Spa WEC: Rebellion faster than Toyota in final practice

Rebellion Racing led the way in third practice for the World Endurance Championship season-opener at Spa, beating the best of the Toyotas by less than a second

Spa WEC: Rebellion faster than Toyota in final practice

Neel Jani was at the wheel of the #1 Rebellion R-13-Gibson when he set the best time of the session, a 1m57.120s - 1.7 seconds quicker than his team managed on Thursday.

Toyota's TS050 Hybrids were slower than they were in second practice, with Mike Conway's best of 1m57.939s in the #7 car 0.819s down on Jani and 1.8s slower than his own practice two benchmark.

Rebellion had held a one-two until Conway set the #7 car's best time after taking over from Kamui Kobayashi, but Thomas Laurent's 1m58.124s was only good enough for third in the end.

The best of SMP Racing's Dallara-built, AER-powered, BR Engineering BR1s was fourth-fastest in the hands of ex-Toyota man Stephane Sarrazin, two tenths slower than the second Rebellion.

Kazuki Nakajima put the #8 Toyota fifth, 1.353s off the pace, with Thursday morning pacesetter Fernando Alonso only taking over the car for the final seven minutes of the hour-long session.

SMP Racing's second BR1, driven by Mikhail Aleshin, was sixth-fastest, ahead of Pietro Fittipaldi aboard the Gibson-powered DragonSpeed car and the ByKolles CLM P1/01-Nissan of Oliver Webb.

For the third session in succession, the two Manor Ginetta G60-LT-P1s completed just a single installation lap each, prompting uncertainty about the squad's participation in the event.

LMP2 was once again led by the DragonSpeed ORECA team, courtesy of a 2m02.281s best from ex-Formula 1 driver Pastor Maldonado.

Jean-Eric Vergne put G-Drive Racing's ORECA second, exactly two tenths slower, while Ho-Pin Tung was third fastest in the #37 Jota Sport-run Jackie Chan DC Racing entry.

Ford led the way in GTE Pro once again, with Andy Priaulx setting the pace with a 2m13.693s in the #67 Ganassi-run GT.

That was enough to beat the lead BMW M8 GTE of Tom Blomqvist by six tenths of a second. Olivier Pla in the #66 Ford was a further 0.024s back in third.

Porsche's pair of mid-engined 911 RSRs were fourth and fifth in class, ahead of the best of the Ferrari 488 GTEs, while the quicker of Aston Martin's pair of new Vantage GTEs was seventh.

Matt Campbell set the pace in GTE Am in the #77 Proton Competition car, less than two tenths clear of fellow Porsche junior driver Matteo Cairoli in the sister #88 entry.

FP3 times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m57.120s - 24
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m57.939s 0.819s 27
3 LMP1 M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m58.124s 1.004s 24
4 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev, M.Isaakyan SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 1m58.398s 1.278s 27
5 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m58.473s 1.353s 27
6 LMP1 M.Aleshin, V.Petrov SMP Racing BR Engineering/AER 1m59.147s 2.027s 22
7 LMP1 H.Hedman, B.Hanley, P.Fittipaldi DragonSpeed BR Engineering/Gibson 1m59.719s 2.599s 16
8 LMP1 O.Webb, D.Kraihamer, T.Dillmann ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/NISMO 2m01.341s 4.221s 6
9 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, N.Berthon DragonSpeed ORECA/Gibson 2m02.281s 5.161s 25
10 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J-E.Vergne, A.Pizzitola G-Drive Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m02.481s 5.361s 25
11 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.Richelmi Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m03.357s 6.237s 25
12 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 2m03.414s 6.294s 21
13 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.Duval TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m03.524s 6.404s 21
14 LMP2 J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.Jeffri Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2m03.544s 6.424s 25
15 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, J.Lammers Racing Team Nederland Dallara/Gibson 2m04.732s 7.612s 25
16 LMP2 E.Creed, R.Ricci, J.Canal Larbre Competition Ligier/Gibson 2m06.401s 9.281s 24
17 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell, T.Kanaan Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m13.693s 16.573s 21
18 GTE Pro T.Blomqvist, A.F.da Costa BMW Team MTEK BMW 2m14.225s 17.105s 24
19 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla, B.Johnson Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m14.249s 17.129s 24
20 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m14.363s 17.243s 22
21 GTE Pro R.Lietz, G.Bruni Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m14.367s 17.247s 24
22 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m14.568s 17.448s 22
23 GTE Am C.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 2m15.410s 18.290s 15
24 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m15.457s 18.337s 22
25 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 2m15.460s 18.340s 24
26 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, G.Roda, M.Cairoli Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 2m15.586s 18.466s 22
27 GTE Am S.Yoluc, E.Hankey, C.Eastwood TF Sport Aston Martin 2m15.778s 18.658s 23
28 GTE Pro M.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg BMW Team MTEK BMW 2m16.185s 19.065s 17
29 GTE Am J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti Team Project 1 Porsche 2m16.493s 19.373s 22
30 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 2m17.471s 20.351s 23
31 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever MR Racing Ferrari 2m17.545s 20.425s 22
32 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella Spirit of Race Ferrari 2m17.662s 20.542s 23
33 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m17.688s 20.568s 21
34 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.Davison Gulf Racing Porsche 2m18.363s 21.243s 24
35 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m18.493s 21.373s 24
36 LMP1 C.Robertson, D.Stoneman CEFC TRSM Racing Ginetta/Mecachrome - - 1
37 LMP1 O.Rowland, A.Brundle, O.Turvey CEFC TRSM Racing Ginetta/Mecachrome - - 1

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