Audi emerged quickest from recent Le Mans winners Porsche in day two of the open test at the Nurburgring, venue for the fourth round of the FIA WEC in one months’ time.
The No. 9 Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer , Lucas Di Grassi and Loic Duval topped the timing screens with a 1:37.458 lap time. This was set in a period of dry running this afternoon after a large part of the test, including most of Monday, was conducted in wet and damp conditions as most of Northern Europe experienced inclement weather.
Audi ran the same Le Mans-spec car which has been confirmed to be the version of the R18 etron quattro which will complete the remainder of the 2015 FIA WEC season.
A plain black development Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb headed the sole Toyota TS 040 HYBRID which was put through its paces by Anthony Davidson, Alex Wurz and Sebastien Buemi as they attempt to find more pace after a so far disappointing season.
Motorsport.com understands that some of the LMP1 teams used the new Sentronics fuel flow system which was homologated by the FIA last month and is also being evaluated by F1 teams as revealed by Motorsport.com recently.
The second-generation sensor is believed to have a different mechanical and electronic set-up compared to its competitor – the Gill sensor, with a unique flow-path that is aimed at making it as consistent and reliable as possible.
The local ByKolles team ran regulars Pierre Kaffer and Simon Trummer in its AER powered CLM chassis. The pair was joined today by GP2 refugee Rene Binder.
Strakka leads LMP2 times in ‘new’ Gibson
Strakka Racing made a public debut of its new ex-Greaves Motorsport Gibson chassis with Danny Watts, Jonny Kane and Nick Leventis turning laps. Kane set a best time of 1m45.123s which led the rest of the LMP2 runners by just over a second.
"It has been a successful test, getting to grips with the car and trying multiple setup options to see what it is sensitive to,” said Strakka team principal Dan Walmsley. “It's only a test and everyone runs their own programme, so times on test days don’t mean too much but nonetheless it’s a good feeling to be back at the sharp end.”
Le Mans victors KCMG, as well as G-Drive Racing, Tequlia Patron ESM and Team SARD-Morand were also in action over the last two days.
Heading the LMGTE Pro times were Porsche Team Manthey who ended the test 1-2. The No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR was the quickest GTE-Am entry with Patrick Dempsey taking the opportunity to further learn the track ahead of the race on August 30.
A special Dunlop entered Ferrari 458 Italia also frequented the test with Daniel Serra and Rob Bell undertaking additional test laps for the tyre manufacturer.