Ginetta beats pegged-back Toyota to top Shanghai WEC practice

Ginetta topped the times for the first time in the World Endurance Championship during second free practice for Sunday's Shanghai round

Ginetta beats pegged-back Toyota to top Shanghai WEC practice

Charlie Robertson set the fastest time of the day with a 1m48.127s lap aboard the #6 Ginetta-AER G60-LT-P1 to go fastest in the second of the two 90-minute sessions of free practice on Friday.

His time aboard the #6 Ginetta-AER G60-LT-P1 put him 0.061s ahead of the Kazuki Nakajima's session-two best in the fastest of the pair of Toyota TS050 HYBRIDs.

Bruno Senna's 1m48.288s put the solo Rebellion-Gibson R-13 third fastest in FP2, exactly one tenth of a second behind the best of the Toyotas.

Mike Conway took fourth in the second of the TS050 HYBRIDs on the 1m48.979s.

The two Toyotas, which have been penalised by 2.74s under the new success handicaps, improved significantly over their times in the morning session when they had brought up the rear of the LMP1 field.

The #8 TS050 found nearly 2.4s and the #7 car 1.2s when Nakajima and Buemi undertook qualifying simulations at the start of the afternoon session.

Nicolas Lapierre led the way in LMP2 in both sessions aboard the Cool Racing ORECA-Gibson 07.

His 1m49.754s afternoon best put him six tenths up on United Autosports ORECA driver Phil Hanson, who set a 1m50.397s in FP2.

Kenta Yamashita was just a tenth further back in the High Class Racing ORECA with his second session time.

Ferrari ended up fastest in GTE Pro across the two sessions. The #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE missed the opening session with a fuel leak before Miguel Molina posted a 2m00.036s in the repaired car in FP2.

That put him nearly half a second up on the second-placed Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Maxime Martin.

A 2m00.528s lap from Martin put him three tenths ahead of the sister car's best with Marco Sorensen at the wheel.

Porsche, which was fastest in the opening session, took fourth courtesy of a 2m01.064s lap from Kevin Estre in the #92 Porsche 911 RSR after Richard Lietz had topped the times in the opening session.

Matteo Cairoli's session one best for the Project 1 Porsche team stood as the fastest GTE Am time of the day.

Practice one result

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 LMP1 B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.Nato Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m48.761s 33
2 LMP1 J.King, B.Hanley, E.Orudzhev Team LNT Ginetta/AER 0.422s 11
3 LMP1 C.Robertson, M.Simpson, G.Smith Team LNT Ginetta/AER 0.473s 25
4 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1.324s 41
5 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 1.577s 39
6 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1.783s 43
7 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 2.147s 32
8 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 2.162s 30
9 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2.376s 38
10 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.Davidson JOTA ORECA/Gibson 2.793s 35
11 LMP2 M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 3.364s 35
12 LMP2 T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 3.436s 34
13 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 4.543s 33
14 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz Porsche GT Team Porsche 12.628s 37
15 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 12.703s 41
16 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 12.842s 34
17 GTE Am E.Perfetti, D.H.Hansson, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 13.053s 34
18 GTE Am P.D.Lana, D.Turner, R.Gunn Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 13.148s 34
19 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 13.197s 21
20 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 13.252s 37
21 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 13.316s 30
22 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 13.580s 35
23 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 13.830s 39
24 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 13.864s 34
25 GTE Am A.Negro, W.Bamber, T.Preining Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 14.121s 38
26 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 14.206s 39
27 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 14.252s 39
28 GTE Am P.Prette, L.Prette Jr., V.Abril Proton Competition Porsche 14.413s 34
29 GTE Am B.Keating, L.ten Voorde, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 15.205s 39
30 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 15.428s 37
31 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari - 0

Practice two result

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 LMP1 C.Robertson, M.Simpson, G.Smith Team LNT Ginetta/AER 1m48.127s 31
2 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.061s 43
3 LMP1 B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.Nato Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 0.161s 33
4 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.852s 41
5 LMP1 J.King, B.Hanley, E.Orudzhev Team LNT Ginetta/AER 1.551s 20
6 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 1.627s 40
7 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 2.270s 28
8 LMP2 M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 2.330s 43
9 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2.378s 43
10 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 2.968s 39
11 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.Davidson JOTA ORECA/Gibson 3.006s 36
12 LMP2 T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 3.932s 34
13 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 4.896s 33
14 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari 11.909s 40
15 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 12.401s 39
16 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 12.695s 40
17 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 12.937s 37
18 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 13.808s 35
19 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz Porsche GT Team Porsche 13.834s 37
20 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 13.899s 39
21 GTE Am P.Prette, L.Prette Jr., V.Abril Proton Competition Porsche 13.955s 37
22 GTE Am A.Negro, W.Bamber, T.Preining Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 14.410s 39
23 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 14.415s 39
24 GTE Am P.D.Lana, D.Turner, R.Gunn Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 14.425s 38
25 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 14.440s 32
26 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 14.528s 39
27 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 14.767s 37
28 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 14.835s 38
29 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 14.960s 30
30 GTE Am E.Perfetti, D.H.Hansson, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 15.150s 32
31 GTE Am B.Keating, L.ten Voorde, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 15.456s 38



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