Silverstone WEC: Hartley flyer displays Porsche’s true pace

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Silverstone WEC: Hartley flyer displays Porsche’s true pace
Charles Bradley
By: Charles Bradley
Apr 15, 2016, 5:13 PM

Porsche’s Brendon Hartley dipped under last year’s pole time in second practice for the Silverstone WEC opener, but it wasn’t all good news for the German marque as the sister car suffered a brief off.

#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
#6 Toyota Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi
#6 Toyota Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi runs out
#6 Toyota Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi
#7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18: Marcel Fässler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer
#2 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb
#42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S - Nissan: Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane, Danny Watts
#42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S - Nissan: Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane, Danny Watts
#44 Manor Oreca 05 - Nissan: Tor Graves, Matthew Rao, Will Steves, James Jakes
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE: Gianmaria Bruni, James Calado

Despite a few drops of rain beforehand, the session started dry with the track soon inundated with cars as the skies were threatening with dark rain clouds.

Hartley was quickly into his groove, a 1m39.655s already under the 2015 pole time. His co-driver Mark Webber set a faster sector-three time later in the session but didn’t improve the time overall.

In the #2 car, Romain Dumas was warned about abusing track limits at Copse, recording the second-quickest time of 1m41.344s, some 1.6s off the Kiwi Hartley’s pace.

Then Marc Lieb suffered an off in the #2 car at Luffield, beaching the car in the gravel, which brought out a full course yellow.

In the battle for best of the rest, Loic Duval set the fastest first sector overall for Audi, on his way to a 1m41.454s, 1.799s off the pace – but only a tenth off the #2 Porsche.

That lap pushed back the Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi to fourth on 1m41.915s.

A rain shower five minutes before the end curtailed the quick times, with the Audi-Toyota symmetry repeated in positions five and six by the sister #7 Audi and #5 Toyota.

Rebellion led the way in the non-hybrid subclass over the ByKolles CLM.

Multi-team duel in LMP2

In LMP2, Pipo Dirani set the early pace for ESM on a 1m50.194s, already quicker than the class’s fastest morning time on his first run.

Gustavo Menezes took the top spot from him with a lap of 1m49.757s in the Signatech Alpine, but a flurry of late times in the final 30 minutes changed everything.

After ex-F1 racer Roberto Merhi went P2 with 1m49.994s for sportscar newcomers Manor, James Jakes then hit the front with a 1m49.696s in the sister car.

But Strakka Racing had the last laugh, as Jonny Kane set 1m49.632s to top the class in his Nissan-powered Gibson.

Ferrari rules the roost in GTE Pro

In GTE Pro, there was battle royal between the two AF Corse Ferrari 488s of Davide Rigon/Sam Bird and Gianmaria Bruni/James Calado.

Rigon set the ball rolling with a time of 2m01.917s, which was then topped by Bruni on 2m01.494s despite a warning for track limits.

Rigon closed the gap with 2m01.569s, and then took P1 on 2m01.069s.

Calado fought back with a 2m00.107s – almost a second clear of the sister car, before Rigon improved to a 2m00.313s, two tenths off, with Bird trimming off a few fractions on a 2m00.306s.

In GTE Am, the Gulf Racing Porsche led the way – although it suffered an off late in the session.

