WEC – Fuji: Porsche responds to Audi

By setting the best time in the second free practice session for the 6 Hours of Fuji, Porsche set the benchmark time for this first day. But Audi is very close.

Published on 09/10/2015 à 10:08

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WEC – Fuji: Porsche responds to Audi

1’24”460, this is the time set by the Porsche 919 Hybrid n°17 ​​of the trio Timo Bernhard-Brendon Hartley-Mark Webber during the second free practice session for the 6 Hours of Fuji, sixth round of the WEC. This is the new reference of this first day, this record erasing from the shelves the 1’24”497 from André Lotterer a few hours earlier. The 100% German duel between the false brothers of the VW group therefore keeps all its promises.

During this last session, the No. 18 Audi R7 e-tron quattro that André Lotterer shares with Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer finished second by just 0 seconds, just ahead of the second 383 Hybrid of Romain Dumas-Neel Jani-Marc Lieb, which is only 919”0 behind the reference mark. The two Toyota TS682 Hybrids are at 040”1 and 7”2, with the advantage going to No. 6.

In private LM P1 too, the fight promises to be interesting to follow, since the CLM P1/01-AER managed to get in between the two Rebellion R-Ones.

G-Drive intends, in LM P2, to continue its momentum. Winner of the 6 Hours of Austin in mid-September, the No. 2 Ligier JS P26 of Sam Bird-Julien Canal-Roman Rusinov completed its fastest lap in 1’32”131. This is 0” better than the second-placed No. 8 KCMG Oreca 05, driven by Richard Bradley, Nick Tandy and Matt Howson. As a reminder, the two cars are fighting in the general classification of the category with the Ligier n°47 of Derani-Gonzalez-Yacaman, third in the session, a breath away.

Ferrari took power in GTE Pro thanks to the 458 Italia n°51 of Gianmaria Bruni-Toni Vilander, credited with a best time of 1’39’922. The leading trio is completed by the sister car of James Calado-Davide Rigon and theAston Martin n°95 of Nygaard-Sorensen, which is ahead of the two Porsche 911 RSRs.

Finally, in GTE Am, the new benchmark goes to the #96 Aston Martin Vantage of Francesco Castellacci-Liam Griffin-Stuart Hall, in 1’40”706. The British beauty preceded the Larbre Compétition Corvette C7.R of Roda-Ruberti-Sylvest, best time this morning, and the No. 911 Porsche 77 RSR of Dempsey-Long-Seefried.

Tomorrow, the third free practice session will be held at 2:50 a.m. (French time). Qualifying will begin at 6:40 a.m.

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