WEC Shanghai: Conway heads Toyota 1-2 over Porsche in practice

Toyota went fastest in the two opening sessions of free practice ahead of Sunday's penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship in Shanghai

WEC Shanghai: Conway heads Toyota 1-2 over Porsche in practice

The #7 TS050 HYBRID topped the times with Mike Conway at the wheel in each of the 90-minute sessions, the Briton edging out the best of the Porsches in the opening period and the sister #8 Toyota in FP2.

Conway's fastest time of the day was a 1m44.741s posted early in session two, which represented an improvement of nearly 2.5 seconds on his mark set earlier in the day.

Anthony Davidson ended up second in the faster afternoon session with a 1m45.131s, while the quickest Porsche 919 Hybrid took third with a 1m45.269s from Brendon Hartley.

The sister Porsche was fourth on a 1m45.616s from Nick Tandy, who had earlier been second fastest in FP1.

The #13 Rebellion ORECA-Gibson 07 led the way in LMP2 in both sessions. Mathias Beche was fastest on a 1m52.533s in the opening period, before team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr improved by two seconds in the later session to end up on a 1m50.556s.

Thomas Laurent was less than a tenth behind with a 1m50.884s in the second session aboard the best of the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA-Gibsons.

The second Rebellion car ended up third, Julien Canal setting a best time of a 1m50.946s.

Ferrari and Ford shared out GTE Pro honours across the two sessions.

Stefan Mucke led the way in FP1 in the #66 Ganassi Ford GT with a 2m02.693s, before James Calado went seven tenths quicker in FP2 with a 2m01.913s at the wheel of the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE.

Porsche ended up with the second fastest time of the day, a 2m02.539s from Richard Lietz in the fastest of the two factory 911 RSRs.

Mucke's first-session mark put him third in the times from the day.

Matteo Cairoli was fastest in GTE Am for the Dempsey-Proton Porsche squad.

The opening practice session was delayed by an hour and a half courtesy of radio communication problems between race control and the marshals.

FP1 times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m47.182s - 35
2 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.Tandy Porsche LMP Team Porsche 1m47.414s 0.232s 35
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.Hartley Porsche LMP Team Porsche 1m47.637s 0.455s 34
4 LMP1 S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m47.929s 0.747s 36
5 LMP2 M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr. Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 1m52.533s 5.351s 36
6 LMP2 R.Rusinov, L.Roussel, N.Muller G-Drive Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m53.154s 5.972s 37
7 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.Petrov CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m53.330s 6.148s 33
8 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.Collard TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m53.528s 6.346s 21
9 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m53.561s 6.379s 33
10 LMP2 J.Canal, N.Prost, B.Senna Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 1m53.890s 6.708s 32
11 LMP2 N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.Negrao Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 1m54.031s 6.849s 34
12 LMP2 D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.Gommendy Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m54.196s 7.014s 36
13 LMP2 M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.Vergne CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m54.212s 7.030s 27
14 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m02.693s 15.511s 23
15 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m03.181s 15.999s 40
16 GTE Pro R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m03.191s 16.009s 30
17 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m03.404s 16.222s 29
18 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m03.405s 16.223s 30
19 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m03.474s 16.292s 32
20 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 2m03.642s 16.460s 35
21 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.017s 16.835s 34
22 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.Molina Spirit of Race Ferrari 2m04.789s 17.607s 35
23 GTE Am C.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.Dienst Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 2m05.165s 17.983s 32
24 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m05.556s 18.374s 39
25 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, B.Barker, N.Foster Gulf Racing Porsche 2m05.666s 18.484s 36
26 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 2m05.911s 18.729s 38

FP2 times

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m44.741s - 39
2 LMP1 S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m45.131s 0.390s 40
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.Hartley Porsche LMP Team Porsche 1m45.269s 0.528s 35
4 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.Tandy Porsche LMP Team Porsche 1m45.616s 0.875s 39
5 LMP2 M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr. Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 1m50.556s 5.815s 34
6 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m50.884s 6.143s 29
7 LMP2 J.Canal, N.Prost, B.Senna Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 1m50.946s 6.205s 35
8 LMP2 M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.Vergne CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m50.993s 6.252s 43
9 LMP2 N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.Negrao Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 1m51.003s 6.262s 42
10 LMP2 D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.Gommendy Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m51.410s 6.669s 38
11 LMP2 R.Rusinov, L.Roussel, N.Muller G-Drive Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m51.666s 6.925s 42
12 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.Petrov CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m52.096s 7.355s 39
13 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.Collard TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 1m52.234s 7.493s 40
14 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 2m01.913s 17.172s 27
15 GTE Pro R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m02.539s 17.798s 38
16 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m02.724s 17.983s 39
17 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m02.939s 18.198s 37
18 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 2m03.147s 18.406s 39
19 GTE Am C.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.Dienst Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 2m03.353s 18.612s 39
20 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m03.684s 18.943s 39
21 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m03.765s 19.024s 39
22 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 2m04.040s 19.299s 35
23 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, B.Barker, N.Foster Gulf Racing Porsche 2m04.117s 19.376s 35
24 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m04.269s 19.528s 39
25 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.293s 19.552s 28
26 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.Molina Spirit of Race Ferrari 2m04.602s 19.861s 36


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