Nurburgring WEC: Porsche sets pace on high-downforce car's debut

Porsche pipped Toyota to the top spot on the competition debut of the latest high-downforce version of the 919 Hybrid in first World Endurance Championship practice at the Nurburgring

Nurburgring WEC: Porsche sets pace on high-downforce car's debut

Timo Bernard set a 1m41.612s in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid with 20 minutes to go in the session.

That put the Porsche a shade over two tenths up on the best of the Toyota TS050 Hybrids in which Sebastien Buemi posted a 1m41.816s right at the start of the 90 minutes.

Neel Jani was less than a tenth behind in the second Porsche on a 1m41.896s, while Mike Conway took fourth in the final Toyota on 1m41.979s.

Porsche is running its high-downforce 919 for the first time after opting to field its cars with aerodynamics developed for the Le Mans 24 Hours at the Silverstone and Spa WEC rounds in April and May respectively.

Bruno Senna led the way in LMP2 for the Rebellion team, posting an early class best of 1m47.717s in his ORECA-Gibson 07.

No one was able to get within half a second of his time, Pierre Thiriet ending up more than six tenths back aboard the G-Drive Racing ORECA.

Davide Rigon headed the practice times in GTE Pro for Ferrari.

His 1m57.170s in the #71 AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTE compared with second place Kevin Estre's 1m57.307s in the best of the factory Porsche 911 RSRs.

Alessandro Pier Guidi was third fastest in the second of the two AF factory cars.

The fastest of the Ganassi Ford GTs, which have received a 20g penalty for this race under the new automatic Balance of Performance system, took fourth in Olivier Pla's hands.

The two Aston Martin Vantages brought up the rear of the GTE Pro field despite receive a weight break and getting a larger diameter engine air-restrictor for this race.

Matteo Cairoli was fastest in GTE Am for the Dempsey Proton Porsche squad.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.Hartley Porsche LMP Team Porsche 1m41.612s - 32
2 LMP1 S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m41.816s 0.204s 32
3 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.Tandy Porsche LMP Team Porsche 1m41.896s 0.284s 29
4 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m41.979s 0.367s 32
5 LMP2 J.Canal, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 1m47.717s 6.105s 26
6 LMP2 R.Rusinov, P.Thiriet, B.Hanley G-Drive Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m48.379s 6.767s 32
7 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.Collard TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m48.401s 6.789s 28
8 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m48.501s 6.889s 31
9 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.Petrov CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m48.809s 7.197s 34
10 LMP2 N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, M.Rao Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 1m48.987s 7.375s 32
11 LMP1 O.Webb, D.Kraihamer, M.Bonanomi ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/NISMO 1m49.012s 7.400s 6
12 LMP2 M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, P.Derani Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 1m49.096s 7.484s 19
13 LMP2 D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.Gommendy Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m49.168s 7.556s 25
14 LMP2 P.Ragues, A.Negrao, N.Panciatici Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 1m49.486s 7.874s 29
15 LMP2 T.Graves, J.Hirschi, R.Merhi CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m50.166s 8.554s 12
16 LMP2 N.Moore, P.Hanson Tockwith Motorsports Ligier/Gibson 1m51.644s 10.032s 27
17 GTE Pro D.Rigon, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 1m57.170s 15.558s 36
18 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m57.307s 15.695s 27
19 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 1m57.483s 15.871s 32
20 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m57.618s 16.006s 30
21 GTE Pro R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m57.632s 16.020s 29
22 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m57.939s 16.327s 33
23 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m57.993s 16.381s 40
24 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam, D.Serra Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m58.224s 16.612s 35
25 GTE Am C.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.Dienst Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m59.208s 17.596s 28
26 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.Molina Spirit of Race Ferrari 1m59.346s 17.734s 35
27 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, N.Foster Gulf Racing Porsche 1m59.370s 17.758s 25
28 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.456s 17.844s 36
29 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 1m59.728s 18.116s 35


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