 just 0.01 seconds apart with fastest laps of 1:43.009 and 1:43.019 respectively.

Rebellion Racing completed the most laps among the privateer teams and finished the night session in fifth and sixth position with their pair of Rebellion R13s.

Sebring FP2: Ford GT during free practice 2 at the 1000 Miles of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway

The #97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage was once again fastest in the second free practice session after topping the time sheets in FP1. This time it was Brit Alex Lynn who posted the fastest lap time, a 1:57.792, which was two tenths faster than Belgian teammate Maxime Martin in FP1.

The #67 and #66 Ford GTs were second and third respectively, with the #51 AF Corse Ferrari fourth-fastest.

There was some promising news in GTE Am, where the Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR was able to go out on track ahead of schedule in FP2 following fire damage to its GTE Am machine in testing. The German team missed FP1 after having only taken delivery of a replacement car earlier in the morning.

Quickest in GTE Am was fellow Porsche team Gulf Racing with Ben Barker posting a 1:59.327. Second-quickest was Giancarlo Fisichella for Spirit of Race’s Ferrari 488 GTE followed by Matteo Cairoli in the #88 Dempsey-Proton Porsche.

The fastest car in LMP2 in FP2 was the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca, closely followed by the #29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara, which was the quickest car in FP1.

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