Silverstone FP2 times

PosDriverCarTimeGap
AustraliaMark Webber 
New ZealandBrendon Hartley 
GermanyTimo Bernhard 
Porsche 919 Hybrid '16  1:39.655  1:39.655 
GermanyMarc Lieb 
FranceRomain Dumas 
SwitzerlandNeel Jani 
Porsche 919 Hybrid '16  1:41.344  +1.689 
FranceLoic Duval 
United KingdomOliver Jarvis 
BrazilLucas di Grassi 
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro '16  1:41.454  +1.799 
JapanKamui Kobayashi 
United KingdomMike Conway 
FranceStéphane Sarrazin 
Toyota TS050 HYBRID  1:41.523  +1.868 
GermanyAndre Lotterer 
FranceBenoit Tréluyer 
SwitzerlandMarcel Fassler 
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro '16  1:41.678  +2.023 
United KingdomAnthony Davidson 
JapanKazuki Nakajima 
SwitzerlandSébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 HYBRID  1:42.963  +3.308 
SwitzerlandAlexandre Imperatori 
Mathéo Tuscher  
AustriaDominik Kraihamer 
Rebellion R-One  1:46.428  +6.773 
BrazilNelson Piquet Jr. 
GermanyNick Heidfeld 
FranceNicolas Prost 
Rebellion R-One  1:47.685  +8.030 
United KingdomJames Rossiter 
United KingdomOliver Webb 
SwitzerlandSimon Trummer 
CLM P1/01  1:48.590  +8.935 
10  United KingdomJonny Kane 
United KingdomNick Leventis 
United KingdomDanny Watts 
Gibson 015S  1:49.632  +9.977 
11  ThailandTor Graves 
United KingdomWill Stevens 
United KingdomJames Jakes 
ORECA 05  1:49.696  +10.041 
12  FranceNicolas Lapierre 
United StatesGustavo Menezes 
PolandStéphane Richelmi 
Alpine A460  1:49.757  +10.102 
13  SpainRoberto Merhi 
Matt Rao  
United KingdomRichard Bradley 
ORECA 05  1:49.994  +10.339 
14  United KingdomRyan Dalziel 
BrazilPipo Derani 
CanadaChris Cumming 
Ligier JS P2  1:50.026  +10.371 
15  RussiaRoman Rusinov 
GermanyRené Rast 
FranceNathanael Berthon 
ORECA 05  1:50.268  +10.613 
16  MexicoRicardo Gonzalez 
PortugalFilipe Albuquerque 
BrazilBruno Senna 
Ligier JS P2  1:50.712  +11.057 
17  RussiaVitaly Petrov 
RussiaKirill Ladygin 
RussiaViktor Shaytar 
BR Engineering BR01  1:51.946  +12.291 
18  United StatesScott Sharp 
United StatesEd Brown 
United StatesJohannes van Overbeek 
Ligier JS P2  1:52.082  +12.427 
19  FranceNelson Panciatici 
ChinaHo-Pin Tung 
ChinaDavid Cheng 
Alpine A460  1:52.305  +12.650 
20  FranceNicolas Minassian 
ItalyMaurizio Mediani 
BR Engineering BR01  1:52.680  +13.025 
21  ItalyGianmaria Bruni 
United KingdomJames Calado 
Ferrari 488 GTE  2:00.107  +20.452 
22  ItalyDavide Rigon 
United KingdomSam Bird 
Ferrari 488 GTE  2:00.306  +20.651 
23  AustriaRichard Lietz 
Michael E. Christensen  
Porsche 911 RSR  2:01.314  +21.659 
24  Mike Wainwright  
United KingdomAdam Carroll 
United KingdomBen Barker 
Porsche 911 RSR  2:02.081  +22.426 
25  AustraliaRichie Stanaway 
BrazilFernando Rees 
Aston Martin Vantage V8  2:02.525  +22.870 
26  United StatesBilly Johnson 
FranceOlivier Pla 
GermanyStefan Mücke 
Ford GT '16  2:02.775  +23.120 
27  PortugalPedro Lamy 
CanadaPaul Dalla Lana 
AustriaMathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8  2:02.788  +23.133 
28  ItalyPaolo Ruberti 
JapanYutaka Yamagishi 
FrancePierre Ragues 
Chevrolet Corvette C7 GT3  2:02.911  +23.256 
29  United Arab EmiratesKhaled Al Qubaisi 
DenmarkDavid Heinemeier Hansson
AustriaKlaus Bachler 
Porsche 911 RSR  2:03.005  +23.350 
30  United KingdomAndy Priaulx 
United KingdomMarino Franchitti 
United KingdomHarry Tincknell 
Ford GT '16  2:03.075  +23.420 
31  FranceEmmanuel Collard 
PortugalRui Aguas 
FranceFrançois Perrodo 
Ferrari F458 Italia  2:03.229  +23.574 
32  DenmarkNicki Thiim 
Marco Sørensen  
United KingdomDarren Turner 
Aston Martin Vantage V8  2:03.253  +23.598 
33  GermanyChristian Ried 
Joël Camathias  
GermanyWolf Henzler 
Porsche 911 RSR  2:03.392  +23.737 
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