Mexico WEC: Lotterer tops FP1 for Porsche

Porsche topped the times in the opening session of free practice for this weekend's Mexico City round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Mexico WEC: Lotterer tops FP1 for Porsche
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
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#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
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#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
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Andre Lotterer set a 1m27.026s to improve on teammate Neel Jani's 1m27.652s in the closing minutes of a session that began on a wet circuit. 

That put the German six tenths up on the sister Porsche in which Earl Bamber subsequently posted a 1m27.675s. 

The best of the Toyotas was a shade over a second off the pace in the hands of Mike Conway, who improved to a 1m28.029s shortly before the chequered flag. 

That put him a second clear of Sebastien Buemi in the second Toyota.  

Alpine tops LMP2

Nicolas Lapierre was fastest in LMP2 in the Signatech Alpine squad's solo Oreca-Gibson 07 on a 1m34.556s set late in the session to eclipse team-mate Gustavo Menezes' 1m34.715s.

The #13 Rebellion Racing Oreca was second fastest on a 1m34.932s set by Mathias Beche.

Third fastest was the second of the Rebellion cars in which Bruno Senna recorded a 1m35.213s. 

Ferrari beats BoP changes in GTE

Ferrari was fastest in GTE despite a double hit under the automatic Balance of Performance rules in the form of a 5kg weight penalty and a decrease in turbo boost across its torque curve. 

The Italian marque's rivals have all been given performance breaks with a 2kg decrease in minimum weight and more power.

James Calado set a 1m41.10s in the #51 AF Corse factory Ferrari 488 GTE, which gave him a margin of seven hundredths over Frederic Makowiecki in the best of the Porsche 911 RSRs. 

Nicki Thiim was third fastest for Aston Martin in the best of the Vantage GTEs on a 1m41.297s.

Matteo Cairoli was fastest in GTE Am in the Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR.

Results:

Pos.#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 1 germany Andre Lotterer 
switzerland Neel Jani 
united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'27.026  
2 2 germany Timo Bernhard 
new_zealand Brendon Hartley 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'27.675 0.649
3 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi 
united_kingdom Mike Conway 
argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'28.029 1.003
4 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson 
japan Kazuki Nakajima 
switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'29.131 2.105
5 36 france Nicolas Lapierre 
brazil Andre Negrao 
united_states Gustavo Menezes 
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'34.556 7.530
6 13 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
switzerland Mathias Beche 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'34.932 7.906
7 31 brazil Bruno Senna 
france Julien Canal 
france Nicolas Prost 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'35.213 8.187
8 26 russia Roman Rusinov 
france Pierre Thiriet 
united_kingdom Alex Lynn 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'35.506 8.480
9 25 russia Vitaly Petrov 
switzerland Simon Trummer 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'35.687 8.661
10 24 france Jean-Eric Vergne 
united_kingdom Ben Hanley 
united_kingdom Matt Rao 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'35.774 8.748
11 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
china Ho-Pin Tung 
france Thomas Laurent 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'36.171 9.145
12 28 france François Perrodo 
france Emmanuel Collard 
france Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'36.191 9.165
13 37 china David Cheng 
france Tristan Gommendy 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'36.432 9.406
14 51 united_kingdom James Calado 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'41.101 14.075
15 91 austria Richard Lietz 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'41.177 14.151
16 95 denmark Marco Sorensen 
denmark Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'41.297 14.271
17 71 united_kingdom Sam Bird 
italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'41.322 14.296
18 92 denmark Michael Christensen 
france Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'41.413 14.387
19 66 germany Stefan Mücke 
france Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'41.716 14.690
20 67 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'41.943 14.917
21 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner 
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam 
brazil Daniel Serra 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'42.011 14.985
22 77 germany Christian Ried 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Marvin Dienst 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 1'42.469 15.443
23 86 united_kingdom Michael Wainwright 
united_kingdom Ben Barker 
australia Nick Foster Jr. 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 1'42.576 15.550
24 98 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'42.923 15.897
25 54 italy Francesco Castellacci 
spain Miguel Molina 
switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 1'43.127 16.101
26 61 ireland Matt Griffin 
singapore Mok Weng Sun 
japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 1'43.353 16.327
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