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Practice report

WEC Imola: Ye fastest to lead Ferrari 1-2 in practice

Ferrari factory driver Yifei Ye topped the times in the opening practice session for this weekend's Imola round of the World Endurance Championship.

#83 AF Corse Ferrari 499P: Robert Kubica, Robert Shwartzman, Yifei Ye

Photo by: Emanuele Clivati | AG Photo

Ye went fastest half an hour into the first 90-minute session with a 1m31.347s aboard the customer AF Corse-run 499P Le Mans Hypercar to push the best of the works Ferraris with Antonio Fuoco at the wheel down to second position.

Fuoco ended up on 1m31.503s, which gave him a margin of nearly half a second over the first non-Ferrari, the Peugeot 2024 LMH driven by Mikkel Jensen that finished on 1m31.964s.

Lamborghini took fourth place with Mirko Bortolotti aboard the solo Iron Lynx Lamborghini SC63 LMDh.

The Italian's 1m32.015s briefly put him at the top of the times during the opening minutes of the first practice period.

The second factory Ferrari 499P took fifth place on a 1m32.065s from Antonio Giovinazzi.

A late improvement from Julien Andlauer propelled the Proton Competition team's customer Porsche 963 LMDh into sixth position ahead of the two factory cars.

The Frenchman's 1m32.253s gave him a margin of just eight thousandths over Matt Campbell's 1m32.261s in the first of the Penske Porsche Motorsport entries.

Kevin Estre was less than two tenths behind in eighth in the second PPM 963 with a best lap of 1m32.426s.

The pair of Toyota GR010 HYBRID LMHs ended up ninth and 10th in the times, a 1m32.505s from Nyck de Vries giving him a margin of two tenths over Sebastien Buemi's 1m32.739s in the sister car.

#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 - Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Nyck de Vries

#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 - Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Nyck de Vries

Photo by: Emanuele Clivati | AG Photo

Callum Ilott ended up just outside the top 10 in the Jota Porsche that took the runner-up spot in last month's Qatar 1812 km WEC season-opener.

He narrowly edged out Rene Rast in the best of the WRT BMW M Hybrid LMDhs.

Matthieu Vaxiviere ended up 15th in the best of the Alpine A424 LMDhs with a time just under two seconds off the pace.

The TF Sport Chevrolet squad led the way in LMGT3 with its pair of Corvette Z06.R GT3s.

Daniel Juncadella's 1m42.113s set early in the session gave him a clear margin over team-mate Charlie Eastwood in the sister car, which lapped in 1m42.719s.

Davide Rigon was third in class in the fastest of the AF Corse Ferrari 296 GT3s with a 1m42.971s, which was just over a hundredth up on the best of the WRT BMW M4 GT3s in which Maxime Martin posted a 1m42.988s.

Alessio Rovera and Augusto Farfus took fifth and sixth respectively in the second cars from AF Corse and WRT.

Porsche took seventh position with the Manthey-run 911 GT3 R driven by Morris Schuring.

Aston Martin, Lexus and McLaren filled out the top 10 in LMGT3.

Second practice for Sunday's Imola 6 Hours begins at 17:15 local time.

WEC Imola FP1 Results

   
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Cla Team # Drivers Car Laps Time Interval km/h
1
AF Corse HYPERCAR
83 Poland R. Kubica Israel R. Shwartzman China Y. Yifei Ferrari 499P 50

1'31.347

  193.464
2
FERRARI AF CORSE HYPERCAR
50 Italy A. Fuoco Spain M. Molina Denmark N. Nielsen Ferrari 499P 49

+0.156

1'31.503

0.156 193.134
3
PEUGEOT TOTALENERGIES HYPERCAR
93 Denmark M. Jensen Switzerland N. Müller France J. Vergne Peugeot 9X8 2024 39

+0.617

1'31.964

0.461 192.166
4
Lamborghini Iron Lynx HYPERCAR
63 Italy M. Bortolotti Switzerland E. Mortara Russian Federation D. Kvyat Lamborghini SC63 44

+0.668

1'32.015

0.051 192.059
5
FERRARI AF CORSE HYPERCAR
51 Italy A. Pier Guidi United Kingdom J. Calado Italy A. Giovinazzi Ferrari 499P 45

+0.718

1'32.065

0.050 191.955
6
Proton Competition HYPERCAR
99 United Kingdom H. Tincknell Switzerland N. Jani France J. Andlauer Porsche 963 37

+0.906

1'32.253

0.188 191.564
7
PORSCHE PENSKE MOTORSPORT HYPERCAR
5 Australia M. Campbell Denmark M. Christensen France F. Makowiecki Porsche 963 38

+0.914

1'32.261

0.008 191.547
8
PORSCHE PENSKE MOTORSPORT HYPERCAR
6 France K. Estre Germany A. Lotterer Belgium L. Vanthoor Porsche 963 41

+1.079

1'32.426

0.165 191.205
9
Toyota Racing HYPERCAR
7 United Kingdom M. Conway Japan K. Kobayashi Netherlands N. de Vries Toyota GR010 - Hybrid 49

+1.158

1'32.505

0.079 191.042
10
Toyota Racing HYPERCAR
8 Switzerland S. Buemi New Zealand B. Hartley Japan R. Hirakawa Toyota GR010 - Hybrid 45

