Nurburgring WEC: Audi shade Porsche in FP2

Audi's #7 car continued to head the timesheets after the second 90-minute free practice session at Nurburgring this afternoon.

Nurburgring WEC: Audi shade Porsche in FP2
#18 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb
#7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro: Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer
#17 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
#77 Dempsey Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR: Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Long, Marco Seefried
Pit stop practice
The Motorsport.com logo on the #31 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2
The Motorsport.com logo on the #31 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2
#91 Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR: Richard Lietz, Michael Christensen
Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer, Marcel Fassler, Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis, Audi Sport Team Joest
#31 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2: Ed Brown, Jon Fogarty, Johannes van Overbeek

Benoit Treluyer’s time of 1m37.862s, set in the final five minutes of the session, just eclipsed the benchmark of the #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Mark Webber.

Treluyer had recovered from a gravel excursion at Turn 1 and went on to overhaul Webber by just 0.059s.

The Audi and Porsche have looked closely matched around the 3.199-mile track, in spite of the former manufacturer getting what many are suggesting is a preferable break in fuel flow through the EoT (Equivalence of Technology) balancing, which has taken place between Le Mans and the fourth round of the WEC this weekend.

Neel Jani put the #18 Porsche in third place, while the second Audi R18 was fourth in the hands of Loic Duval.

However, the #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro suffered damage to its rear section when Lucas di Grassi hooked the inner kerb at the last right-hander in the final stages of the session and glanced the tyrewall.

Meanwhile, G-Drive Racing again topped the LMP2 times, although this time it was the #26 Ligier Nissan that led the way.

Sam Bird set a rapid 1m46.299s to lead the sister G-Drive car by 1.6s, while Strakka Racing completed the top three with sportscar veteran Jonny Kane lapping in 1m47.978s in the teams’ new ex-Greaves Gibson 015S-Nissan.

The LMGTE Pro class was led by the #99 Aston Martin, in the hands of Richie Stanaway. The Kiwi peaked with a 1m54.869s to lead the reigning champions AF Corse with their No.51 Ferrari 458 Italia.

The Le Mans winning SMP Racing Ferrari posted a late time of 1m56.238s, with Victor Shaytar setting the benchmark. The Russian-entered Ferrari was just under half a second clear of the LMGTE Am points leading #98 Aston Martin, crewed by Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy.

The final free practice session takes place tomorrow morning at 09.30 local time.

 Pos   Driver   Car   Time  Gap  Laps 
Marcel Fassler
Andre Lotterer
Benoît Treluyer
Audi 1'37.862   29
Timo Bernhard
Mark Webber
Brendon Hartley
Porsche 1'37.921 0.059 48
Romain Dumas
Neel Jani
Marc Lieb
Porsche 1'37.932 0.070 41
Lucas di Grassi
Loïc Duval
Oliver Jarvis
Audi 1'38.886 1.024 40
Alexander Wurz
Stephane Sarrazin
Mike Conway
Toyota 1'40.612 2.750 34
Anthony Davidson
Sébastien Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota 1'40.845 2.983 48
Nicolas Prost
Mathias Beche
Nick Heidfeld
Rebellion/AER 1'44.105 6.243 32
Alexandre Imperatori
Dominik Kraihamer
Daniel Abt
Rebellion/AER 1'44.943 7.081 17
Simon Trummer
Pierre Kaffer
CLM/AER 1'45.035 7.173 35
10  Roman Rusinov
Julien Canal
Sam Bird
Ligier/Nissan 1'46.299 8.437 39
11  Gustavo Yacamán
Luis Derani
Ricardo González
Ligier/Nissan 1'47.934 10.072 40
12  Nick Leventis
Danny Watts
Jonny Kane
Dome/Nissan 1'47.978 10.116 42
13  Pierre Ragues
Oliver Webb
Archie Hamilton
Morgan/SARD 1'47.987 10.125 41
14  Matt Howson
Richard Bradley
Nick Tandy
ORECA/Nissan 1'47.988 10.126 44
15  Ed Brown
Johannes van Overbeek
Jon Fogarty
Ligier/HPD 1'48.310 10.448 41
16  Nelson Panciatici
Paul-Loup Chatin
Vincent Capillaire
Alpine/Nissan 1'48.469 10.607 45
17  Scott Sharp
Ryan Dalziel
David Hansson
Ligier/HPD 1'48.839 10.977 30
18  Fernando Rees
Alex MacDowall
Richie Stanaway
Aston Martin 1'54.869 17.007 35
19  Gianmaria Bruni
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 1'54.907 17.045 42
20  Darren Turner
Stefan Mücke
Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin 1'55.134 17.272 39
21  Marco Sørensen
Christoffer Nygaard
Aston Martin 1'55.546 17.684 44
22  Richard Lietz
Michael Christensen
Porsche 1'55.863 18.001 33
23  Patrick Pilet
Frederic Makowiecki
Porsche 1'56.011 18.149 24
24  Viktor Shaitar
Andrea Bertolini
Aleksey Basov
Ferrari 1'56.238 18.376 37
25  Davide Rigon
James Calado
Ferrari 1'56.354 18.492 42
26  Paul Dalla Lana
Pedro Lamy
Mathias Lauda
Aston Martin 1'56.729 18.867 33
27  Gianluca Roda
Paolo Ruberti
Kristian Poulsen
Chevrolet 1'57.041 19.179 33
28  François Perrodo
Emmanuel Collard
Rui Águas
Ferrari 1'57.176 19.314 38
29  Christian Ried
Khaled Al Qubaisi
Earl Bamber
Porsche 1'57.240 19.378 32
30  Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Long
Marco Seefried
Porsche 1'57.297 19.435 37
31  Francesco Castellacci
Roald Goethe
Stuart Hall
Aston Martin 1'57.447 19.585 41

 

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