Austin WEC: Loic Duval keeps Audi on top in night practice

Audi took the top two positions in the second period of free practice for Saturday's World Endurance Championship round at Austin

Austin WEC: Loic Duval keeps Audi on top in night practice

The #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro again headed the times with a 1m47.235s from Loic Duval during the 90-minute night session.

That put the him 0.095 seconds up on the 1m47.330s set by Andre Lotterer in the sister car, which stopped running early in the session with an undisclosed problem.

The best of the Porsche 919 Hybrids was more than seven tenths off the pace with a 1m47.959s from Brendon Hartley, which put it just over a tenth up on Neel Jani in the sister car.

Sebastien Buemi was just four hundredths behind in fifth place aboard the fastest of the Toyota TS050 HYBRIDs.

The ByKolles CLM-AER P1/01 was the quickest LMP1 privateer, Oliver Webb's 1m54.361 putting him nearly four tenths up on Alexandre Imperatori in the Rebellion-AER R-One.

The LMP2 championship-leading Signatech Alpine ORECA-Nissan 05 topped the class leaderboard with a 1m56.318s from Gustavo Menezes.

That put him two tenths up on the RGR Sport Ligier-Nissan JSP2 driven by Bruno Senna.

The Jota-run G-Drive ORECA took third position with Alex Brundle.

Ford was again quickest in GTE Pro, Stefan Mucke setting a 2m04.714s to end up seven tenths up on Nicki Thiim in the best of the Aston Martin Vantage GTEs.

Pedro Lamy was quickest in GTE Am for Aston Martin.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m47.235s
2 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 0.095s
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 0.724s
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 0.895s
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.899s
6 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 2.134s
7 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 7.126s
8 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 7.402s
9 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 9.083s
10 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 9.299s
11 LMP2 R.Rusinov, R.Rast, A.Brundle G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 9.758s
12 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, N.Panciatici Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 10.396s
13 LMP2 N.Leventis, L.Williamson, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 10.624s
14 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 10.785s
15 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, R.Merhi Manor ORECA/Nissan 10.859s
16 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 11.007s
17 LMP2 S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 11.520s
18 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 11.623s
19 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 17.479s
20 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 18.261s
21 GTE Pro M.Franchitti, A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 18.395s
22 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 18.476s
23 GTE Pro D.Turner, F.Rees Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 18.566s
24 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 18.857s
25 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 18.901s
26 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 19.210s
27 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 20.504s
28 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 20.569s
29 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, K.Estre Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 20.596s
30 GTE Am L.Viljoen, P.Ragues, R.Taylor Larbre Competition Chevrolet 20.981s
31 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 21.740s

shares
comments
WEC Austin: Audi leads close first practice with Oliver Jarvis

Previous article

WEC Austin: Audi leads close first practice with Oliver Jarvis

Next article

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

Austin WEC: Audi's Duval beats Porsches in third practice
Load comments
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Plus

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year

WEC
Jul 24, 2021
How glitches left Toyota 'worried' about losing unbeaten WEC streak Plus

How glitches left Toyota 'worried' about losing unbeaten WEC streak

The World Endurance Championship's long-awaited return to Monza posed the sternest test yet for Toyota's new hypercar. Although the Japanese marque's GR010 HYBRID remains unbeaten, the victory for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi was far from plain sailing

WEC
Jul 19, 2021
How the next step in the IMSA and WEC convergence can reunite multiple fronts Plus

How the next step in the IMSA and WEC convergence can reunite multiple fronts

OPINION: Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Jun 23, 2021
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear Plus

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance

WEC
Jun 14, 2021
Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts Plus

Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts

The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Plus

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Plus

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

WEC
May 4, 2021