Shanghai WEC: Hartley flyer keeps Porsche on top in FP2

The #1 Porsche ended Friday practice for the WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai firmly in command, courtesy of a stunning lap from Brendon Hartley at the very start of the second session.

Having set the pace in the morning, Hartley pulled out a 1m44.594s out of the bag on his first flying lap in FP2, which proved enough to top a relatively uneventful session by a full 1.617s.

Loic Duval was responsible for the second-quickest time of the afternoon, the Frenchman setting a 1m46.211s in the #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro early on.

Recovering from a slow start to the day, Marc Lieb took the points-leading #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid to third, 1.670s behind the sister car but just 0.053s shy of compatriot Duval.

Toyota's best placed car was fourth, with Anthony Davidson setting the fastest lap for the #5 TS050 Hybrid with a 1m46.812s, 2.218s off the pace.

Completing the six LMP1-H machines were the #7 Audi, Marcel Fassler setting a time good enough for fifth quickest, ahead of Mike Conway in the #6 Toyota.

The #4 ByKolles machine beat the #13 Rebellion to top the two-car privateer LMP1 category, but not without causing a full-course yellow by stopping at the exit of the pitlane midway through the session.

G-Drive holds station in LMP2, Ferrari leads GTE

G-Drive stayed on top in the LMP2 fight, a late effort of 1m54.627s by Will Stevens putting the Russian-entered squad's #26 Oreca clear of the two Manor cars.

GP2 regular Alex Lynn put the #44 car second on a 1m54.856s, followed by Rebellion convert Mathias Beche in the #45 on a 1m55.028s.

The points-leading #36 Signatech Alpine was only fifth-fastest, one place behind its nearest championship rival, the #43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier.

In the GTE-Pro division, Ferrari took the top two spots, Gianmaria Bruni leading the way in the #51 car with a 2m02.481s - 0.260s on the sister #71 machine of Davide Rigon.

Ford provided the Italian marque's closest opposition, as Olivier Pla set a 2m03.695s to go third in the #66 car ahead of the two Aston Martins.

David Heinemeier Hansson's first flying lap meanwhile was sufficient for the #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Porsche to end top of the timesheets in GTE-Am.

Second practice times:

Cla#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 1  Mark Webber 
 Timo Bernhard 
 Brendon Hartley 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'44.594  
2 8  Lucas di Grassi 
 Loic Duval 
 Oliver Jarvis 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'46.211 1.617
3 2  Romain Dumas 
 Neel Jani 
 Marc Lieb 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'46.264 1.670
4 5  Anthony Davidson 
 Kazuki Nakajima 
 Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'46.812 2.218
5 7  Andre Lotterer 
 Marcel Fassler 
 Benoit Tréluyer 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'47.152 2.558
6 6  Stéphane Sarrazin 
 Kamui Kobayashi 
 Mike Conway 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'47.860 3.266
7 4  Simon Trummer 
 Oliver Webb 
 Pierre Kaffer 
CLM P1/01 LMP1 1'51.911 7.317
8 13  Alexandre Imperatori 
 Dominik Kraihamer 
 Matheo Tuscher 
Rebellion R-One LMP1 1'52.538 7.944
9 26  Will Stevens 
 Roman Rusinov 
 Alex Brundle 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'54.627 10.033
10 44  Richard Bradley 
 Matthew Rao 
 Alex Lynn 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'54.856 10.262
11 45  Mathias Beche 
 Tor Graves 
 Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'55.028 10.434
12 43  Bruno Senna 
 Ricardo Gonzalez 
 Filipe Albuquerque 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'55.266 10.672
13 36  Nicolas Lapierre 
 Gustavo Menezes 
 Stéphane Richelmi 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'55.503 10.909
14 31  Pipo Derani 
 Ryan Dalziel 
 Chris Cumming 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'55.727 11.133
15 30  Sean Gelael 
 Antonio Giovinazzi 
 Tom Blomqvist 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'55.969 11.375
16 27  Maurizio Mediani 
 Nicolas Minassian 
 Mikhail Aleshin 
BR01 LMP2 1'56.524 11.930
17 37  Vitaly Petrov 
 Viktor Shaytar 
 Kirill Ladygin 
BR01 LMP2 1'56.530 11.936
18 35  Paul-Loup Chatin 
 Ho-Pin Tung 
 David Cheng 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'57.397 12.803
19 51  Gianmaria Bruni 
 James Calado 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'02.481 17.887
20 71  Sam Bird 
 Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'02.741 18.147
21 66  Stefan Mücke 
 Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'03.695 19.101
22 97  Darren Turner 
 Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 2'03.883 19.289
23 95  Marco Sorensen 
 Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 2'04.163 19.569
24 67  Harry Tincknell 
 Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'04.318 19.724
25 77  Richard Lietz 
 Michael Christensen 
Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE PRO 2'05.133 20.539
26 88  David Heinemeier Hansson
 Patrick Long 
 Khaled Al Qubaisi 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'05.428 20.834
27 78  Christian Ried 
 Wolf Henzler 
 Joel Camathias 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'05.561 20.967
28 98  Pedro Lamy 
 Paul Dalla Lana 
 Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 2'05.598 21.004
29 86  Michael Wainwright 
 Adam Carroll 
 Ben Barker 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'05.602 21.008
30 83  François Perrodo 
 Emmanuel Collard 
 Rui Aguas 
Ferrari F458 Italia LMGTE AM 2'06.890 22.296
31 50  Pierre Ragues 
 Ricky Taylor 
 Romain Brandela 
Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE AM 2'07.601 23.007

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Series WEC
Event Shanghai
Track Shanghai International Circuit
Drivers Brendon Hartley
Teams Porsche Team
Article type Practice report