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Spa WEC: Loic Duval puts Audi on top in wet first practice

Audi on top in wet Spa practice

Audi driver Loic Duval jumped to the top of the timesheets in the dying moments of a wet first free practice session ahead of Saturday's Spa World Endurance Championship event.

Duval set a best time of 2m15.143s aboard the #1 R18 e-tron quattro right at the end of the two-hour session on wet-weather tyres.

His time leapfrogged him ahead of Kazuki Nakajima on a 2m15.415s in the best of the Toyota TS040s by just under three tenths of a second.

Sebastien Buemi ended up third in the second Toyota with a 2m15.467s set early in the session.

The second Audi was fourth in the hands of Benoit Treluyer and the two Porsche 919 Hybrids fifth and sixth.

The #12 Rebellion-Toyota R-One ended up 10th in the times behind the best of the LMP2 cars in the ORECA-designed chassis first competitive appearance.

The second Rebellion failed to record a flying lap during the session, but did complete three in-and-out laps.

The five-car LMP2 field was led by the two Michelin-shod SMP Racing ORECA-Nissan 03s, which had a clear advantage over their rivals running Dunlop tyres in the wet conditions.

Nicolas Minassian ended up fastest on a 2m25.960s, two tenths clear of Kirill Ladygin in the team's second entry.

The GTE times were topped by the GTE Am class ProSpeed Porsche 911 GTE-RSR driven by Matthieu Vaxiviere.

The Frenchman's time of 2m34.281s set right at the end of the session eclipsed Gianmaria Bruni's best in the Pro class AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia by just under three tenths.

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Pos Cl     Drivers                    Car                    Time       Gap
 1. P1     Duval/Kristensen/di Grassi Audi                   2m15.143s
 2. P1     Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima     Toyota                 2m15.415s  +0.272s
 3. P1     Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi    Toyota                 2m15.467s  +0.324s
 4. P1     Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer  Audi                   2m16.720s  +1.577s
 5. P1     Dumas/Jani/Lieb            Porsche                2m17.021s  +1.878s
 6. P1     Bernhard/Webber/Hartley    Porsche                2m17.107s  +1.964s
 7. P1     Albuquerque/Bonanomi       Audi                   2m19.231s  +4.088s
 8. P2     Zlobin/Minassian/Mediani   SMP ORECA-Nissan       2m25.960s  +10.817s
 9. P2     Ladygin/Shaitar/Ladygin    SMP ORECA-Nissan       2m26.159s  +11.016s
10. P1     Prost/Heidfeld/Beche       Rebellion-Toyota       2m28.451s  +13.308s
14. GTE A  Perrodo/Collard/Vaxiviere  Prospeed Porsche       2m34.281s  +19.138s
15. GTE P  Bruni/Vilander             AF Ferrari             2m34.548s  +19.405s

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