Austin WEC: Audi and Toyota top a practice session each on Thursday

Audi and Toyota shared the honours in free practice on the opening day of the Austin round of the World Endurance Championship

Austin WEC: Audi and Toyota top a practice session each on Thursday

Marcel Fassler topped the times in the opening session, run in dry conditions, in the #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

Anthony Davidson then claimed top spot in a delayed wet session, held under the cover of darkness, aboard the #8 Toyota TS040 HYBRID.

Fassler went fastest in the dry session with a 1m51.136s, which put him just 0.187 seconds ahead of team-mate Lucas di Grassi on a 1m51.323s.

Mark Webber ended up third fastest in the best of the Porsche 919 Hybrids, which are running in high-downforce specification for the first time this weekend.

The Australian driver's 1m51.919s was half a second quicker than fourth-placed Alex Wurz in the leading Toyota.

Audi was on top on a drying track in the night session when the chequered flag came out, before Anthony Davidson crossed the line to post a 2m01.333s.

His time on intermediate Michelin tyres bettered Tom Kristensen's previous mark in the #1 Audi, set on wets, by more than a second and a half.

The session had been delayed by an hour by a thunderstorm, which prevented the marshals from taking up their posts under local bylaws.

The LMP2 class was led by the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD-Honda ARX-03b in the hands of Ryan Dalziel, on a 1m58.111s set in the opening session.

That put the one-off WEC entry over a second clear of Olivier Pla in OAK Racing's G-Drive Ligier-Nissan JSP2 in the dry session.

GTE honours were taken by Darren Turner in the best of the Aston Martins, his Pro class Vantage GTE heading the two Am Astons in the hands of Richie Stanaway and Pedro Lamy respectively in the time.

Turner's 2m06.399s put him four tenths up on Toni Vilander's AF Corse Ferrari in the GTE Pro times.

PRACTICE ONE:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time
1 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m51.136s
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, T.Kristensen Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m51.323s
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m51.919s
4 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 1m52.405s
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, N.Lapierre, S.Buemi Toyota Racing Toyota 1m52.657s
6 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m53.020s
7 LMP1 N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 1m57.627s
8 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, E.Brown Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD 1m58.111s
9 LMP2 R.Rusinov, O.Pla, J.Canal G-Drive Racing Morgan/Nissan 1m59.209s
10 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, T.Matsuda KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m59.383s
11 LMP1 D.Kraihamer, A.Belicchi, F.Leimer Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 1m59.609s
12 LMP2 S.Zlobin, N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 2m00.470s
13 LMP2 K.Ladygin, V.Shaytar, A.Ladygin SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 2m01.075s
14 LMP1 C.Bouchut, J.Rossiter, L.Auer Lotus/AER 2m01.942s
15 GTE Pro D.Turner, S.Mucke Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m06.399s
16 GTE Am K.Poulsen, D.H.Hansson, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m06.427s
17 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, C.Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m06.770s
18 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m06.806s
19 GTE Pro F.Makowiecki, P.Pilet Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m07.388s
20 GTE Pro J.Bergmeister, N.Tandy Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m07.580s
21 GTE Pro R.Taylor, J.Taylor, T.Milner Corvette Racing Chevrolet 2m07.775s
22 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m07.904s
23 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, D.O'Young, F.Rees Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m08.094s
24 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, J.Segal 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari 2m08.392s
25 GTE Am S.Wyatt, M.Rugolo, A.Bertolini AF Corse Ferrari 2m08.556s
26 GTE Am L.P.-Companc, M.Cioci, M.Venturi AF Corse Ferrari 2m08.637s
27 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.Vaxiviere Prospeed Competition Porsche 2m08.788s
28 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Bachler, K.Al Qubaisi Proton Competition Porsche 2m09.414s
29 GTE Am T.Krohn, N.Jonsson, B.Collins Krohn Racing Ferrari 2m10.202s

PRACTICE TWO:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time
1 LMP1 A.Davidson, N.Lapierre, S.Buemi Toyota Racing Toyota 2m01.333s
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, T.Kristensen Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 2m02.901s
3 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 2m04.419s
4 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 2m05.057s
5 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 2m07.342s
6 LMP1 N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 2m08.957s
7 LMP1 D.Kraihamer, A.Belicchi, F.Leimer Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 2m09.888s
8 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 2m11.248s
9 LMP1 C.Bouchut, J.Rossiter, L.Auer Lotus/AER 2m13.835s
10 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, T.Matsuda KCMG ORECA/Nissan 2m17.000s
11 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, E.Brown Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD 2m17.087s
12 LMP2 R.Rusinov, O.Pla, J.Canal G-Drive Racing Morgan/Nissan 2m17.098s
13 GTE Pro F.Makowiecki, P.Pilet Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m17.588s
14 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m18.195s
15 GTE Pro J.Bergmeister, N.Tandy Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m18.844s
16 LMP2 K.Ladygin, V.Shaytar, A.Ladygin SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 2m20.670s
17 GTE Pro D.Turner, S.Mucke Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m23.618s
18 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m23.700s
19 GTE Am K.Poulsen, D.H.Hansson, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m24.111s
20 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, C.Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m24.909s
21 GTE Pro R.Taylor, J.Taylor, T.Milner Corvette Racing Chevrolet 2m25.155s
22 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, D.O'Young, F.Rees Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m25.499s
23 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.Vaxiviere Prospeed Competition Porsche 2m26.012s
24 GTE Am L.P.-Companc, M.Cioci, M.Venturi AF Corse Ferrari 2m26.028s
25 LMP2 S.Zlobin, N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 2m26.443s
26 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Bachler, K.Al Qubaisi Proton Competition Porsche 2m27.335s
27 GTE Am S.Wyatt, M.Rugolo, A.Bertolini AF Corse Ferrari 2m27.376s
28 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, J.Segal 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari 2m28.602s
29 GTE Am T.Krohn, N.Jonsson, B.Collins Krohn Racing Ferrari 2m32.078s


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