Silverstone WEC: Lopez fastest as Toyota extends its advantage

The #7 Toyota extended its gap at the front of the field in second free practice for this weekend's Silverstone World Endurance Championship event

Silverstone WEC: Lopez fastest as Toyota extends its advantage

This time with Jose Maria Lopez at the wheel, the #7 beat the sister car of Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso by nearly 1.4 seconds and ended up 1.6s clear of the fastest privateer.

Lopez, who shares with Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway, posted a 1m38.536s early in the 90-minute practice period, which compared with Nakajima's session best of 1m38.893s.

The fastest of the LMP1 privateers was the #17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1.

Egor Orudzhev recorded a 1m40.179s in the AER-powered car to end up more than a second ahead of the next best privateer, the #3 Rebellion-Gibson R-13 entry, despite briefly stopping on track with electrical problems.

Thomas Laurent's 1m41.369s was four tenths down on the first session best from the car in the hands of Gustavo Menezes.

The second of the SMP entries took fifth with Vitaly Petrov driving, ahead of Ben Hanley in DragonSpeed's Gibson-engined BRE.

The #1 Rebellion, in which Bruno Senna suffered a fractured ankle after crashing in the opening session, did not run as it continued to undergo repairs.

The ByKolles ENSO CLM-Nissan P1/01 also didn't take to the track after suffering an oil leak in the first practice period.

The Jota-run Jackie Chan DC Racing squad topped the LMP2 class times.

Gabriel Aubry ended up fastest in the team's #38 ORECA-Gibson 07 with a 1m45.311s.

The Signatech Alpine ORECA took second with a 1m45.751s from Nicolas Lapierre, which just edged out Matthieu Vaxiviere's 1m45.818s in the TDS entry.

Ford returned to the top of the GTE Pro times in the closing minutes of the session courtesy of 1m56.898s from Harry Tincknell.

That vaulted him ahead of the two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs, which had headed the times in the middle of the session first with Marco Sorensen and then Alex Lynn.

Lynn ended up second in the 1m57.026s, while Stefan Mucke jumped to third with a 1m57.182s in the second Ford.

Andy Priaulx and Olivier Pla had topped the times initially in the two Ganassi Fords.

Ferrari led the chasing pack courtesy of a 1m58.190s from James Calado as the Italian manufacturer and Porsche filled out the next four positions in class.

Matteo Cairoli was fastest in GTE Am in his Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR.

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FP2 times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m38.536s - 48
2 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m39.893s 1.357s 47
3 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 1m40.179s 1.643s 27
4 LMP1 M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m41.369s 2.833s 32
5 LMP1 M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.Button SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 1m41.587s 3.051s 40
6 LMP1 H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande DragonSpeed BR Engineering/Gibson 1m43.449s 4.913s 21
7 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.Richelmi Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m45.311s 6.775s 43
8 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 1m45.751s 7.215s 43
9 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.Duval TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m45.818s 7.282s 42
10 LMP2 J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.Jeffri Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m46.074s 7.538s 36
11 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.Davidson DragonSpeed ORECA/Gibson 1m47.069s 8.533s 36
12 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland Dallara/Gibson 1m47.601s 9.065s 37
13 LMP2 E.Creed, R.Ricci, Y.Mori Larbre Competition Alpine/Gibson 1m49.486s 10.950s 41
14 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m56.898s 18.362s 43
15 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m57.026s 18.490s 38
16 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m57.182s 18.646s 44
17 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m57.281s 18.745s 34
18 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 1m58.190s 19.654s 39
19 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m58.288s 19.752s 31
20 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 1m58.606s 20.070s 39
21 GTE Pro R.Lietz, G.Bruni Porsche GT Team Porsche 1m58.869s 20.333s 21
22 GTE Pro A.Farfus, A.F.da Costa BMW Team MTEK BMW 1m58.893s 20.357s 35
23 GTE Pro M.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg BMW Team MTEK BMW 1m58.950s 20.414s 35
24 GTE Am G.Roda, G.Roda, M.Cairoli Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m59.105s 20.569s 37
25 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.378s 20.842s 38
26 GTE Am C.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 1m59.449s 20.913s 32
27 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.Davison Gulf Racing Porsche 1m59.476s 20.940s 34
28 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella Spirit of Race Ferrari 1m59.716s 21.180s 39
29 GTE Am J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti Team Project 1 Porsche 1m59.760s 21.224s 40
30 GTE Am S.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.Eastwood TF Sport Aston Martin 1m59.953s 21.417s 31
31 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever MR Racing Ferrari 1m59.984s 21.448s 36
32 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 2m00.213s 21.677s 37
33 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson - - 0
34 LMP1 O.Webb, R.Binder ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/NISMO - - 0


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