Nurburgring WEC: Porsche takes 1-2 in opening practice

Nurburgring WEC: Porsche takes 1-2 in opening practice
Jul 22, 2016, 12:01 PM

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.

Check out our trackside video highlights...

Practice times:

1 2  Romain Dumas 
 Neel Jani 
 Marc Lieb 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'41.703  
2 1  Mark Webber 
 Timo Bernhard 
 Brendon Hartley 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'41.750 0.047
3 7  Andre Lotterer 
 Marcel Fassler 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'41.903 0.200
4 8  Lucas di Grassi 
 Loic Duval 
 Oliver Jarvis 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'42.154 0.451
5 5  Anthony Davidson 
 Kazuki Nakajima 
 Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'42.593 0.890
6 6  Stéphane Sarrazin 
 Kamui Kobayashi 
 Mike Conway 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'43.635 1.932
7 13  Alexandre Imperatori 
 Dominik Kraihamer 
 Matheo Tuscher 
Rebellion R-One LMP1 1'48.360 6.657
8 12  Nick Heidfeld 
 Nicolas Prost 
 Mathias Beche 
Rebellion R-One LMP1 1'48.364 6.661
9 4  Simon Trummer 
 Oliver Webb 
 Pierre Kaffer 
CLM P1/01 LMP1 1'48.984 7.281
10 26  Roman Rusinov 
 René Rast 
 Alex Brundle 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'50.748 9.045
11 44  Antonio Pizzonia 
 Matthew Howson 
 Tor Graves 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'51.436 9.733
12 42  Nick Leventis 
 Jonny Kane 
 Lewis Williamson 
Gibson 015S LMP2 1'51.469 9.766
13 31  Pipo Derani 
 Ryan Dalziel 
 Chris Cumming 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'51.669 9.966
14 45  Roberto Merhi 
 Richard Bradley 
 Matthew Rao 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'52.333 10.630
15 43  Bruno Senna 
 Ricardo Gonzalez 
 Filipe Albuquerque 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'52.471 10.768
16 37  Vitaly Petrov 
 Viktor Shaytar 
 Kirill Ladygin 
BR01 LMP2 1'52.647 10.944
17 35  Nelson Panciatici 
 Ho-Pin Tung 
 David Cheng 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'52.825 11.122
18 27  Maurizio Mediani 
 David Markozov 
 Nicolas Minassian 
BR01 LMP2 1'52.845 11.142
19 30  Scott Sharp 
 Ed Brown 
 Johannes van Overbeek 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'53.983 12.280
20 51  Gianmaria Bruni 
 James Calado 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'58.402 16.699
21 97  Darren Turner 
 Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 1'58.601 16.898
22 95  Marco Sorensen 
 Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 1'58.982 17.279
23 71  Sam Bird 
 Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'59.498 17.795
24 66  Stefan Mücke 
 Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'59.560 17.857
25 67  Harry Tincknell 
 Andy Priaulx 
 Marino Franchitti 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'59.784 18.081
26 98  Pedro Lamy 
 Paul Dalla Lana 
 Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 1'59.949 18.246
27 77  Richard Lietz 
 Michael Christensen 
Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE PRO 2'00.483 18.780
28 50  Paolo Ruberti 
 Pierre Ragues 
 Yutaka Yamagishi 
Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE AM 2'00.755 19.052
29 83  François Perrodo 
 Emmanuel Collard 
 Rui Aguas 
Ferrari F458 Italia LMGTE AM 2'00.890 19.187
30 88  David Heinemeier Hansson
 Patrick Long 
 Khaled Al Qubaisi 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'01.369 19.666
31 78  Christian Ried 
 Wolf Henzler 
 Joel Camathias 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'01.487 19.784
32 86  Michael Wainwright 
 Adam Carroll 
 Ben Barker 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'01.509 19.806
33 36  Nicolas Lapierre 
 Gustavo Menezes 
 Stéphane Richelmi 
Alpine A460 LMP2 2'32.739 51.036
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