Sarrazin tops Silverstone practice

Peugeot made the perfect start to the Autosport 1000km weekend by dominating the top of the time sheets in the first free practice session for the Le Mans Series finale at Silverstone

Sarrazin tops Silverstone practice

Stephane Sarrazin waited until just before the end of his stint to displace teammate and championship contender Nicolas Minassian at the top of the times with a lap time of 1:31.510s, just four hundredths faster than the Frenchman.

Mike Rockenfeller, who along with co-driver Alexandre Premat can still take the drivers' title away from Minassian and Marc Gene, was third fastest in the No.2 Audi R10 TDI.

Le Mans winner Rinaldo Capello, who shares the No.1 with columnist Allan McNish was fourth fastest.

There was a change in the established order behind the diesels however, with the Charouz Racing Lola Aston Martin for once not dominating the petrol-powered ranks. That honour went to Adrian Valles in the impressive Epsilon Euskadi.

Harald Primat was sixth for Oreca ahead of Stefan Mucke in the Lola-Aston.

Jos Verstappen, as usual, set the pace in LMP2 for Van Merskteijn Racing with the Porsche RS Spyder, but Michael Vergers - who knows a thing or two about UK race tracks - kept him honest with second for the Barazi squad.

Warren Hughes was third fastest for the British Embassy Zytek team.

Patrice Goueslard put the Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette top in the GT1 class, outpacing Tomas Enge in the Team Modena Aston Martin by 0.4s.

In GT2, Rob Bell got his quest to secure the championship title off to a great start by going quickest for Virgo Motorsport ahead of Alex Davison in the Felbermayr Porsche.

Meet the Team Modena Aston Martin drivers at the Autosport stand at Silverstone this weekend.

Pos Driver Car Time LMP 1. Lamy/Sarrazin Peugeot 908 Hdi-FAP 1:31.510 2. Gene/Minassian Peugeot 908 Hdi-FAP 1:31.551 3. Premat/Rockenfeller Audi R10 TDI 1:33.744 4. Capello/McNish Audi R10 TDI 1:33.754 5. Nakano/Valles Epsilon Euskadi Judd 1:33.779 6. Primat/Tinseau Pescarolo Judd 1:35.009 7. Mucke/Charouz Lola Aston Martin 1:35.022 8. Ortelli/Ayari Courage-Oreca Judd 1:35.305 9. Panis/Lapierre Courage-Oreca Judd 1:35.515 10. Dumas/Boullion Pescarolo Judd 1:35.696 11. Burgueno/De Castro Epsilon Euskadi Judd 1:35.989 12. Barbosa/Ickx/Short Pescarolo Judd 1:37.557 13. Campbell-Walter/Hall Creation CA07 - Aim 1:37.922 14. Simpson/Halliday Creation CA07 - Aim 1:39.107 15. Nicolet/Hein Pescarolo Judd 1:42.203 LMP2 1. Bleekemolen/Verstappen Porsche RS Spyder 1:36.114 2. Barazi/Vergers/Rees Zytek 07S Zytek 1:36.927 3. Kane/Hughes WF01 Zytek 1:37.130 4. Belicchi/Pompidou/Zacchia Lola B08/80 Coupe Judd 1:37.218 5. Elgaard/Nielsen Porsche RS Spyder 1:37.852 6. Amaral/Pla Lola B05/40 AER 1:37.857 7. Manning/Foster WF01 Zytek 1:38.305 8. Lienhard/Theys/Lammers Porsche RS Spyder 1:39.046 9. Ojjeh/Gosselin Zytek 07S Zytek 1:41.089 10. Rostan/Peterson/Lueders Radical SR9 AER 1:41.228 11. Ragues/Lahaye Pescarolo Judd 1:41.487 12. de Pourtales/Noda Lola B05/40 Mazda 1:42.236 13. Salini/Salini/Roussel WR Zytek 1:42.532 14. Erdos/Newton Lola B08/80 Coupe MG no time GT1 1. Moreau/Gouselard Corvette C6.R 1:45.324 2. Garcia/Enge Aston Martin DBR9 1:45.709 3. Rusinov/Kox Lamborghini Murcielago 1:46.449 4. Hardman/Leventis/Turner Aston Martin DBR9 1:47.171 GT2 1. Bell/Melo Ferrari F430 GT 1:50.698 2. Lieb/Davison Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:51.019 3. Narac/Lietz Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:51.670 4. Ehret/Kaffer/Beltoise Ferrari F430 GT 1:52.457 5. Nielsen/Westbrook/Simonsen Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:52.563 6. Aucott/Daoudi Ferrari F430 GT 1:53.189 7. Chiesa/Leuenberger Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R 1:53.258 8. Coronel/Kelleners/Vasiliev Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2R 1:53.634 9. Ried/Felbyrmayr/Felbyrmayr Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:54.578 10. Balandras/Lecourt Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:54.623 11. Daniels/Bamford/Griffin Porsche 997 GT3 RSR 1:54.816 12. Van der Merwe/Sugden/Outzen Aston Martin Vantage V8 1:56.069 13. Kutemann/Basso/Gilbert Ferrari F430 GT 1:58.927 
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