Silverstone WEC: Fernando Alonso fastest in final practice

Fernando Alonso set the quickest time in third practice for the World Endurance Championship round at Silverstone, while the two SMP Racing entries split the Toyotas

Silverstone WEC: Fernando Alonso fastest in final practice

Alonso enjoyed a near-traffic-free lap at the start of the hour-long session to record a best time of 1m37.677s in the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, almost a second up on Jose Maria Lopez's Friday benchmark.

It was enough to top the session by 1.649s, as both SMP BR Engineering BR1s beat the #7 Toyota - whose best time of 1m40.033s was again set by Lopez.

Jenson Button was first to split the Toyotas in the #11 car with a 1m39.762s, but this was eclipsed by Stephane Sarrazin's effort of 1m39.326s in the sister #17 machine.

Rebellion Racing could only manage fifth and sixth with its pair of Gibson-powered R-13s, with Mathias Beche's best time in the #3 car in the early stages 3.8s off the pace.

Andre Lotterer was a further seven tenths back in the #1 machine that sat out Friday's second session in the wake of Bruno Senna's ankle-breaking crash.

Rounding out the LMP1 order were the #10 DragonSpeed BR1-Gibson and the #4 ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01, which also had to miss second practice after suffering an oil leak in the opening session.

Debris on track at Becketts meant the session was red-flagged with three minutes left on the clock and was not resumed.

Matthieu Vaxiviere kept the #28 TDS Racing ORECA at the head of the times in LMP2 with a best time of 1m44.247s.

Jackie Chan DC Racing's pair of ORECAs were next up, Nabil Jeffri in the #37 leading Stephane Richelmi in the #38, followed by Pastor Maldonado in the #31 DragonSpeed ORECA.

Ford locked out the top two positions in GTE Pro, with Harry Tincknell's 1m55.197s effort in the #67 car edging out Stefan Mucke in the #66 GT by six tenths.

Aston Martin continued its improved form with the third-best time, 1.2s off the pace with Nicki Thiim at the wheel of the #95, followed by the best of the Ferrari 488 GTEs in fourth and the lead Porsche 911 RSR in fifth.

BMW enjoyed a brief spell at the head of the times midway through the session before dropping back to seventh.

GTE Am was led by Aston Martin courtesy of an early 1m58.460s lap by ex-Formula 1 driver Pedro Lamy.

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FP3 times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m37.677s - 31
2 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 1m39.326s 1.649s 23
3 LMP1 M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.Button SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 1m39.762s 2.085s 22
4 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m40.033s 2.356s 28
5 LMP1 M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m41.557s 3.880s 23
6 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m42.208s 4.531s 25
7 LMP1 H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande DragonSpeed BR Engineering/Gibson 1m43.244s 5.567s 24
8 LMP1 O.Webb, R.Binder ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/NISMO 1m43.606s 5.929s 18
9 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.Duval TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m44.247s 6.570s 26
10 LMP2 J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.Jeffri Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m44.889s 7.212s 25
11 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.Richelmi Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m45.569s 7.892s 24
12 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.Davidson DragonSpeed ORECA/Gibson 1m45.815s 8.138s 29
13 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland Dallara/Gibson 1m46.576s 8.899s 27
14 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 1m46.763s 9.086s 23
15 LMP2 E.Creed, R.Ricci, Y.Mori Larbre Competition Alpine/Gibson 1m48.735s 11.058s 18
16 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m55.197s 17.520s 25
17 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m55.798s 18.121s 23
18 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m56.408s 18.731s 22
19 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 1m56.629s 18.952s 27
20 GTE Pro R.Lietz, G.Bruni Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m56.670s 18.993s 23
21 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 1m56.761s 19.084s 24
22 GTE Pro A.Farfus, A.F.da Costa BMW Team MTEK BMW 1m56.862s 19.185s 22
23 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m56.879s 19.202s 24
24 GTE Pro M.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg BMW Team MTEK BMW 1m56.916s 19.239s 24
25 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m58.149s 20.472s 23
26 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m58.460s 20.783s 25
27 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever MR Racing Ferrari 1m58.505s 20.828s 24
28 GTE Am C.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m58.948s 21.271s 23
29 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella Spirit of Race Ferrari 1m59.104s 21.427s 25
30 GTE Am G.Roda, G.Roda, M.Cairoli Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m59.112s 21.435s 22
31 GTE Am S.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.Eastwood TF Sport Aston Martin 1m59.365s 21.688s 25
32 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.Davison Gulf Racing Porsche 1m59.621s 21.944s 23
33 GTE Am J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti Team Project 1 Porsche 1m59.788s 22.111s 24
34 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 2m00.424s 22.747s 25

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