Silverstone WEC: Porsche pair lead opening practice session

Porsche blocked out the top two spots in the times at the start of its World Endurance Championship title defence at Silverstone

Silverstone WEC: Porsche pair lead opening practice session

Timo Bernhard and Marc Lieb posted the fastest laps in their respective Porsche 919 Hybrids in the opening 90-minutes session of free practice for Sunday's WEC opener.

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Bernhard set a best lap of 1.m42.182s, which was more than eight tenths up on Lieb's 1m42.996s at the end of a session that started on a damp track.

Toyota took third in the times with a 1m43.765s from Anthony Davidson in the best of the all-new Toyota TS050 HYBRIDs.

The best Audi time was a 1m43.917s from Oliver Jarvis in the #8 R18 e-tron quattro.

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LMP2 was led by Rene Rast in the G-Drive Racing ORECA-Nissan 05 run by the British Jota team.

The German's 1m50.428s put him eight tenths up on the second-placed Signatech ORECA with Nelson Panciatici at the wheel.

The two factory AF Corse Ferraris led the way in GTE Pro.

Gianmaria Bruni set a best time of 2m01.067s in the team's lead entry, which was more than a second up on Davide Rigon in the sister car.

PRACTICE ONE TIMES

Pos Class Driver Car Time Laps
1 LMP1 Timo Bernhard Porsche 1m42.182s 12
2 LMP1 Brendon Hartley Porsche 1m42.642s 15
3 LMP1 Marc Lieb Porsche 1m42.996s 14
4 LMP1 Neel Jani Porsche 1m43.282s 16
5 LMP1 Anthony Davidson Toyota 1m43.765s 6
6 LMP1 Oliver Jarvis Audi 1m43.917s 15
7 LMP1 Loic Duval Audi 1m44.187s 9
8 LMP1 Sebastien Buemi Toyota 1m44.679s 20
9 LMP1 Mike Conway Toyota 1m45.936s 14
10 LMP1 Lucas di Grassi Audi 1m46.095s 11
11 LMP1 Benoit Treluyer Audi 1m46.496s 12
12 LMP1 Marcel Fassler Audi 1m46.714s 4
13 LMP1 Kamui Kobayashi Toyota 1m46.776s 5
14 LMP1 Stephane Sarrazin Toyota 1m46.985s 7
15 LMP1 Mark Webber Porsche 1m47.431s 14
16 LMP1 Romain Dumas Porsche 1m47.861s 13
17 LMP1 James Rossiter CLM/AER 1m48.860s 10
18 LMP2 Rene Rast ORECA/Nissan 1m50.428s 28
19 LMP1 Dominik Kraihamer Rebellion/AER 1m50.500s 8
20 LMP2 Nelson Panciatici Alpine/Nissan 1m51.278s 15
21 LMP2 Filipe Albuquerque Ligier/Nissan 1m51.425s 10
22 LMP2 Roberto Merhi ORECA/Nissan 1m51.792s 12
23 LMP2 Vitaly Petrov BR Engineering/Nissan 1m51.918s 12
24 LMP2 Jonny Kane Gibson/Nissan 1m52.159s 19
25 LMP2 Scott Sharp Ligier/Nissan 1m52.191s 25
26 LMP1 Andre Lotterer Audi 1m52.620s 11
27 LMP2 Gustavo Menezes Alpine/Nissan 1m52.651s 10
28 LMP2 Ryan Dalziel Ligier/Nissan 1m52.831s 15
29 LMP1 Simon Trummer CLM/AER 1m53.040s 11
30 LMP1 Kazuki Nakajima Toyota 1m53.062s 3
31 LMP2 James Jakes ORECA/Nissan 1m53.278s 9
