Austin WEC: Porsche leads first practice with Dumas and Webber

Romain Dumas beat Porsche team-mate Mark Webber to the top of the timesheets in opening free practice for this weekend's Austin round of the World Endurance Championship

Dumas jumped ahead of Webber by just under a tenth of a second with 15 minutes to go with a 1m47.425s and then bettered it with a 1m47.231s aboard the #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

That left him nearly three tenths up on Webber's best of 1m47.514s.

Oliver Jarvis set the best Audi time to take third spot with a 1m49.027s, almost 1.8s off the pace.

The second Audi R18 e-tron quattro completed only four laps before undergoing an alternator change and ended up seventh in the times on a 1m53.471s recorded by Andre Lotterer.

Toyota took fourth and fifth spots with its pair of TS040 HYBRIDS, Sebastien Buemi's 1m51.279s putting him nine tenths clear of team-mate Mike Conway.

The KCMG squad led the way in LMP2 with a 1m57.764s lap from Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel of its ORECA-Nissan 05.

That put him seven tenths up on the 1m58.342s set by Johannes van Overbeek in the best of the Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier-Honda JSP2s.

He was in turn just one hundredth up on the sister car in the hands of Ryan Dalziel.

James Calado set the pace in GTE Pro aboard his AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia.

His 2m06.753s was six tenths up on Toni Vilander's best in the sister car, which stopped out on the circuit early in the session with an electronic problem.

AF was trying the same engine ECU that had failed early in the race at the Nurburgring last month to try to fully understand the problem.

Patrick Pilet was only five thousandths behind the second Ferrari in the fastest of the two Manthey Porsche 911 RSRs.

Patrick Long was fastest for the Proton Porsche team in the GTE Am class.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m47.231s -
2 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m47.514s 0.283s
3 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m49.027s 1.796s
4 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 1m51.279s 4.048s
5 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 1m52.180s 4.949s
6 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m53.471s 6.240s
7 LMP1 N.Prost, M.Beche, N.Heidfeld Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m55.844s 8.613s
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, P.Kaffer Team ByKolles CLM/AER 1m56.545s 9.314s
9 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Lapierre KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m57.764s 10.533s
10 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m58.342s 11.111s
11 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.H.Hansson Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m58.353s 11.122s
12 LMP2 N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, V.Capillaire Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m58.735s 11.504s
13 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m58.770s 11.539s
14 LMP1 A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, D.Abt Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m58.862s 11.631s
15 LMP2 G.Yacaman, P.Derani, R.Gonzalez G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m58.904s 11.673s
16 LMP2 P.Ragues, O.Webb, A.Hamilton Team SARD Morand Morgan/SARD 1m59.489s 12.258s
17 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.Bird G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m59.618s 12.387s
18 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m06.753s 19.522s
19 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m07.353s 20.122s
20 GTE Pro P.Pilet, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m07.410s 20.179s
21 GTE Am P.Dempsey, P.Long, M.Seefried Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 2m07.487s 20.256s
22 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m07.720s 20.489s
23 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m08.138s 20.907s
24 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, K.Poulsen Larbre Competition Chevrolet 2m08.224s 20.993s
25 GTE Pro F.Rees, A.MacDowall, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m08.356s 21.125s
26 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 2m08.648s 21.417s
27 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, C.Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m08.704s 21.473s
28 GTE Am V.Shaytar, A.Bertolini, A.Basov SMP Racing Ferrari 2m09.012s 21.781s
29 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m09.519s 22.288s
30 GTE Am F.Castellacci, B.Simonsen, S.Hall Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m09.804s 22.573s
31 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Al Qubaisi, E.Bamber Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 2m10.858s 23.627s


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