Friday, April 10, 2015

FIA WEC: Audi fastest again in the second practice session, 1-2 R18 e-tron quattro

By Tarek Ramchani

Audi lead the opening practice session at Silverstone earlier today. The same happened in the second practice session with the Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars leading the pack.

The #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by André Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer and Marcel Fassler was the fastest overall. The double FIA WEC world champions set a best time of 1:41.526.

Their team-mates at Audi Sport Team Joest were second with the sister #8 machine. Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis were just 0.298s behind the leading car. The three dirvers set a best time of 1:41.824.

Porsche Team entries were right behind the two Audis. The #17 919 Hybrid in the hands of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley was third fastest. Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb were fourth fastest driving the #18 Porsche.

Toyota Racing ended the second practice session in positions five and six. Alexander Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway were fifth with the #2 TS040 Hybrid. Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima were sixth with the #1 Toyota.

In the other classes, G-Drive Racing lead the LMP2 field with the #28 Ligier JS P2 - Nissan, Porsche Team Manthey was the fastest in GTE-Pro with the #91 Porsche 991 RSR and Aston Martin Racing did the same in GTE-Am with the #98 Aston Martin Vantage V8.

Second practice session LMP1 results:

1 - #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - 1:41.526
2 - #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - 1:41.824
3 - #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid - 1:42.046
4 - #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid - 1:42.641
5 - #2 Toyota TS040 Hybrid - 1:42.833
6 - #1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid - 1:43.569

FIA WEC teams and drivers will be back on track tomorrow for a third practice session followed by qualifying.

Photo credit: Audi Media