WEC Shanghai: #1 Porsche leads Audi in free practice

Porsche led the way in the opening sessions of free practice for Sunday's penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship in Shanghai

WEC Shanghai: #1 Porsche leads Audi in free practice

The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid topped the times in each of the 90-minute practice periods with Brendon Hartley driving.

The Kiwi was just a couple of tenths faster than nearest rival Lucas di Grassi in the #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the first session, before setting a 1m44.594s in the afternoon to end up 1.6s clear of same car with Loic Duval at the wheel.

Duval's time of 1m46.211s stood as the second best of the opening day of the Shanghai event.

Marc Lieb was third fastest with an afternoon time of 1m46.264s in the #2 Porsche, which lost running in the morning with a change of hybrid-system battery.

Anthony Davidson ended up fourth in the best of the Toyota TS050 HYBRIDs on 1m46.812s.

The second Audi with Benoit Treluyer driving took fifth ahead of the second Toyota in which Kamui Kobayashi set the car's best time in the morning.

The ByKolles team outpaced privateer LMP1 rival Rebellion Racing, Pierre Kaffer's 1m51.911s aboard the CLM-AER P1/01 putting him over half a second clear of Alexandre Imperatori

The G-Drive Racing ORECA-Nissan 05 was quickest in LMP2 in both sessions.

Will Stevens ended up with the fastest P2 time of the day with a 1m54.627s, which put him two tenths up on the best of the Manor ORECAs with Alex Lynn driving and a further two tenths up on Mathias Beche in the team's second car.

The two AF Corse Ferraris were quickest in GTE Pro with Gianmaria Bruni and Davide Rigon driving.

Bruni's 2m02.481s in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE put him three tenths up on his team-mate.

Olivier Pla was third fastest in class in the best of the Ganassi Ford GTs, which was over a second shy of best Ferrari time.

David Heinemeier Hansson topped the GTE Am ranks for the Proton Porsche squad.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m46.781s 35
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 0.198s 38
3 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.664s 39
4 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.851s 39
5 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1.046s 14
6 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1.657s 10
7 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 5.298s 33
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 6.375s 30
9 LMP2 R.Rusinov, A.Brundle, W.Stevens G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 9.172s 34
10 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 9.327s 35
11 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani, M.Aleshin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 9.609s 37
12 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 9.755s 32
13 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, P-L.Chatin Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 10.108s 29
14 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 10.296s 29
15 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, A.Lynn Manor ORECA/Nissan 10.344s 31
16 LMP2 A.Giovinazzi, T.Blomqvist, S.Gelael Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 10.551s 38
17 LMP2 T.Graves, R.Gonzalez, M.Beche Manor ORECA/Nissan 11.033s 34
18 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 11.065s 29
19 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 16.971s 36
20 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 17.086s 31
21 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 17.129s 27
22 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 17.315s 32
23 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 17.327s 35
24 GTE Pro R.Stanaway, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 17.568s 34
25 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 17.706s 33
26 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 17.722s 35
27 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 18.794s 34
28 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 18.909s 36
29 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 19.320s 34
30 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 19.324s 35
31 GTE Am P.Ragues, R.Taylor, R.Brandela Larbre Competition Chevrolet 19.522s 33

FP2 TIMES

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m44.594s 33
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1.617s 42
3 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1.670s 44
4 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 2.218s 31
5 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 2.558s 35
6 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 3.266s 38
7 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 7.317s 16
8 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 7.944s 42
9 LMP2 R.Rusinov, A.Brundle, W.Stevens G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 10.033s 34
10 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, A.Lynn Manor ORECA/Nissan 10.262s 33
11 LMP2 T.Graves, R.Gonzalez, M.Beche Manor ORECA/Nissan 10.434s 37
12 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 10.672s 32
13 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 10.909s 36
14 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 11.133s 35
15 LMP2 A.Giovinazzi, T.Blomqvist, S.Gelael Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 11.375s 35
16 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani, M.Aleshin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 11.930s 37
17 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 11.936s 30
18 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, P-L.Chatin Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 12.803s 39
19 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 17.887s 33
20 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 18.147s 37
21 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 19.101s 21
22 GTE Pro R.Stanaway, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 19.289s 38
23 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 19.569s 37
24 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 19.724s 33
25 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 20.539s 31
26 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 20.834s 37
27 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 20.967s 36
28 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 21.004s 36
29 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 21.008s 30
30 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 22.296s 37
31 GTE Am P.Ragues, R.Taylor, R.Brandela Larbre Competition Chevrolet 23.007s 32

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