Peugeot stay on top as Sarrazin sets new benchmark in AUTOSPORT 6 Hours practice
|By Sam Tremayne||Saturday, September 10th 2011, 09:18 GMT|
Peugeot completed a clean sweep of AUTOSPORT 6 Hours practice as Stephane Sarrazin set a new benchmark in a truncated final session at Silverstone.
Despite cooler conditions and two red flag periods - one of them causing a 30 minute delay - Sarrazin was able to set the fastest lap so far this weekend, a 1m44.879s.
For a while that was more than two seconds clear of everyone but Timo Bernhard in the #1 Audi R18, but with just three minutes the remaining 908 hammered home Peugeot's dominance as Simon Pagenaud put the #7 into second, 0.136s down the road.
Bernhard got within six tenths of the ultimate pace, but the sister #2 Audi of Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, which finished fourth fastest, was 2.2s in arrears.
Julien Jousse had put the #16 Pescarolo third fastest with 15 minutes to go, but he dropped to fifth as Audi and Peugeot made improvements late on.
It was a session to forget for the hybrid #23 MIK Corse Zytek, in which Maximo Cortes went off at Vale and speared heavily into the barriers at the pit entry ten minutes in. The crash needed 30 minutes of repairs before the circuit was passed safe again.
In LMP2, Karim Ojjeh and Tom Kimber-Smith sealed top spot for the #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek. Victory this weekend would hand them the 2011 drivers' crown.
Danny Watts rose into second with his final flyer in the #42 Strakka HPD, little more than two tenths of a second down the road. The #46 TDS ORECA-Nissan was just 0.040s behind, third in class.
Rob Bell was another late improver, snatching top spot in GTE Pro for the #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458.
BMW took second and third, the #56 of Alzen Uwe and Andy Priaulx ahead of the #55 of Augusto Farfus and Jorg Muller.
The #71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 had set the pace for much of the session, but dropped to fourth in the final three minutes.
Across in GTE Am Porsche again set the pace, with the #67 IMSA 911 heading the #63 Proton.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. LMP1 Montagny/Sarrazin Peugeot 1m44.879s 2. LMP1 Davidson/Bourdais/Pagenaud Peugeot 1m45.015s 3. LMP1 Bernhard/Fassler Audi 1m45.420s 4. LMP1 Kristensen/McNish Audi 1m47.079s 5. LMP1 Collard/Tinseau/Jousse Pescarolo-Judd 1m48.436s 6. LMP1 Prost/Jani Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m48.559s 7. LMP1 Belicchi/Boullion Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m48.563s 8. LMP1 Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues Oak Pescarolo-Judd 1m49.063s 9. LMP1 Nicolet/Premat/Pla Oak Pescarolo-Judd 1m49.619s 10. LMP2 Ojjeh/Kimber-Smith/Lombard Greaves Zytek-Nissan 1m50.711s 11. LMP2 Leventis/Watts/Kane Strakka HPD 1m50.949s 12. LMP2 Beche/Thiriet/Firth TDS ORECA-Nissan 1m50.989s 13. LMP2 Kraihamer/Ebbesvik Boutsen ORECA-Nissan 1m51.199s 14. LMP1 Fernandez/Primat/Klien AMR Lola-Aston 1m51.337s 15. LMP2 Newton/Erdos/Collins RML HPD 1m53.289s 16. LMP2 Mailleux/Ordonez/Vernay Signatech ORECA-Nissan 1m54.347s 17. LMP2 Gates/Hughes/Garofall RLR MG Lola-Judd 1m54.805s 18. LMP2 Companc/Russo/Kaffer Pecom Lola-Judd 1m55.072s 19. LMP2 Frey/Meichtry/Rostan Race Performance ORECA-Judd 1m55.503s 20. FLM Hartshorne/Keating/Keen Neil Garner FLM 2m01.909s 21. FLM Marcelli/Ducote/Moro JMB FLM 2m02.425s 22. GTE-P Bell/Walker JMW Ferrari 2m02.655s 23. GTE-P Priaulx/Alzen BMW 2m02.926s 24. GTE-P Farfus/Muller BMW 2m03.146s 25. GTE-P Melo/Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m03.557s 26. FLM Schultis/Simon/Schell Pegasus FLM 2m03.634s 27. GTE-P Goossens/Holzer Prospeed Porsche 2m03.831s 28. GTE-P Farnbacher/Simonsen Farnbacher Ferrari 2m03.942s 29. GTE-P Lieb/Lietz Felbermayr Porsche 2m04.199s 30. GTE-A Narac/Armindo IMSA Porsche 2m04.488s 31. GTE-P Ortelli/Makowiecki Luxury Ferrari 2m04.454s 32. GTE-A Roda/Long Proton Porsche 2m04.871s 33. GTE-P Fisichella/Bruni AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.986s 34. GTE-A Perazzini/Cioci/Lemeret AF Corse Ferrari 2m05.172s 35. GTE-P Pilet/Henzler IMSA Porsche 2m05.499s 36. GTE-P Broniszewski/Peter Kessel Ferrari 2m05.541s 37. GTE-A Ehret/Lynn/Wills CRS Ferrari 2m06.030s 38. GTE-A Krohn/Jonsson/Rugulo Krohn Ferrari 2m06.147s 39. GTE-P Jakubowski/Beltoise/Marroc Luxury Ferrari 2m06.836s 40. GTE-P Hancock/Dolan/Buncombe Jota Aston Martin 2m07.127s 41. GTE-A Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright Gulf Aston Martin 2m07.563s 42. GTE-A Felbermayr/Ried Felbermayr Porsche 2m07.731s 43. GTE-P Rossiter/Mowlem/Wendlinger Jetalliance Lotus 2m08.389s 44. GTE-A Hummel/Christodoulou/Quaife CRS Ferrari 2m08.620s 45. GTE-A Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel Larbre Corvette 2m09.524s 46. GTE-P Lichtner-Hoyer/Rich/Hansson Jetalliance Lotus 2m09.778s 47. FLM Mitchell/Grogor/Kronfli Genoa FLM 2m10.105s 48. LMP1 Cortes/Geri/Picini MIK Zytek - 49. LMP2 Barlesi/da Rocha/Lafargue Oak Pescarolo-Judd -