+1.392

1'32.739

0.234 190.560
11
HERTZ TEAM JOTA HYPERCAR
12 United Kingdom W. Stevens United Kingdom C. Ilott France N. Nato Porsche 963 43

+1.402

1'32.749

0.010 190.540
12
BMW M Team WRT HYPERCAR
20 South Africa S. Van Der Linde Netherlands R. Frijns Germany R. Rast BMW M Hybrid V8 41

+1.432

1'32.779

0.030 190.478
13
PEUGEOT TOTALENERGIES HYPERCAR
94 United Kingdom P. di Resta France L. Duval Belgium S. Vandoorne Peugeot 9X8 2024 45

+1.652

1'32.999

0.220 190.027
14
Isotta Fraschini HYPERCAR
11 Canada A. Serravalle
C. Bennett
France J. Vernay
Isotta Fraschini Tipo 6 Competizione LMH 42

+1.713

1'33.060

0.061 189.903
15
Alpine Endurance Team HYPERCAR
36 France N. Lapierre Germany M. Schumacher France M. Vaxiviere Alpine A424 39

+1.945

1'33.292

0.232 189.431
16
Alpine Endurance Team HYPERCAR
35 France P. Chatin France J. Gounon France C. Milesi Alpine A424 39

+2.112

1'33.459

0.167 189.092
17
CADILLAC RACING HYPERCAR
2 New Zealand E. Bamber United Kingdom A. Lynn Cadillac V-Series.R 36

+2.141

1'33.488

0.029 189.033
18
BMW M Team WRT HYPERCAR
15 Belgium D. Vanthoor Italy R. Marciello Germany M. Wittmann BMW M Hybrid V8 41

+2.224

1'33.571

0.083 188.866
19
HERTZ TEAM JOTA HYPERCAR
38 United Kingdom J. Button United Kingdom P. Hanson Denmark O. Rasmussen Porsche 963 4

+8.807

1'40.154

6.583 176.452
20
TF Sport LMGT3
82 Japan H. Koizumi
S. Baud
Spain D. Juncadella
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R 37

+10.766

1'42.113

1.959 173.067
21
TF Sport LMGT3
81 Belgium T. Van Rompuy Portugal R. Andrade Ireland C. Eastwood Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R 38

+11.372

1'42.719

0.606 172.046
22
Vista AF Corse LMGT3
54 Switzerland T. Flohr Italy F. Castellacci Italy D. Rigon Ferrari 296 GT3 42

+11.624

1'42.971

0.252 171.625
23
TEAM WRT LMGT3
46 United Kingdom A. Al Harthy Italy V. Rossi Belgium M. Martin BMW M4 GT3 37

+11.641

1'42.988

0.017 171.596
24
Vista AF Corse LMGT3
55 France F. Heriau France S. Mann Italy A. Rovera Ferrari 296 GT3 38

+11.741

1'43.088

0.100 171.430
25
TEAM WRT LMGT3
31
D. Leung
Indonesia S. Gelael Brazil A. Farfus
BMW M4 GT3 45

+11.766

1'43.113

0.025 171.388
26
Manthey EMA LMGT3
91
Y. Shahin
M. Schuring
Austria R. Lietz
Porsche 911 GT3 R 44

+12.151

1'43.498

0.385 170.751
27
Heart of Racing Team LMGT3
27 United Kingdom I. James Italy D. Mancinelli Spain A. Riberas Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 42

+12.293

1'43.640

0.142 170.517
28
AKKODIS ASP Team LMGT3
87 Japan T. Kimura
E. Masson
Argentina J. Lopez
Lexus RC F GT3 36

+12.363

1'43.710

0.070 170.402
29
United Autosports LMGT3
95 United Kingdom J. Caygill Chile N. Pino Japan M. Sato McLaren 720S GT3 Evo 38

+12.369

1'43.716

0.006 170.392
30
D'Station Racing LMGT3
777 France C. Mateu
E. Bastard
Denmark M. Sorensen
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 37

+12.423

1'43.770

0.054 170.303
31
IRON DAMES LMGT3
85 Belgium S. Bovy France D. Pin Denmark M. Gatting Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 38

+12.504

1'43.851

0.081 170.170
32
Manthey PureRxcing LMGT3
92
A. Malykhin
J. Sturm
Austria K. Bachler
Porsche 911 GT3 R 45

+12.524

1'43.871

0.020 170.137
33
IRON LYNX LMGT3
60 Italy C. Schiavoni Italy M. Cressoni
F. Perera
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo2 36

+12.533

1'43.880

0.009 170.123
34
Proton Competition LMGT3
77 United States R. Hardwick Canada Z. Robichon United Kingdom B. Barker Ford Mustang GT3 38

+12.670

1'44.017

0.137 169.899
35
United Autosports LMGT3
59 J. Cottingham N. Costa Switzerland G. Saucy McLaren 720S GT3 Evo 37

+12.805

1'44.152

0.135 169.678
36
Proton Competition LMGT3
88 Italy G. Roda
M. Pedersen
Norway D. Olsen
Ford Mustang GT3 34

+12.851

1'44.198

0.046 169.604
37
AKKODIS ASP Team LMGT3
78
A. Robin
Russian Federation T. Boguslavskiy South Africa K. van der Linde
Lexus RC F GT3 32

+13.150

1'44.497

0.299 169.118

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