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Interlagos WEC: Toyota beats Audi in Brazil Friday practice

Toyota, Interlagos WEC 2013

Toyota emerged fastest from the opening two sessions of free practice at Interlagos for round four of the World Endurance Championship.

Anthony Davidson ended up with the fastest time of the two 90-minute sessions after setting a 1m21.881s in the solo Toyota TS030 HYBRID during the opening period on Friday.

That was just two hundredths of a second quicker than Tom Kristensen's session-topping best in practice two at the wheel of the championship-leading Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

Andre Lotterer was less than two tenths behind in the second Audi with a time also set in the second session.

Davidson, who is sharing the Toyota with Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi, said: "It makes a nice change this year to end up on top. This is the first time this season we have gone head to head with Audi with our high-downforce aero package and the car feels great."

The LMP2 class was led by the G-Drive/Delta-ADR squad, with Mike Conway setting the fastest time of the day in FP2 in his ORECA-Nissan 03 with a 1m27.642s.

That put him just ahead of the two OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2s: Bertrand Baguette ended up second in FP2 on a 1m28.014s, while Olivier Pla had been fastest in class in FP1 on a 1m28.136s.

Aston Martin Racing headed the GTE Pro times in both sessions with its #97 Vantage GTE, Darren Turner setting the pace in the opening period and Stefan Mucke in the second.

The best of AMR's GTE Am entries, the Danish-crewed #95 Vantage, was also quickest in both sessions.

Practice one:

Pos  Cl     Drivers                         Team/Car                Time       Cl. Gap
 1.  P1     Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin         Toyota                  1m21.881s
 2.  P1     Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler       Audi                    1m22.689s  +0.808s
 3.  P1     Kristensen/Duval/McNish         Audi                    1m23.056s  +1.175s
 4.  P1     Prost/Heidfeld/Beche            Rebellion Lola-Toyota   1m25.479s  +3.598s
 5.  P2     Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle  OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m28.136s
 6.  P2     Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman       OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m28.260s  +0.124s
 7.  P2     Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer  Pecom ORECA-Nissan      1m28.367s  +0.231s
 8.  P2     Rusinov/Martin/Conway           G-Drive ORECA-Nissan    1m28.935s  +0.799s
 9.  P2     Holzer/Kraihamer/Charouz        Lotus                   1m29.032s  +0.896s
10.  P2     Zugel/Jeanette/Wirdheim         Greaves Zytek-Nissan    1m29.142s  +1.006s
11.  P2     Graves/Walker/Kerr              Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan  1m29.167s  +1.031s
12.  P2     Weeda/Bouchut                   Lotus                   1m29.451s  +1.315s
13.  P2     Nicolet/Merlin/Ihara            OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m33.079s  +4.943s
14.  GTE P  Mucke/Turner                    Aston Martin            1m33.648s
15.  GTE P  Lieb/Lietz                      Manthey Porsche         1m34.160s  +0.512s
16.  GTE P  Bruni/Fisichella                AF Ferrari              1m34.298s  +0.650s
17.  GTE P  Kobayashi/Vilander              AF Ferrari              1m34.348s  +0.700s
18.  GTE P  Bergmeister/Pilet               Manthey Porsche         1m34.398s  +0.750s
19.  GTE P  Senna/Bell                      Aston Martin            1m34.750s  +1.102s
20.  GTE A  Nygaard/Poulsen/Thiim           Aston Martin            1m35.287s
21.  GTE A  Hall/Campbell-Walter            Aston Martin            1m35.346s  +0.059s
22.  GTE P  Dalla Lana/Lamy/Stanaway        Aston Martin            1m35.390s  +1.742s
23.  GTE A  Gerber/Griffin/Cioci            AF Ferrari              1m35.614s  +0.327s
24.  GTE A  Krohn/Jonsson/Mediani           Krohn Ferrari           1m35.710s  +0.423s
25.  GTE A  Ried/Roda/Ruberti               Proton Porsche          1m35.773s  +0.486s
26.  GTE A  Bornhauser/Canal/Rees           Larbre Corvette         1m35.823s  +0.536s
27.  GTE A  Potolicchio/Aguas/Rigon         8Star Ferrari           1m35.892s  +0.605s
28.  GTE A  Narac/Vernay/Bourret            Imsa Porsche            1m36.334s  +1.047s

Practice two:

Pos  Cl     Drivers                         Team/Car                Time       Cl. Gap
 1.  P1     Kristensen/Duval/McNish         Audi                    1m21.904s
 2.  P1     Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler       Audi                    1m22.056s  +0.152s
 3.  P1     Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin         Toyota                  1m22.675s  +0.771s
 4.  P1     Prost/Heidfeld/Beche            Rebellion Lola-Toyota   1m24.144s  +2.240s
 5.  P2     Rusinov/Martin/Conway           G-Drive ORECA-Nissan    1m27.642s
 6.  P2     Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman       OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m28.014s  +0.372s
 7.  P2     Graves/Walker/Kerr              Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan  1m28.443s  +0.801s
 8.  P2     Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle  OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m28.632s  +0.990s
 9.  P2     Zugel/Jeanette/Wirdheim         Greaves Zytek-Nissan    1m28.998s  +1.356s
10.  P2     Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer  Pecom ORECA-Nissan      1m29.085s  +1.443s
11.  P2     Holzer/Kraihamer/Charouz        Lotus                   1m29.202s  +1.560s
12.  P2     Weeda/Bouchut                   Lotus                   1m29.332s  +1.690s
13.  P2     Nicolet/Merlin/Ihara            OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m33.106s  +5.464s
14.  GTE P  Mucke/Turner                    Aston Martin            1m33.451s
15.  GTE P  Senna/Bell                      Aston Martin            1m33.873s  +0.422s
16.  GTE P  Lieb/Lietz                      Manthey Porsche         1m33.907s  +0.456s
17.  GTE P  Dalla Lana/Lamy/Stanaway        Aston Martin            1m34.082s  +0.631s
18.  GTE P  Bruni/Fisichella                AF Ferrari              1m34.230s  +0.779s
19.  GTE P  Bergmeister/Pilet               Manthey Porsche         1m34.501s  +1.050s
20.  GTE P  Kobayashi/Vilander              AF Ferrari              1m34.613s  +1.162s
21.  GTE A  Nygaard/Poulsen/Thiim           Aston Martin            1m34.775s
22.  GTE A  Narac/Vernay/Bourret            Imsa Porsche            1m35.064s  +0.289s
23.  GTE A  Potolicchio/Aguas/Rigon         8Star Ferrari           1m35.293s  +0.518s
24.  GTE A  Hall/Campbell-Walter            Aston Martin            1m35.297s  +0.522s
25.  GTE A  Ried/Roda/Ruberti               Proton Porsche          1m35.329s  +0.554s
26.  GTE A  Gerber/Griffin/Cioci            AF Ferrari              1m35.635s  +0.860s
27.  GTE A  Bornhauser/Canal/Rees           Larbre Corvette         1m35.854s  +1.079s
28.  GTE A  Krohn/Jonsson/Mediani           Krohn Ferrari           1m36.950s  +2.175s
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