Friday, August 28, 2015

FIA WEC: Audi quickest in the opening practice session at the Nürburgring

By Tarek Ramchani

The FIA World Endurance Championship action has started at the Nürburgring with the first of three practice sessions. Audi Sport Team Joest performed well with the two factory Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 cars.

FIA WEC points leaders André Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler were the quickest in the opening session. The three drivers of the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro set the best time with 1:39.201.

Third place went to the sister #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro behind the second placed #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid. The car in the hands of Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis set a best time of 1:39.910. They were only 0.709s behind their team-mates with the sister #7 Audi.

The second factory  #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid was fourth fastest. Toyota Racing took positions five and sixth with the TS040 Hybrids.

First Practice LMP1 results:

P1 #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - 1:39.201
P2 #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid - 1:39.277
P3 #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - 1:39.910
P4 #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid - 1:39.915
P5 #2 Toyota TS040 Hybrid - 1:41.812
P6 #1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid - 1:42.541
P7 #12 Rebellion R-One AER - 1:47.433
P8 #13 Rebellion R-One AER - 11:49.171
P9 #4 CLM P1/01 - AER - 1:49.242

The second practice session will follow next.

Photo credit: Audi Media