Shanghai WEC: Sebastien Buemi fastest for Toyota on damp Friday

Toyota came out on top in two rain-affected sessions of free practice for this weekend's Shanghai round of the World Endurance Championship

Shanghai WEC: Sebastien Buemi fastest for Toyota on damp Friday

Sebastien Buemi's 1m54.768s set on intermediate tyres in the first of the two 90-minute sessions stood as the fastest time of the day.

That gave him and team-mates Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso a margin of a second and a half over the sister Toyota TS050 HYBRID in which Jose Maria Lopez posted a 1m56.354s lap in the morning.

Third fastest was the best of the SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1s in which Matevos Isaakyan recorded a 1m58.880s in the opening session.

Tom Dillmann was only half a tenth in arrears in fourth position in the ByKolles ENSO CLM-Nissan P1/01 on a 1m58.919s.

Fastest Rebellion lap of the day was set by Thomas Laurent in the morning practice period, his 1m59.1392s putting him fifth in the combined times.

Lopez jumped to the top of the timesheets right at the end of the slower afternoon session in which the LMP1 runners used only wet tyres.

His 2m02.259s eclipsed Kazuki Nakajima's 2m02.504s by a couple of tenths, while Laurent was a further tenth and a half behind in the #3 Rebellion-Gibson R-13.

Jazeman Jaafar recorded the best LMP2 time of the day in the quicker, morning practice period with a 2m02.923s aboard the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA-Gibson 07.

He ended up six tenths clear of Nyck de Vries in the Racing Team Nederland Dallara-Gibson P217.

Jaafar was also quickest in LMP2 in the afternoon, knocking the Signatech ORECA from top of the times right at the end of the session.

Martin Tomczyk recorded a 2m09.830s on slicks to top the GTE Pro times aboard his BMW M8 GTE in the morning.

The second GTE car in the changing conditions was the Am class TF Sport Aston Vantage GTE driven by Charlie Eastwood.

The #91 Porsche 911 RSR was second fastest in GTE Pro car courtesy of a 2m12.202s from Richard Lietz.

Maxime Martin and Kevin Estre took third and fourth positions in GTE Pro for Aston Martin and Porsche respectively in the morning.

James Calado was quickest in class in the afternoon in his AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE from Antonio Felix da Costa in the second of the BMW M8s.

The Spirit of Race Ferrari topped GTE Am in the afternoon.

FP1 times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m54.768s - 39
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m56.354s 1.586s 37
3 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev, M.Isaakyan SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 1m58.880s 4.112s 33
4 LMP1 O.Webb, T.Dillmann, J.Rossiter ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/NISMO 1m58.919s 4.151s 23
5 LMP1 M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m59.132s 4.364s 31
6 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m59.239s 4.471s 31
7 LMP1 M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.Button SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 1m59.675s 4.907s 30
8 LMP2 J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.Jeffri Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m02.923s 8.155s 30
9 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland Dallara/Gibson 2m03.551s 8.783s 35
10 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.Duval TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m04.282s 9.514s 34
11 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.Richelmi Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m04.556s 9.788s 30
12 LMP2 E.Creed, R.Ricci, E.Guibbert Larbre Competition Ligier/Gibson 2m04.623s 9.855s 33
13 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.Davidson DragonSpeed ORECA/Gibson 2m04.803s 10.035s 29
14 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 2m06.714s 11.946s 34
15 LMP1 J.Allen, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande DragonSpeed BR Engineering/Gibson 2m06.847s 12.079s 5
16 GTE Pro M.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg BMW Team MTEK BMW 2m09.830s 15.062s 29
17 GTE Am S.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.Eastwood TF Sport Aston Martin 2m11.764s 16.996s 32
18 GTE Pro R.Lietz, G.Bruni Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m12.202s 17.434s 34
19 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m12.568s 17.800s 36
20 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m12.840s 18.072s 25
21 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m12.980s 18.212s 24
22 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m13.012s 18.244s 32
23 GTE Pro O.Gavin, T.Milner Corvette Racing Chevrolet 2m13.182s 18.414s 30
24 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m13.414s 18.646s 23
25 GTE Am C.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 2m13.482s 18.714s 30
26 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 2m13.638s 18.870s 30
27 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 2m13.745s 18.977s 19
28 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m14.217s 19.449s 25
29 GTE Pro T.Blomqvist, A.F.da Costa BMW Team MTEK BMW 2m14.391s 19.623s 27
30 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m14.618s 19.850s 35
31 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, R.Pera, M.Cairoli Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 2m15.724s 20.956s 32
32 GTE Am J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti Team Project 1 Porsche 2m15.803s 21.035s 31
33 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever MR Racing Ferrari 2m15.856s 21.088s 25
34 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, T.Preining Gulf Racing Porsche 2m15.914s 21.146s 25
35 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella Spirit of Race Ferrari 2m16.129s 21.361s 35

FP2 times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 2m02.259s - 32
2 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 2m02.504s 0.245s 35
3 LMP1 M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 2m02.673s 0.414s 35
4 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 2m02.935s 0.676s 28
5 LMP1 M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.Button SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 2m03.648s 1.389s 30
6 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev, M.Isaakyan SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 2m04.588s 2.329s 29
7 LMP1 J.Allen, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande DragonSpeed BR Engineering/Gibson 2m04.696s 2.437s 36
8 LMP1 O.Webb, T.Dillmann, J.Rossiter ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/NISMO 2m06.744s 4.485s 25
9 LMP2 J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.Jeffri Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m10.869s 8.610s 31
10 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 2m10.896s 8.637s 32
11 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.Duval TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m11.746s 9.487s 28
12 LMP2 E.Creed, R.Ricci, E.Guibbert Larbre Competition Ligier/Gibson 2m12.112s 9.853s 32
13 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland Dallara/Gibson 2m12.156s 9.897s 32
14 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.Richelmi Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m12.162s 9.903s 26
15 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.Davidson DragonSpeed ORECA/Gibson 2m12.499s 10.240s 34
16 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m14.315s 12.056s 26
17 GTE Pro T.Blomqvist, A.F.da Costa BMW Team MTEK BMW 2m14.964s 12.705s 26
18 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m14.983s 12.724s 35
19 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m15.454s 13.195s 28
20 GTE Pro O.Gavin, T.Milner Corvette Racing Chevrolet 2m16.222s 13.963s 28
21 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m16.250s 13.991s 14
22 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m16.568s 14.309s 16
23 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella Spirit of Race Ferrari 2m16.835s 14.576s 31
24 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 2m16.878s 14.619s 19
25 GTE Pro M.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg BMW Team MTEK BMW 2m17.025s 14.766s 26
26 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 2m17.162s 14.903s 24
27 GTE Pro R.Lietz, G.Bruni Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m17.578s 15.319s 17
28 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, T.Preining Gulf Racing Porsche 2m17.799s 15.540s 27
29 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m17.863s 15.604s 26
30 GTE Am S.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.Eastwood TF Sport Aston Martin 2m17.904s 15.645s 30
31 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever MR Racing Ferrari 2m18.558s 16.299s 22
32 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, R.Pera, M.Cairoli Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 2m18.610s 16.351s 26
33 GTE Am J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti Team Project 1 Porsche 2m20.235s 17.976s 10
34 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m21.333s 19.074s 18
35 GTE Am C.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche - - 0

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