Nurburgring WEC: Porsche stays on top in second practice

Porsche narrowly beat Audi in the second practice session for the WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring, as Mark Webber eclipsed Marcel Fassler by just 0.014s to keep the Weissach marque on top.

Nurburgring WEC: Porsche stays on top in second practice

Webber's benchmark time of 1m40.997s came early on in the 90-minute session, the Australian lapping seven tenths faster than the best time in first practice in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

It wasn't all plain sailing for the reigning champion squad however, as the #2 car - with Romain Dumas at the wheel - went into the barriers at Turn 1 after a brake disc failure.

The car had suffered visible damage to the floor as it was craned away, and did not re-emerge for the rest of the session.

An early effort of 1m41.011s by Marcel Fassler was good enough for the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro to finish second quickest, 0.125s clear of the sister #8 car piloted by Oliver Jarvis.

Toyota managed the fourth best time courtesy of Stephane Sarrazin in the #6 TS050 Hybrid, ahead of the stricken #2 Porsche and the #5 Toyota of Anthony Davidson.

The #13 Rebellion R-One was again the quickest of the LMP1-L contingent, 5.793s off the pace.

G-Drive Racing maintained its advantage at the head of the LMP2 pack, as Rene Rast set the benchmark time of 1m48.965s to go over a second clear of the opposition.

WEC newcomer Lewis Williamson put the #42 Strakka Gibson second, two tenths up on the #45 Manor Oreca of Roberto Merhi.

The #36 Signatech Alpine, having failed to set a time in first practice after the car's early off, was fourth fastest in the hands of Stephane Richelmi.

In GTE-Pro, Aston Martin's Darren Turner set the pace with a 1m56.908s in the #97 car, beating the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 of Gianmaria Bruni by 0.074s.

Ford again struggled to match the pace of the Aston Martins and Ferraris, ending up fifth and sixth in class, as was the case in first practice.

Emmanuel Collard set the quickest time in the GTE-Am class aboard the #83 AF Corse Ferrari with a best time of 1m59.200s.

Practice times:

Cla#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 1  Mark Webber 
 Timo Bernhard 
 Brendon Hartley 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'40.997  
2 7  Andre Lotterer 
 Marcel Fassler  
Audi R18 LMP1 1'41.011 0.014
3 8  Lucas di Grassi 
 Loic Duval 
 Oliver Jarvis 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'41.136 0.139
4 6  Stéphane Sarrazin 
 Kamui Kobayashi 
 Mike Conway 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'41.822 0.825
5 2  Romain Dumas 
 Neel Jani 
 Marc Lieb 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'41.943 0.946
6 5  Anthony Davidson 
 Kazuki Nakajima 
 Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'42.325 1.328
7 13  Alexandre Imperatori 
 Dominik Kraihamer 
 Matheo Tuscher 
Rebellion R-One LMP1 1'46.790 5.793
8 4  Simon Trummer 
 Oliver Webb 
 Pierre Kaffer 
CLM P1/01 LMP1 1'47.330 6.333
9 12  Nick Heidfeld 
 Nicolas Prost 
 Mathias Beche 
Rebellion R-One LMP1 1'47.610 6.613
10 26  Roman Rusinov 
 René Rast 
 Alex Brundle 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'48.965 7.968
11 42  Nick Leventis 
 Jonny Kane 
 Lewis Williamson 
Gibson 015S LMP2 1'50.031 9.034
12 45  Roberto Merhi 
 Richard Bradley 
 Matthew Rao 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'50.276 9.279
13 36  Nicolas Lapierre 
 Gustavo Menezes 
 Stéphane Richelmi 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'50.537 9.540
14 44  Antonio Pizzonia 
 Matthew Howson 
 Tor Graves 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'50.637 9.640
15 35  Nelson Panciatici 
 Ho-Pin Tung 
 David Cheng 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'50.844 9.847
16 43  Bruno Senna 
 Ricardo Gonzalez 
 Filipe Albuquerque 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'51.469 10.472
17 31  Pipo Derani 
 Ryan Dalziel 
 Chris Cumming 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'51.860 10.863
18 27  Maurizio Mediani 
 David Markozov 
 Nicolas Minassian 
BR01 LMP2 1'51.997 11.000
19 30  Scott Sharp 
 Ed Brown 
 Johannes van Overbeek 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'52.059 11.062
20 37  Vitaly Petrov 
 Viktor Shaytar 
 Kirill Ladygin 
BR01 LMP2 1'52.605 11.608
21 97  Darren Turner 
 Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 1'56.908 15.911
22 51  Gianmaria Bruni 
 James Calado 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'56.982 15.985
23 71  Sam Bird 
 Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'57.187 16.190
24 95  Marco Sorensen 
 Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 1'57.258 16.261
25 66  Stefan Mücke 
 Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'57.461 16.464
26 67  Harry Tincknell 
 Andy Priaulx 
 Marino Franchitti 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'58.539 17.542
27 77  Richard Lietz 
 Michael Christensen 
Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE PRO 1'58.923 17.926
28 83  François Perrodo 
 Emmanuel Collard 
 Rui Aguas 
Ferrari F458 Italia LMGTE AM 1'59.200 18.203
29 50  Paolo Ruberti 
 Pierre Ragues 
 Yutaka Yamagishi 
Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE AM 1'59.323 18.326
30 88  David Heinemeier Hansson
 Patrick Long 
 Khaled Al Qubaisi 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'59.574 18.577
31 98  Pedro Lamy 
 Paul Dalla Lana 
 Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 1'59.875 18.878
32 86  Michael Wainwright 
 Adam Carroll 
 Ben Barker 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'59.898 18.901
33 78  Christian Ried 
 Wolf Henzler 
 Joel Camathias 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'00.672 19.675
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