Nurburgring WEC: Porsche takes 1-2 in opening practice
Porsche led the way in first practice for this weekend's WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring, as Marc Lieb edged Brendon Hartley to take the top spot for the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning #2 car.
Lieb, who shares the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid with Romain Dumas and Neel Jani, set a best time of 1m41.703s with 18 minutes to go in a session that was extended by 20 minutes due to a lengthy red flag period early on.
Shortly after Nicolas Lapierre caused a full-course yellow as he went into the gravel at Turn 1 in the #36 Signatech Alpine, the session was stopped as race control's messaging system with the teams failed.
At that stage, Marcel Fassler had set the benchmark in the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, although once the session resumed, Lucas di Grassi in the sister #8 Audi soon took control with a succession of hot laps.
By the halfway mark, the Brazilian led the way on a 1m42.326s, and with 30 minutes remaining, Loic Duval lowered the bar to a 1m42.154s.
Porsche ended Audi's reign in P1 a short time after, as Timo Bernhard posted a 1m41.967s in the #1 car, which in turn was soon beaten by Lieb's session-topping effort. Hartley made a late challenge for the top spot, but fell 0.047s short.
Behind the Porsches, Audi occupied third and fourth spots, a last-ditch time of 1m41.903s by Andre Lotterer putting the #7 car clear of the #8, which was fourth with Duval at the wheel.
Toyota's pair of TS050 Hybrids completed the top six, with Sebastien Buemi putting the #5 car fifth, 0.890s off the pace, ahead of Mike Conway in the #6 machine a further second back.
Rebellion Racing's #13 car led the LMP1-L charge in seventh overall, but lapped 6.657s slower than the best of the hybrid machines.
G-Drive, Ferrari top classes
The LMP2 class was topped by the #26 G-Drive Oreca 05-Nissan, as new recruit Alex Brundle posted a best time of 1m50.748s in the closing stages.
That was enough to beat the #44 Manor Oreca by almost seven tenths, while the #42 Strakka Gibson was third quickest, only 0.033s slower.
James Calado meanwhile left it late to set the best time in the GTE Pro class, a 1m58.402s, putting the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 two tenths up on the #97 Aston Martin Vantage.
Ford, despite running with the same Balance of Performance as it did at Le Mans, could do no better than fifth and sixth with its pair of GT machines, behind the respective second Aston and Ferrari entries.
In GTE-Am, the #99 Aston Martin Vantage set the pace, with Pedro Lamy setting the pace on a 1m59.949s.
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|1||2|| Romain Dumas |
|Porsche 919 Hybrid||LMP1||1'41.703|
|2||1|| Mark Webber |
|Porsche 919 Hybrid||LMP1||1'41.750||0.047|
|3||7|| Andre Lotterer |
|4||8|| Lucas di Grassi |
|5||5|| Anthony Davidson |
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'42.593||0.890|
|6||6|| Stéphane Sarrazin |
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'43.635||1.932|
|7||13|| Alexandre Imperatori |
|8||12|| Nick Heidfeld |
|9||4|| Simon Trummer |
|10||26|| Roman Rusinov |
|11||44|| Antonio Pizzonia |
|12||42|| Nick Leventis |
|13||31|| Pipo Derani |
|Ligier JS P2||LMP2||1'51.669||9.966|
|14||45|| Roberto Merhi |
|15||43|| Bruno Senna |
|Ligier JS P2||LMP2||1'52.471||10.768|
|16||37|| Vitaly Petrov |
|17||35|| Nelson Panciatici |
|18||27|| Maurizio Mediani |
|19||30|| Scott Sharp |
Johannes van Overbeek
|Ligier JS P2||LMP2||1'53.983||12.280|
|20||51|| Gianmaria Bruni |
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE PRO||1'58.402||16.699|
|21||97|| Darren Turner |
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||LMGTE PRO||1'58.601||16.898|
|22||95|| Marco Sorensen |
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||LMGTE PRO||1'58.982||17.279|
|23||71|| Sam Bird |
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE PRO||1'59.498||17.795|
|24||66|| Stefan Mücke |
|Ford GT||LMGTE PRO||1'59.560||17.857|
|25||67|| Harry Tincknell |
|Ford GT||LMGTE PRO||1'59.784||18.081|
|26||98|| Pedro Lamy |
Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||LMGTE AM||1'59.949||18.246|
|27||77|| Richard Lietz |
|Porsche 911 RSR (2016)||LMGTE PRO||2'00.483||18.780|
|28||50|| Paolo Ruberti |
|Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06||LMGTE AM||2'00.755||19.052|
|29||83|| François Perrodo |
|Ferrari F458 Italia||LMGTE AM||2'00.890||19.187|
|30||88|| David Heinemeier Hansson |
Khaled Al Qubaisi
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'01.369||19.666|
|31||78|| Christian Ried |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'01.487||19.784|
|32||86|| Michael Wainwright |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'01.509||19.806|
|33||36|| Nicolas Lapierre |
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