Austin WEC: Audi's Duval beats Porsches in third practice

Audi led the way in final practice ahead of qualifying for this weekend's Austin round of the World Endurance Championship

Austin WEC: Audi's Duval beats Porsches in third practice

Loic Duval topped the times with a 1m45.719s set on his fourth flying lap aboard the #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro at the start of the one-hour session.

That initially put him just over half-a-second up on team-mate Marcel Fassler in the #7 Audi, before the two Porsche 919 Hybrids set their fastest times to separate the Audis.

Brendon Hartley ended up second with a 1m46.051s in the #1 Porsche to trail Duval by just over three tenths.

Romain Dumas was just under three hundredths slower that his team-mate in the second of the Porsches on a 1m46.080s.

Fassler's 1m46.292s left him him fourth in the final times.

Kazuki Nakajima was the fastest Toyota driver in fifth position, ending up on a 1m46.883s in the #5 TS050 HYBRID.

Rebellion Racing was back on top in the battle of the LMP1 privateers, Alexandre Imperatori's 1m52.538s putting him seven tenths up on ByKolles driver Oliver Webb.

Roberto Merhi was quickest in LMP2 for the Manor team.

The Spaniard's 1m55.696s in the Manor ORECA-Nissan 05 put him less than a tenth up on second-placed Bruno Senna in the RGR Sport Ligier-Nissan JSP2.

Alex Brundle was third fastest in the G-Drive ORECA a further two tenths back.

Aston Martin was quickest in GTE Pro with a 2m03.368s from Marco Sorensen.

That put the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE eight tenths up on the second-placed sister car, with Fernando Rees at the wheel, and a full second up on the best of the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs with Gianmaria Bruni driving.

Harry Tincknell was less than a tenth back in the fastest of the Ganassi Ford GTs.

Abu Dhabi-Proton Porsche driver Kevin Estre just pipped Aston Martin Racing's Pedro Lamy in GTE Am.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time
1 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m45.719s
2 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m46.051s
3 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m46.080s
4 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m46.292s
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m46.883s
6 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m47.347s
7 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m52.538s
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 1m54.270s
9 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, R.Merhi Manor ORECA/Nissan 1m55.696s
10 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 1m55.741s
11 LMP2 R.Rusinov, R.Rast, A.Brundle G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 1m55.958s
12 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m56.269s
13 LMP2 N.Leventis, L.Williamson, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m56.405s
14 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, N.Panciatici Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m56.770s
15 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 1m56.855s
16 LMP2 S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 1m56.902s
17 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m57.249s
18 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m57.862s
19 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m03.368s
20 GTE Pro D.Turner, F.Rees Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m04.173s
21 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.374s
22 GTE Pro M.Franchitti, A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m04.452s
23 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.528s
24 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m04.673s
25 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 2m05.186s
26 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, K.Estre Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 2m06.038s
27 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m06.199s
28 GTE Am L.Viljoen, P.Ragues, R.Taylor Larbre Competition Chevrolet 2m06.476s
29 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 2m06.791s
30 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 2m07.068s
31 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 2m08.606s


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