Toyota locks out top spots in Silverstone WEC second practice

Toyota blocked out the top two positions in second practice for this weekend's opening round of the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship at Silverstone

Toyota locks out top spots in Silverstone WEC second practice

Kamui Kobayashi ended up fastest in the #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID on a 1m36.847s lap set at the start of the 90-minute afternoon session.

Sebastien Buemi was eight tenths behind in the #8 Toyota with a 1m37.673s best.

Gustavo Menezes took third with a 1m37.876s in the #1 Rebellion-Gibson R-13 that topped the times in the morning session with Norman Nato at the wheel.

Kobayashi's time was eight tenths quicker than the best practice time from the Silverstone WEC round in 2018 and only four tenths slower than the fastest qualifying lap.

That reflects the new smoother, gripper Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit surface and comes in spite of a 54kg increase in minimum weight of the TS050s since this time last year.

Both Kobayashi and Buemi are understood to have set their times on simulated qualifying runs.

Loic Duval was fourth fastest in the second Rebellion Racing entry on a 1m38.687s effort.

The #5 works Team LNT Ginetta-AER G60-LT-P1 posted its first representative lap time of the weekend after suffering gear selection issues in the opening session.

Ben Hanley managed a 1m39.600s, which was just under three tenths up on the second car in which Oliver Jarvis posted the time.

Paul di Resta claimed the top spot in LMP2 aboard the United Autosports ORECA-Gibson 07 on a 1m43.059s.

That was just two hundredths quicker than Kenta Yamashita's 1m43.080s in the High Class Racing ORECA, which was on Goodyear tyres rather than the United car's Michelins.

The Danish High Class squad had to sit out the first 30 minutes of the session for violating WEC rules by testing at Silverstone within 10 days of the race.

Giedo van der Garde took third spot in the TDS Racing-run Racing Team Nederlands ORECA.

The two factory AF Corse Ferraris topped the times in GTE Pro until the closing minutes of the session when they were split by the best Porsche.

Alessandro Pier Guidi's 1m55.501s in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE stood as the fastest of the session, with Richard Lietz's factory 911 RSR less than two tenths behind on 1m55.665s.

Miguel Molina ended up third on a 1m55.907s in the second Ferrari.

The two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs took fifth and sixth positions in class behind the second of the factory Porsches.

Ross Gunn headed the GTE Am times in his works-run Aston.

Practice result

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m36.847s 31
2 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.826s 43
3 LMP1 B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.Nato Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1.029s 38
4 LMP1 N.Berthon, P.Derani, L.Duval Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1.840s 40
5 LMP1 C.Robertson, B.Hanley, E.Orudzhev Team LNT Ginetta/AER 2.753s 17
6 LMP1 M.Simpson, O.Jarvis, G.Smith Team LNT Ginetta/AER 3.047s 39
7 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 6.212s 30
8 LMP2 M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 6.233s 30
9 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, J.van Uitert Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 6.387s 44
10 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 6.502s 38
11 LMP2 T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 6.945s 27
12 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, A.Davidson, A.F.da Costa JOTA ORECA/Gibson 7.603s 42
13 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 7.987s 37
14 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 8.031s 41
15 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 18.654s 43
16 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz Porsche GT Team Porsche 18.818s 40
17 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari 19.060s 36
18 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 19.089s 43
19 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 19.129s 42
20 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 19.359s 34
21 GTE Am P.D.Lana, D.Turner, R.Gunn Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 19.616s 41
22 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 19.712s 44
23 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 19.744s 32
24 GTE Am E.Perfetti, D.Kolkmann, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 20.213s 37
25 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 20.229s 35
26 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 20.710s 37
27 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 20.830s 37
28 GTE Am B.Keating, F.Fraga, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 20.882s 36
29 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 20.917s 37
30 GTE Am T.Preining, G.Giraudi, R.Sanchez Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 21.103s 36
31 GTE Am C.Ried, M.Campbell, R.Pera Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 21.182s 26


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