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Audi e-tron leads Silverstone World Endurance Championship practice

#1 Audi, Silverstone 2012Audi's Le Mans-winning hybrid set the pace in the opening free practice session for the latest round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Silverstone 6 Hours.

The R18 e-tron Quattro driven by Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Andre Lotterer, emerged fastest in the session with a 1m45.777s lap, the best of the 43 the car completed.

Toyota's TS030 Hybrid of Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima, which had run so well at Le Mans in June for the opening quarter of the race, was second fastest, just 0.233 seconds slower than the pacesetter.

Third was the diesel Audi R18 ultra of Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish while the best of the privateer LMP1 entrants was the JRM HPD of David Brabham/Peter Dumbreck/Karun Chandhok, less than a second off the pace.

OAK Racing's Morgan-Judd was fastest in LMP2, just two thousandths of a second ahead of the Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan that features Martin and Alex Brundle in the line-up.

AF Corse's leading Ferrari was the class of the field in GTE Pro in the hands of Giancarlo Fisichella/Gianmaria Bruni and headed the sister car of Andrea Bertolini/Olivier Beretta.

The Felbermayr-Proton Porsche was third with Aston Martin Racing's Vantage V8 next up.

Irishman Matt Griffin was fastest in GTE Am in the AF Corse Ferrari he shares with Piergiusepe Perrazzini and Marco Cioci.

Second practice takes place on Friday evening.

Pos  Cl     Drivers                                Team/Car                Time
 1.  P1     Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer              Audi e-tron             1m45.777s
 2.  P1     Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima                 Toyota                  1m46.010s
 3.  P1     Kristensen/McNish                      Audi ultra              1m46.138s
 4.  P1     Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck              JRM HPD                 1m46.491s
 5.  P1     Leventis/Watts/Kane                    Strakka HPD             1m47.609s
 6.  P1     Prost/Jani                             Rebellion Lola-Toyota   1m48.095s
 7.  P1     Belicchi/Primat                        Rebellion Lola-Toyota   1m48.188s
 8.  P2     Heinemeier Hansson/Baguette/Kraihamer  OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m51.561s
 9.  P2     Ordonez/Brundle/Brundle                Greaves Zytek-Nissan    1m51.563s
10.  P2     Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla                     OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m51.910s
11.  P2     Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov              Signatech ORECA-Nissan  1m52.148s
12.  P2     Perez Companc/Ayari/Kaffer             Pecom ORECA-Nissan      1m52.235s
13.  P2     Firth/Hughes/Hartley                   Murphy ORECA-Nissan     1m52.240s
14.  P2     Martin/Charouz/Graves                  ADR-Delta ORECA-Nissan  1m52.302s
15.  P2     Dolan/Hancock/Minassian                Jota Zytek-Nissan       1m52.627s
16.  P2     Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin           Starworks HPD           1m53.065s
17.  P2     Mailleux/Lombard/Tresson               Signatech ORECA-Nissan  1m54.063s
18.  P2     Weeda/Rossiter/Liuzzi                  Lola-Lotus              1m54.342s
19.  P2     Sims/Jousse/Jousse                     Status Lola-Judd        1m54.379s
20.  P2     Giroix/Ihara/Deletraz                  Gulf Lola-Nissan        1m56.833s
21.  P2     Holzer/Schultis/Albers                 Lola-Lotus              1m57.467s
22.  GTE P  Fisichella/Bruni                       AF Ferrari              2m02.757s
23.  GTE P  Bertolini/Beretta                      AF Ferrari              2m03.115s
24.  GTE P  Lieb/Lietz                             Felbermayr Porsche      2m03.166s
25.  GTE P  Fernandez/Mucke/Turner                 Aston Martin            2m03.440s
26.  GTE P  Walker/Cocker                          JMW Ferrari             2m03.786s
27.  GTE A  Perazzini/Cioci/Griffin                AF Ferrari              2m04.080s
28.  GTE A  Goethe/Hall                            Aston Martin            2m04.136s
29.  GTE A  Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo                   Krohn Ferrari           2m04.493s
30.  GTE A  Adam/Howard/White                      Aston Martin            2m04.565s
31.  GTE A  Ried/Roda/Ruberti                      Felbermayr Porsche      2m04.580s
32.  P2     Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian                  Zytek-Nissan            2m05.009s
33.  GTE A  Bornhauser/Canal/Rees                  Larbre Corvette         2m05.343s
34.  GTE A  Camathias/Palttala/Daniels             JWA Porsche             2m06.654s
35.  GTE A  Belloc/Bourret/Gibon                   Larbre Corvette         2m07.560s
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