Fuji WEC: Toyota fastest in Friday practice despite handicaps

Toyota led the way during the first free practice sessions for this weekend's Fuji round of the World Endurance Championship

Fuji WEC: Toyota fastest in Friday practice despite handicaps

The #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID ended up fastest in both 90-minute practice periods on Friday despite penalties under the new system of success handicaps designed to slow it by one second a lap.

Kazuki Nakajima set the best time of the day on a simulated qualifying run at the beginning of the second session with a 1m26.623s, which eclipsed Sebastien Buemi's 1m27.373s in the morning by seven tenths of a second.

The second Toyota, which has been slowed by a theoretical 1.4s under the system of handicaps, took third place in the first session with a 1m27.790s with Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel.

The #7 TS050 did not do a qualification simulation in the afternoon and ended up fifth and the last LMP1 car in the times in session two with a 1m28.171s from Mike Conway.

Kobayashi's session one time put the car fourth in the combined times across the day.

The car spent the final part of the session in the pits after sustaining damage to the underfloor in an off-track excursion from Jose Maria Lopez.

The Rebellion Racing ended up second in both sessions with its solo entry.

Norman Nato set the fastest time in the #1 Rebellion-Gibson R-13s in both sessions, ending up with a 1m27.042s set in the afternoon.

Fastest Ginetta in both sessions was the #5 entry in which Egor Orudzhev posted a 1m27.602s in the quicker afternoon session to take third position overall ahead of the second Toyota.

The second of the Ginettas was the slowest LMP1 across the two sessions with a 1m28.062s from Charlie Robertson.

The LMP2 pace was set by Kenta Yamashita in the High Class Racing ORECA-Gibson 07.

His 1m29.624s from the opening session was almost matched by Anthony Davidson's second practice best of 1m29.633s aboard the Jota Sport ORECA.

Third fastest in class over the two sessions was the United Autosports ORECA on a 1m30.205s from Phil Hanson.

Porsche topped the GTE Pro times in both practice periods, the two factory 911 RSRs ending up fastest in one session each.

Michael Christensen's 1m38.214s from practice two was the fastest time of the day.

That put him just four hundredths up on James Calado's 1m38.252s, also from session two, in the best of the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs.

Gianmaria Bruni was fastest in the morning session on 1m38.315s, which team-mate Richard Lietz exactly matched to take third place on the timesheets in the afternoon.

The best of the Aston Martin Vantage GTEs took fourth spot with a 1m38.451s from Maxime Martin in the second session.

Charlie Eastwood was quickest in GTE Am with a 1m38.719s set aboard the TF Sport Aston in FP2.

Practice one times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m27.373s - 49
2 LMP1 B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.Nato Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m27.659s 0.286s 41
3 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m27.790s 0.417s 24
4 LMP1 L.Ghiotto, B.Hanley, E.Orudzhev Team LNT Ginetta/AER 1m28.449s 1.076s 7
5 LMP1 C.Robertson, M.Simpson, G.Smith Team LNT Ginetta/AER 1m28.712s 1.339s 8
6 LMP2 M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m29.624s 2.251s 34
7 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 1m30.382s 3.009s 49
8 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m30.814s 3.441s 39
9 LMP2 T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 1m31.025s 3.652s 39
10 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.Davidson JOTA ORECA/Gibson 1m31.141s 3.768s 45
11 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, O.Jarvis United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 1m31.398s 4.025s 34
12 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m31.805s 4.432s 40
13 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 1m32.491s 5.118s 34
14 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m38.315s 10.942s 38
15 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m38.419s 11.046s 38
16 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari 1m38.707s 11.334s 41
17 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m38.738s 11.365s 50
18 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 1m38.825s 11.452s 40
19 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 1m39.010s 11.637s 43
20 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 1m39.039s 11.666s 42
21 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m39.069s 11.696s 47
22 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 1m39.351s 11.978s 46
23 GTE Am E.Perfetti, D.H.Hansson, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 1m39.542s 12.169s 37
24 GTE Am S.Hoshino, A.De Leener, T.Preining Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m39.576s 12.203s 44
25 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m39.616s 12.243s 40
26 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 1m39.618s 12.245s 45
27 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 1m39.663s 12.290s 42
28 GTE Am P.D.Lana, D.Turner, R.Gunn Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m39.761s 12.388s 47
29 GTE Am B.Keating, F.Fraga, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 1m39.942s 12.569s 43
30 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 1m40.678s 13.305s 35

Practice two times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m25.623s - 49
2 LMP1 B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.Nato Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m27.042s 1.419s 42
3 LMP1 L.Ghiotto, B.Hanley, E.Orudzhev Team LNT Ginetta/AER 1m27.602s 1.979s 30
4 LMP1 C.Robertson, M.Simpson, G.Smith Team LNT Ginetta/AER 1m28.062s 2.439s 23
5 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m28.171s 2.548s 34
6 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.Davidson JOTA ORECA/Gibson 1m29.633s 4.010s 50
7 LMP2 M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m30.163s 4.540s 37
8 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, O.Jarvis United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 1m30.205s 4.582s 39
9 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m30.346s 4.723s 48
10 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 1m30.462s 4.839s 49
11 LMP2 T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 1m30.833s 5.210s 42
12 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m31.118s 5.495s 51
13 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 1m31.836s 6.213s 37
14 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m38.214s 12.591s 46
15 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 1m38.252s 12.629s 49
16 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m38.315s 12.692s 49
17 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m38.451s 12.828s 49
18 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 1m38.719s 13.096s 46
19 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m38.728s 13.105s 48
20 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari 1m38.909s 13.286s 40
21 GTE Am E.Perfetti, D.H.Hansson, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 1m38.916s 13.293s 41
22 GTE Am P.D.Lana, D.Turner, R.Gunn Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m38.949s 13.326s 47
23 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 1m38.953s 13.330s 48
24 GTE Am S.Hoshino, A.De Leener, T.Preining Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m39.051s 13.428s 45
25 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m39.071s 13.448s 49
26 GTE Am B.Keating, F.Fraga, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 1m39.127s 13.504s 45
27 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 1m39.337s 13.714s 46
28 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 1m39.405s 13.782s 47
29 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 1m39.676s 14.053s 41
30 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 1m40.512s 14.889s 48


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