Friday, April 10, 2015

FIA WEC: Audi leads the Silverstone opening practice session

By Tarek Ramchani

Action has started at Silverstone with the first practice session. Audi Sport Team Joest took part in it with a pair of factory Audi R18 e-tron quattros.

The #7 Audi is shared by André Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer and Marcel Fassler. The sister #8 car is driven by Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis.

The two Audi entries performed well in the 90-minute practice session. The #8 car of Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis was the fastest overall ahead of the second placed #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Lucas di Grassi set the best time in the session with 1:42.121.

André Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer and Marcel Fassler were third fastest with the #7 Audi. The #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid was fourth overall. Positions five and six went to the #2 and #1 Toyota TS040 Hybrids.

The #28 Ligier JS P2 - Nissan from G-Drive Racing was the fastest in LMP2. GTE-Pro class was lead by the works #95 Aston Martin Vantage V8 from Aston Martin Racing. The #88 Porsche 991 RSR from Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing lead the GTE-Am class.

First practice session LMP1 results:

1 - #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - 1:42.121
2 - #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid - 1:42.265
3 - #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - 1:42.360
4 - #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid - 1:42.457
5 - #2 Toyota TS040 Hybrid - 1:42.749
6 - #1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid - 1:43.565

The second practice session will follow next.

Photo credit: Audi Media