Shanghai WEC: Toyota tops rain-affected Saturday morning practice

Toyota set the pace in a rain-affected final free practice session ahead of qualifying for the World Endurance Championship finale at Shanghai

Shanghai WEC: Toyota tops rain-affected Saturday morning practice

Alex Wurz topped the times in the lone Toyota TS030 Hybrid with a 1m48.979s set on slick tyres late in the one-hour session.

That put him just over half a second ahead of Allan McNish in the best of the Audi R18 e-tron quattros.

Andre Lotterer was third fastest in the second Audi, while Danny Watts was best LMP1 privateer aboard the Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03a in fourth position.

OAK Racing led the way in LMP2. Olivier Pla ended up fastest in the team's Morgan-Nissan LMP2 2012 with a time seven tenths clear of Stephane Sarrazin in the Starworks HPD ARX-03b.

Richard Lietz was fastest in GTE Pro aboard the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 911 GT3-RSR.

Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. P1 Wurz/Lapierre Toyota 1m48.979s 2. P1 Kristensen/McNish Audi 1m50.597s 3. P1 Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer Audi 1m51.917s 4. P1 Leventis/Watts/Kane JRM HPD 1m53.476s 5. P1 Baguette/Kraihamer/Sato OAK Pescarolo-HPD 1m55.740s 6. P1 Belicchi/Primat/Cheng Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m55.749s 7. P2 Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla OAK Morgan-Nissan 1m56.295s 8. P1 Prost/Jani Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m56.960s 9. P2 Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin Starworks HPD 1m56.986s 10. P2 Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer Pecom ORECA-Nissan 1m57.968s 11. P2 Charouz/Rossiter/Weeda Lotus Lola-Lotus 1m58.475s 12. P1 Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck JRM HPD 1m58.751s 13. P2 Martin/Graves/Beche ADR-Delta ORECA-Nissan 1m59.255s 14. P2 Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian Greaves Zytek-Nissan 1m59.357s 15. P2 Giroix/Ihara/Deletraz Gulf Lola-Nissan 1m59.419s 16. P2 Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov Signatech ORECA-Nissan 2m00.143s 17. P2 Holzer/Schultis Lotus Lola-Lotus 2m00.150s 18. P2 Mailleux/Lombard/Tresson Signatech ORECA-Nissan 2m02.117s 19. GTE P Lieb/Lietz Felbermayr Porsche 2m06.332s 20. GTE P Mucke/Turner Aston Martin 2m06.822s 21. GTE P Bertolini/Beretta AF Ferrari 2m08.369s 22. GTE P Fisichella/Bruni AF Ferrari 2m08.867s 23. GTE A Ried/Roda/Ruberti Felbermayr Porsche 2m10.540s 24. GTE A Camathias/Bell/Daniels JWA Porsche 2m10.623s 25. GTE A Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy Larbre Corvette 2m10.776s 26. GTE A Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo Krohn Ferrari 2m15.820s 27. GTE A Kauffman/Aguas/Cioci AF Ferrari 2m18.139s 28. GTE A Belloc/Bourret Pascal Gibon Larbre Corvette 2m19.509s 
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