Audi dominates first WEC free practice session in Mexico City

Audi locked out the top two positions in opening free practice for this weekend's Mexico City round of the World Endurance Championship.

Audi dominates first WEC free practice session in Mexico City

Andre Lotterer headed the times in the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with a 1m26.705s set early in the 90-minute session.

That put him just 0.194s ahead of Lucas di Grassi, who posted a 1m26.899s in the sister car near the start of the session.

Brendon Hartley improved on the best Porsche time towards the end of the 90 minutes, setting a 1m26.948s that left him just over two tenths shy of Lotterer's pace.

Romain Dumas was fourth fastest in the second of the Porsche 919 Hybrids on a 1m27.205s set early in the session.

The only Toyota taking part in free practice on Thursday, following the #6 car's accident in testing in the morning, was just over a second off the pace courtesy of a 1m27.901s from Kazuki Nakajima.

Richard Bradley headed the times in LMP2 aboard the solo Manor ORECA-Nissan 05 with a 1m36.755s.

The Briton had been quickest initially and then responded to a 1m36.880s from Ryan Dalziel in the #31 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier-Nissan JSP2 at the end of the session.

Third fastest went to the Jota-run G-Drive ORECA that has claimed pole for every WEC race so far this season.

Alex Brundle set a 1m37.142s, which put him just over a tenth clear of the points-leading Signatech Alpine ORECA-Nissan in the hands of Stephane Richelmi.

Aston Martin led the way in GTE Pro with a 1m40.685s from Nicki Thiim.

The Dane's best aboard the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE put him just under three tenths up on James Calado's 1m41.455s in the best of the factory AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs.

Adam Carroll was fastest in GTE Am for the Gulf Racing Porsche team.

RESULTS

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m26.705s - 47
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m26.899s 0.194s 49
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m26.948s 0.243s 52
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m27.205s 0.500s 52
5 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m27.901s 1.196s 41
6 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m32.442s 5.737s 39
7 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 1m33.153s 6.448s 32
8 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, P.Toledano Manor ORECA/Nissan 1m36.755s 10.050s 10
9 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 1m36.880s 10.175s 44
10 LMP2 R.Rusinov, R.Rast, A.Brundle G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 1m37.142s 10.437s 45
11 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m37.299s 10.594s 41
12 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m37.562s 10.857s 43
13 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Junqueira, L.Diaz Greaves Motorsport Gibson/Nissan 1m37.774s 11.069s 41
14 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, N.Panciatici Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m37.821s 11.116s 45
15 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 1m37.860s 11.155s 38
16 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m38.081s 11.376s 36
17 LMP2 S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 1m38.656s 11.951s 42
18 LMP2 N.Leventis, L.Williamson, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m38.668s 11.963s 40
19 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m40.685s 13.980s 42
20 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 1m41.455s 14.750s 43
21 GTE Pro R.Stanaway, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m41.956s 15.251s 48
22 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m42.088s 15.383s 44
23 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 1m42.095s 15.390s 43
24 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 1m42.168s 15.463s 46
25 GTE Pro M.Franchitti, A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m42.312s 15.607s 43
26 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 1m43.027s 16.322s 42
27 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 1m43.194s 16.489s 42
28 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m43.225s 16.520s 43
29 GTE Am Y.Yamagishi, P.Ragues, R.Taylor Larbre Competition Chevrolet 1m43.259s 16.554s 42
30 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 1m43.321s 16.616s 44
31 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 1m43.859s 17.154s 41
32 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota - - 0


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