Silverstone WEC: Lead Toyota edges Rebellion in final practice

Toyota led Rebellion by less than half a second in the final practice session for the opening round of the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship season at Silverstone

Silverstone WEC: Lead Toyota edges Rebellion in final practice

Kazuki Nakajima topped Saturday morning's hour-long session with an early effort of 1m37.014s in the #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID around the newly-surfaced British venue.

That time was just under three tenths slower than stablemate Kamui Kobayashi managed on Friday, but enough to beat the quickest of the Rebellion R-13s, the #3 car of Nathanael Berthon, by 0.398s.

Gustavo Menezes put the #1 Rebellion in third, 0.936s off the pace but fractionally ahead of the #7 Toyota driven by Mike Conway.

Ginetta filled out fifth and sixth places with its pair of G60-LT-P1s, the quickest of which was 1.421s off the pace in the hands of factory driver Charlie Robertson.

There was drama for Robertson, however, who spun the #5 car at Becketts midway through the session and had to crawl back to the pits with a flat right-rear tyre.

The car, which did not set a timed lap in FP1 due to gear selection issues, reappeared on track later in the session.

LMP2 was topped once again by United Autosports and its new Michelin-shod ORECA, with silver-rated Phil Hanson setting the squad's fastest time of 1m41.271s.

Giedo van der Garde put Racing Team Nederland's ORECA, also running Michelins, in second with a time six tenths off the pace, while Will Stevens set the best time for a Goodyear-shod car in the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA in third.

Ferrari led the way in GTE Pro courtesy of a 1m54.462s lap by James Calado in the #51 488 GTE, which was a little under a tenth up on the best of the all-new Porsche 911 RSR-19s driven by Gianmaria Bruni.

Michael Christensen was third fastest in the second of the Porsches, while the two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs could manage no better than fifth and sixth.

GTE Am was led by the #83 AF Corse Ferrari of WEC newcomer Nicklas Nielsen, whose lap of 1m54.662s was enough to put that car third overall in GTE and 1.5s up on the next-best Am car, Project 1's #56 Porsche 911 RSR.

FP3 times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m37.014s 31
2 LMP1 N.Berthon, P.Derani, L.Duval Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 0.398s 25
3 LMP1 B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.Nato Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 0.936s 29
4 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.967s 30
5 LMP1 C.Robertson, B.Hanley, E.Orudzhev Team LNT Ginetta/AER 1.421s 20
6 LMP1 M.Simpson, O.Jarvis, G.Smith Team LNT Ginetta/AER 1.747s 28
7 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 4.257s 24
8 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, J.van Uitert Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 4.888s 28
9 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 5.065s 30
10 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 5.334s 28
11 LMP2 M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 5.698s 29
12 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, A.Davidson, A.F.da Costa JOTA ORECA/Gibson 5.969s 28
13 LMP2 T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 7.039s 28
14 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 7.305s 29
15 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 17.453s 28
16 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz Porsche GT Team Porsche 17.546s 24
17 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 17.648s 25
18 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 17.941s 23
19 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari 18.063s 29
20 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 18.232s 20
21 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 18.702s 16
22 GTE Am E.Perfetti, D.Kolkmann, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 19.121s 26
23 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 19.173s 26
24 GTE Am T.Preining, G.Giraudi, R.Sanchez Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 19.507s 28
25 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 19.585s 25
26 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 19.638s 27
27 GTE Am P.D.Lana, D.Turner, R.Gunn Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 19.696s 25
28 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 19.745s 27
29 GTE Am C.Ried, M.Campbell, R.Pera Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 19.749s 25
30 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 19.755s 25
31 GTE Am B.Keating, F.Fraga, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 20.298s 24


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