Mexico WEC: Porsche heads Toyota in Friday practice

Porsche topped the times in the opening free practice session for this weekend's Mexico City round of the World Endurance Championship

Mexico WEC: Porsche heads Toyota in Friday practice

Andre Lotterer set a 1m27.026s to improve on team-mate Neel Jani's 1m27.652s in the closing minutes of a session that began on a wet circuit.

That put the German six tenths up on the sister Porsche in which Earl Bamber subsequently posted a 1m27.675s.

The best of the Toyotas was a shade over a second off the pace in the hands of Mike Conway, who improved to a 1m28.029s shortly before the chequered flag.

That put him a second clear of Sebastien Buemi in the second Toyota.

Nicolas Lapierre was fastest in LMP2 in the Signatech Alpine squad's solo ORECA-Gibson 07 on a 1m34.556s set late in the session to eclipse team-mate Gustavo Menezes' 1m34.715s.

The #13 Rebellion Racing ORECA was second fastest on a 1m34.932s set by Mathias Beche.

Third fastest was the second of the Rebellion cars in which Bruno Senna recorded a 1m35.213s.

Ferrari was fastest in GTE despite a double hit under the automatic Balance of Performance rules in the form of a 5kg penalty and a decrease in turbo boost across its torque curve.

The Italian marque's rivals have all been given performance breaks with a 2kg decrease in minimum weight and more power.

James Calado set a 1m41.1s in the #51 AF Corse factory Ferrari 488 GTE, which gave him a margin of seven hundredths over Frederic Makowiecki in the best of the Porsche 911 RSRs.

Nicki Thiim was third fastest for Aston Martin in the best of the Vantage GTEs on a 1m41.297s

Matteo Cairoli was fastest in GTE Am in the Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR.

Practice times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.Tandy Porsche LMP Team Porsche 1m27.026s
2 LMP1 T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.Hartley Porsche LMP Team Porsche 0.649s
3 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1.003s
4 LMP1 S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 2.105s
5 LMP2 N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.Negrao Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 7.530s
6 LMP2 M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr. Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 7.906s
7 LMP2 J.Canal, N.Prost, B.Senna Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 8.187s
8 LMP2 R.Rusinov, P.Thiriet, A.Lynn G-Drive Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.480s
9 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.Petrov CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.661s
10 LMP2 M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.Vergne CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.748s
11 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 9.145s
12 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.Collard TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 9.165s
13 LMP2 D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.Gommendy Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 9.406s
14 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 14.075s
15 GTE Pro R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 14.151s
16 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 14.271s
17 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 14.296s
18 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 14.387s
19 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 14.690s
20 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 14.917s
21 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam, D.Serra Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 14.985s
22 GTE Am C.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.Dienst Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 15.443s
23 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, N.Foster Gulf Racing Porsche 15.550s
24 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 15.897s
25 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.Molina Spirit of Race Ferrari 16.101s
26 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 16.327s

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