Nurburgring WEC: Audi leads Porsche in first practice

Audi and Porsche were separated by just seven hundredths of a second on the resumption of the World Endurance Championship with opening free practice at the Nurburgring

Nurburgring WEC: Audi leads Porsche in first practice

Andre Lotterer topped the times for Audi with a 1m39.201s aboard the #7 R18 e-tron, which put him 0.76 seconds clear of a 1m39.277s from the Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani.

The #8 Audi took third spot in the 90-minute session, which began on a damp track that quickly dried, with a 1m39.910s from Loic Duval.

The second Porsche ended up fourth in the hands of Timo Bernhard, who set a 1m49.915s.

The two Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs took fifth and sixth spots, Stephane Sarrazin's best of 1m41.812s for the Japanese marque leaving him more than 2.5s off the pace.

Gustavo Yacaman headed LMP2 aboard his G-Drive Ligier-Nissan JSP2 on a 1m46.631s, which was good enough to put him a second clear of team-mate Sam Bird.

The GTE Pro order was led by the two factory AF Corse factory Ferrari 458 Italias, Gianmaria Bruni's 3m55.661s putting him him four tenths ahead of team-mate Davide Rigon.

GTE Am was led by the AF-run Ferrari driven by Rui Aguas.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m39.201s -
2 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m39.277s 0.076s
3 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m39.910s 0.709s
4 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m39.915s 0.714s
5 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 1m41.812s 2.611s
6 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 1m42.541s 3.340s
7 LMP2 G.Yacaman, P.Derani, R.Gonzalez G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m46.631s 7.430s
8 LMP1 N.Prost, M.Beche, N.Heidfeld Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m47.433s 8.232s
9 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.Bird G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m47.623s 8.422s
10 LMP1 A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, D.Abt Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m49.171s 9.970s
11 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m49.242s 10.041s
12 LMP1 S.Trummer, P.Kaffer Team ByKolles CLM/AER 1m49.274s 10.073s
13 LMP2 N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, V.Capillaire Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m49.490s 10.289s
14 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.H.Hansson Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m50.096s 10.895s
15 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Tandy KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m53.098s 13.897s
16 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m54.076s 14.875s
17 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 1m55.661s 16.460s
18 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 1m56.035s 16.834s
19 GTE Pro P.Pilet, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 1m56.956s 17.755s
20 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 1m57.213s 18.012s
21 GTE Pro F.Rees, A.MacDowall, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m57.295s 18.094s
22 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 1m57.876s 18.675s
23 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m58.019s 18.818s
24 GTE Pro D.Turner, S.Mucke, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m58.320s 19.119s
25 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Al Qubaisi, E.Bamber Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 1m59.034s 19.833s
26 GTE Am P.Dempsey, P.Long, M.Seefried Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 1m59.074s 19.873s
27 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, C.Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.150s 19.949s
28 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, K.Poulsen Larbre Competition Chevrolet 1m59.220s 20.019s
29 GTE Am F.Castellacci, R.Goethe, S.Hall Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.812s 20.611s
30 GTE Am V.Shaytar, A.Bertolini, A.Basov SMP Racing Ferrari 2m07.291s 28.090s
31 LMP2 P.Ragues, O.Webb, A.Hamilton Team SARD Morand Morgan/SARD - -

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