Interlagos WEC: Toyota fastest in practice

Toyota ended up fastest after the first two free practice sessions ahead of Saturday's Sao Paulo 6 Hours, the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship

Interlagos WEC: Toyota fastest in practice

Nicolas Lapierre topped the times aboard the solo Toyota TS030 Hybrid in the second of the two practice sessions on the opening day at Interlagos. He set a time of 1m23.272s in the dying seconds of the Thursday afternoon session to eclipse team-mate Alex Wurz's previous benchmark of 1m23.623s.

The best Audi time around the 2.68-mile Brazilian track was a further tenths slower. Sportscar debutant Lucas di Grassi set a 1m23.710s in the non-hybrid Audi R18 ultra he is sharing this weekend with Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen.

Di Grassi was a further three tenths clear of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the hands of Benoit Treluyer. The hybrid Audi, which leads the WEC drivers' points with Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler, had been fastest in Lotterer's hands in the opening 90-minute session.

The LMP2 class was led by Olivier Lombard and Roman Rusinov in the two Signatech ORECA-Nissan 03s. They were separated by just three one thousandths of a second after the new-tyre runs in the second session.

The GTE times were topped by Darren Turner in the solo factory Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The Briton set a time of 1m34.001s late in the second session to leapfrog Marc Lieb in the best of the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 911 GT3-RSRs by four tenths.

Practice one: Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. P1 Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer Audi e-tron 1m24.370s 2. P1 Kristensen/McNish/di Grassi Audi ultra 1m24.838s 3. P1 Wurz/Lapierre Toyota 1m25.055s 4. P1 Leventis/Watts/Kane Strakka HPD 1m25.588s 5. P1 Prost/Jani Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m25.798s 6. P1 Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck JRM HPD 1m26.440s 7. P1 Belicchi/Primat Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m26.851s 8. P2 Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin Starworks HPD 1m28.302s 9. P2 Liuzzi/Rossiter/Weeda Lotus Lola-Lotus 1m28.951s 10. P2 Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov Signatech ORECA-Nissan 1m29.034s 11. P2 Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla OAK Morgan-Nissan 1m29.100s 12. P2 Martin/Charouz/Graves ADR-Delta ORECA-Nissan 1m29.162s 13. P2 Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer Pecom ORECA-Nissan 1m29.244s 14. P2 Mailleux/Lombard/Tresson Signatech ORECA-Nissan 1m29.468s 15. P2 Baguette/Kraihamer/Brundle OAK Morgan-Nissan 1m29.786s 16. P2 Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian Greaves Zytek-Nissan 1m30.520s 17. P2 Holzer/Schultis/Moro Lotus Lola-Lotus 1m31.187s 18. P2 Giroix/Ihara/Deletraz Gulf Lola-Nissan 1m31.571s 19. GTE P Fisichella/Bruni AF Ferrari 1m34.904s 20. GTE P Lieb/Lietz Felbermayr Porsche 1m35.210s 21. GTE P Mucke/Turner Aston Martin 1m35.409s 22. GTE P Bertolini/Beretta AF Ferrari 1m35.480s 23. GTE A Longo/Negrao/Bernoldi AF-Waltrip Ferrari 1m36.003s 24. GTE A Bornhauser/Canal/Rees Larbre Corvette 1m36.270s 25. GTE A Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo Krohn Ferrari 1m36.605s 26. GTE A Ried/Roda/Ruberti Felbermayr Porsche 1m36.906s 27. GTE A Camathias/Palttala/Daniels JWA Porsche 1m38.633s 28. GTE A Belloc/Bourret/Gibon Larbre Corvette 1m40.545s Practice two: Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. P1 Wurz/Lapierre Toyota 1m23.272s 2. P1 Kristensen/McNish/di Grassi Audi ultra 1m23.710s 3. P1 Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer Audi e-tron 1m23.900s 4. P1 Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck JRM HPD 1m24.265s 5. P1 Leventis/Watts/Kane Strakka HPD 1m25.325s 6. P1 Prost/Jani Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m25.556s 7. P1 Belicchi/Primat Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m26.252s 8. P2 Mailleux/Lombard/Tresson Signatech ORECA-Nissan 1m27.815s 9. P2 Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov Signatech ORECA-Nissan 1m27.818s 10. P2 Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin Starworks HPD 1m28.190s 11. P2 Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla OAK Morgan-Nissan 1m28.227s 12. P2 Baguette/Kraihamer/Brundle OAK Morgan-Nissan 1m28.228s 13. P2 Liuzzi/Rossiter/Weeda Lotus Lola-Lotus 1m28.234s 14. P2 Martin/Charouz/Graves ADR-Delta ORECA-Nissan 1m28.262s 15. P2 Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer Pecom ORECA-Nissan 1m28.529s 16. P2 Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian Greaves Zytek-Nissan 1m29.704s 17. P2 Holzer/Schultis/Moro Lotus Lola-Lotus 1m30.136s 18. P2 Giroix/Ihara/Deletraz Gulf Lola-Nissan 1m31.413s 19. GTE P Mucke/Turner Aston Martin 1m34.001s 20. GTE P Lieb/Lietz Felbermayr Porsche 1m34.413s 21. GTE A Bornhauser/Canal/Rees Larbre Corvette 1m34.841s 22. GTE P Fisichella/Bruni AF Ferrari 1m35.137s 23. GTE P Bertolini/Beretta As Ferrari 1m35.210s 24. GTE A Ried/Roda/Ruberti Felbermayr Porsche 1m36.016s 25. GTE A Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo Krohn Ferrari 1m36.017s 26. GTE A Longo/Negrao/Bernoldi AF-Waltrip Ferrari 1m36.521s 27. GTE A Belloc/Bourret/Gibon Larbre Corvette 1m36.957s 28. GTE A Camathias/Palttala/Daniels JWA Porsche 1m37.633s 
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