WEC Fuji: Webber's Porsche finishes Friday practice on top

Porsche topped the times in the opening practice sessions for Sunday's World Endurance Championship round at Fuji

WEC Fuji: Webber's Porsche finishes Friday practice on top

Mark Webber, who announced on Thursday that he will retire at the end of the season, ended up fastest after the two Friday sessions with a 1m24.074s set during the second 90-minute period.

The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid finished the day nearly nine tenths up on the second-placed Audi in the hands of Oliver Jarvis.

Jarvis's 1m24.868s was just a tenth up on Andre Lotterer's best in the second of the Audi R18 e-tron quattros in which Marcel Fassler had set the pace in the morning session.

The #7 Audi was involved in an incident at the beginning of the session with Lotterer driving, which resulted in damage to the car's nose.

Marc Lieb took fourth spot in the #2 Porsche with a 1m25.078s set in the second session

The two Toyota TS050 HYBRIDS were fifth and sixth on the combined timesheets.

A 1m25.556s from Kamui Kobayashi that put him second in morning stood as Toyota's best time of the day.

The Japanese driver stopped on track at the end of the session with a suspected hybrid problem.

The RGR Sport squad led the way in LMP2 with a 1m31.909s from Filipe Albuquerque aboard the #43 Ligier-Nissan JSP2.

That put him eight tenths up on the G-Drive ORECA-Nissan 05, which ended up on a 1m32.742s set by Alex Brundle.

Ford was quickest in GTE Pro in both sessions, the #66 car with Stefan Mucke at the wheel ending up fastest with a 1m38.743s set in second practice.

Gianmaria Bruni jumped to second at the end of the afternoon period aboard the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with a 1m38.935s to move within two tenths of the Ford.

Davide Rigon was just under a tenth further back in third position in the second of the factory AF Ferraris.

Harry Tincknell took fourth in the second of the two Ganassi Ford GTs, in which Andy Priaulx had set the pace in opening practice.

The two works Aston Martin Vantage GTEs, which have been hit by a double performance penalty for this race, took fifth and sixth positions with Marco Sorensen and Richie Stanaway driving.

Pedro Lamy finished the day quickest in GTE Am for Aston Martin.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m25.030s 38
2 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.526s 35
3 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 0.808s 42
4 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.855s 39
5 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 0.932s 18
6 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1.067s 44
7 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 5.887s 36
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 6.519s 31
9 LMP2 R.Rusinov, A.Brundle, W.Stevens G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 8.174s 42
10 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 8.445s 41
11 LMP2 J.Kane, L.Williamson Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 8.456s 37
12 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 8.497s 34
13 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, R.Merhi Manor ORECA/Nissan 8.646s 33
14 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 9.039s 39
15 LMP2 A.Giovinazzi, G.van der Garde, S.Gelael Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 9.220s 46
16 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, P-L.Chatin Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 9.286s 44
17 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 9.366s 40
18 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani, M.Aleshin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 9.473s 37
19 LMP2 T.Graves, A.Lynn, S.Nakano Manor ORECA/Nissan 9.788s 19
20 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 14.186s 40
21 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 14.515s 40
22 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 14.667s 42
23 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 14.686s 39
24 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 14.713s 43
25 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 15.146s 45
26 GTE Pro R.Stanaway, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 15.560s 43
27 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 15.745s 43
28 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 15.905s 44
29 GTE Am Y.Yamagishi, P.Ragues, R.Taylor Larbre Competition Chevrolet 16.257s 41
30 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 16.262s 42
31 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 16.428s 43
32 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 16.765s 42

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m24.074s 51
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 0.894s 52
3 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 0.926s 32
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1.004s 46
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1.583s 43
6 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1.628s 40
7 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 5.579s 46
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 6.441s 40
9 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 7.835s 41
10 LMP2 R.Rusinov, A.Brundle, W.Stevens G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 8.668s 45
11 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, R.Merhi Manor ORECA/Nissan 8.673s 45
12 LMP2 J.Kane, L.Williamson Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 8.874s 42
13 LMP2 A.Giovinazzi, G.van der Garde, S.Gelael Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 8.897s 27
14 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, P-L.Chatin Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 9.002s 45
15 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 9.200s 44
16 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 9.290s 39
17 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 9.319s 44
18 LMP2 T.Graves, A.Lynn, S.Nakano Manor ORECA/Nissan 9.601s 41
19 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani, M.Aleshin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 9.932s 37
20 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 14.669s 39
21 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 14.861s 40
22 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 14.938s 42
23 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 15.145s 45
24 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 15.473s 46
25 GTE Pro R.Stanaway, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 15.474s 46
26 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 15.503s 35
27 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 16.038s 42
28 GTE Am Y.Yamagishi, P.Ragues, R.Taylor Larbre Competition Chevrolet 16.327s 43
29 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 16.340s 39
30 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 17.050s 37
31 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 17.212s 45
32 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 17.340s 42


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