Silverstone WEC: Porsche edges Audi and Toyota in first practice

The new World Endurance Championship challengers from Porsche, Audi and Toyota were separated by just over six tenths of a second in first practice for the Silverstone opener

Silverstone WEC: Porsche edges Audi and Toyota in first practice

Marc Lieb topped the times in the best of the Porsche 919 Hybrids on a 1m44.042s, which put him four tenths clear of the fastest of Audi's latest R18 e-tron quattros in the hands of Loic Duval.

The quickest of the two Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs was third on a time just two tenths slower from Anthony Davidson.

The six factory entries, which blocked out the top positions at the end of the 90-minute session, were separated by just 1.1s.

The most eagerly-awaited sportscar season ever

Marcel Fassler ended up fourth in the second Audi, with Alex Wurz (Toyota) and Tim Bernhard (Porsche) filling fifth and sixth positions.

Lieb's time was eight tenths slower than the quickest time set in qualifying for last year's Silverstone WEC round.

The quickest of the two Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota B12/60s, which the team have pressed into service after its new ORECA-built R-One was delayed, was only four tenths behind Bernhard in Nicolas Prost's hands.

The LMP2 class, which is fought out by just four cars this weekend after a series of withdrawals, was led by Roman Rusinov in the OAK Racing-run G-Drive Morgan-Nissan.

His time of 1m51.004s put him seven tenths clear of Nicolas Minassian in the fastest of the two AF-run SMP Racing ORECA-Nissans.

Patrick Pilet blitzed the GTE Pro field in his factory Porsche 911 RSR with a time more than a second clear of his nearest rival.

His fastest time of 1m58.981s compared with team-mate Marco Holezer's 2m00.455s lap in the sister car and next best Toni Vilander's time of 2m00.519s in the quickest of the two AF Corse Ferrari 458s.

Sam Bird was quickest on his sportscar debut in GTE Am aboard his AF Ferrari.

Pos Cl Drivers Car Time Gap 1. P1 Dumas/Jani/Lieb Porsche 1m44.042s 2. P1 Kristensen/Duval/di Grassi Audi 1m44.470s +0.428s 3. P1 Davidson/Nicolas/Buemi Toyota 1m44.661s +0.619s 4. P1 Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler Audi 1m44.717s +0.675s 5. P1 Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima Toyota 1m45.066s +1.024s 6. P1 Bernhard/Webber/Hartley Porsche 1m45.157s +1.115s 7. P1 Heidfeld/Prost/Beche Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m45.593s +1.551s 8. P1 Belicchi/Leimer/Kraihamer Rebellion Lola-Toyota 1m46.418s +2.376s 9. P2 Pla/Rusinov/Canal G-Drive Morgan-Nissan 1m51.004s +6.962s 10. P2 Minassian/Zlobin/Mediani SMP ORECA-Nissan 1m51.743s +7.701s 11. P2 Bradley/Howson/Imperatori/Matsuda KCMG ORECA-Nissan 1m52.330s +8.288s 12. P2 Ladygin/Ladygin/Shaitar SMP ORECA-Nissan 1m52.538s +8.496s 13. GTE P Pilet/Bergmeister/Tandy Manthey Porsche 1m58.981s +14.939s 14. GTE P Makowiecki/Holzer/Lietz Manthey Porsche 2m00.455s +16.413s 15. GTE P Bruni/Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m00.519s +16.477s 16. GTE P Griffin/Parente Ram Ferrari 2m00.803s +16.761s 17. GTE A Rugolo/Wyatt/Bird AF Corse Ferrari 2m01.210s +17.168s 18. GTE P Calado/Rigon AF Corse Ferrari 2m01.279s +17.237s 19. GTE P Turner/Mucke Aston Martin 2m01.853s +17.811s 20. GTE A Bachler/Ried/Al Qubaisi Proton Porsche 2m02.023s +17.981s 21. GTE A Cioci/Perez Companc/Venturi AF Corse Ferrari 2m02.033s +17.991s 22. GTE P O'Young/MacDowall/Rees Aston Martin 2m02.075s +18.033s 23. GTE A Potolicchio/Ruberti/Roda 8Star Ferrari 2m02.230s +18.188s 24. GTE A Collard/Perrodo/Vaxiviere ProSpeed Porsche 2m02.444s +18.402s 25. GTE A Poulsen/Heinemeier/Stanaway/Thiim Aston Martin 2m02.640s +18.598s 26. GTE A Dalla Lana/Lamy/Nygaard Aston Martin 2m02.964s +18.922s 27. GTE A Mowlem/Collins/Patterson Ram Ferrari 2m02.993s +18.951s 
shares
comments
The most eagerly-awaited sportscar season ever

Previous article

The most eagerly-awaited sportscar season ever

Next article

Silverstone WEC: Audi on top in second free practice

Silverstone WEC: Audi on top in second free practice
Load comments
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear Plus

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance

WEC
Jun 14, 2021
Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts Plus

Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts

The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Plus

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Plus

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

WEC
May 4, 2021
Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship Plus

Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship

Beyond the slender grid of headline-grabbing hypercars, there are numerous subplots and changes to look out for in the new season of the WEC, which gets underway at Spa this weekend. Here's the seven key things you need to know about

WEC
Apr 30, 2021
What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era Plus

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner

WEC
Apr 29, 2021
How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era Plus

How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era

The 2021 World Endurance Championship kicks off at Spa this weekend, but for the first time since its 2012 inception there will be no works Aston Martins in the GTE-Pro class. As its new era in Formula 1 begins, Aston leaves behind a legacy of success courtesy of its Prodrive-run factory programme that was a hit from the word go in 2005

WEC
Apr 27, 2021
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021