32 LMP2 Stephane Richelmi Alpine/Nissan 1m53.427s 14
33 LMP1 Nelson Piquet Jr. Rebellion/AER 1m53.535s 6
34 LMP2 Kirill Ladygin BR Engineering/Nissan 1m53.664s 10
35 LMP2 Matt Rao ORECA/Nissan 1m53.953s 10
36 LMP2 Maurizio Mediani BR Engineering/Nissan 1m54.072s 9
37 LMP1 Nick Heidfeld Rebellion/AER 1m56.587s 11
38 LMP2 Danny Watts Gibson/Nissan 1m56.832s 9
39 LMP2 Nicolas Minassian BR Engineering/Nissan 1m57.363s 13
40 LMP2 Victor Shaytar BR Engineering/Nissan 1m57.408s 9
41 LMP2 Bruno Senna Ligier/Nissan 1m57.685s 12
42 LMP2 Chris Cumming Ligier/Nissan 1m57.958s 9
43 LMP1 Oliver Webb CLM/AER 1m58.050s 10
44 LMP2 Nicolas Lapierre Alpine/Nissan 1m58.115s 9
45 LMP1 Alexandre Imperatori Rebellion/AER 1m58.331s 7
46 LMP2 Tor Graves ORECA/Nissan 1m58.565s 6
47 LMP2 Pipo Derani Ligier/Nissan 1m58.766s 13
48 LMP2 Richard Bradley ORECA/Nissan 1m59.311s 8
49 LMP2 Will Stevens ORECA/Nissan 2m00.719s 10
50 GTE Pro Gianmaria Bruni Ferrari 2m01.067s 15
51 GTE Pro James Calado Ferrari 2m01.166s 11
52 GTE Pro Davide Rigon Ferrari 2m02.218s 16
53 GTE Pro Michael Christensen Porsche 2m02.378s 13
54 GTE Pro Richard Lietz Porsche 2m02.474s 8
55 LMP2 Nick Leventis Gibson/Nissan 2m02.670s 8
56 GTE Pro Billy Johnson Ford 2m02.675s 9
57 GTE Pro Marino Franchitti Ford 2m02.887s 22
58 GTE Pro Sam Bird Ferrari 2m02.896s 12
59 GTE Pro Olivier Pla Ford 2m02.966s 4
60 LMP2 Ho-Pin Tung Alpine/Nissan 2m03.215s 10
61 GTE Am Rui Aguas Ferrari 2m04.093s 8
62 GTE Am Ben Barker Porsche 2m04.176s 6
63 GTE Am Klaus Bachler Porsche 2m04.344s 11
64 GTE Am Mathias Lauda Aston Martin 2m04.622s 12
65 GTE Am Paolo Ruberti Chevrolet 2m05.110s 15
66 GTE Pro Richie Stanaway Aston Martin 2m05.142s 21
67 GTE Pro Nicki Thiim Aston Martin 2m05.828s 11
68 GTE Am Joel Camathias Porsche 2m05.959s 9
69 GTE Pro Fernando Rees Aston Martin 2m06.004s 11
70 GTE Am Pierre Ragues Chevrolet 2m06.034s 6
71 GTE Pro Darren Turner Aston Martin 2m06.353s 8
72 LMP2 David Cheng Alpine/Nissan 2m06.504s 10
73 GTE Am Francois Perrodo Ferrari 2m06.526s 13
74 GTE Am Christian Ried Porsche 2m07.255s 8
75 GTE Am Emmanuel Collard Ferrari 2m07.550s 12
76 GTE Am David Heinemeier Hansson Porsche 2m08.179s 5
77 GTE Am Khaled Al Qubaisi Porsche 2m08.212s 6
78 GTE Am Yutaka Yamagishi Chevrolet 2m08.818s 10
79 GTE Pro Marco Sorensen Aston Martin 2m10.397s 14
80 GTE Am Paul Dalla Lana Aston Martin 2m10.433s 10
81 GTE Am Pedro Lamy Aston Martin 2m10.816s 10
82 GTE Am Mike Wainwright Porsche 2m12.209s 17
83 GTE Pro Stefan Mucke Ford 2m13.231s 13
84 GTE Am Wolf Henzler Porsche 2m15.259s 4
85 GTE Pro Andy Priaulx Ford 2m15.389s 8
86 GTE Am Adam Carroll Porsche 2m15.675s 9


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