Silverstone WEC: Hartley flyer displays Porsche’s true pace
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.
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
|1||Mark Webber |
|Porsche 919 Hybrid '16||1:39.655||1:39.655|
|2||Marc Lieb |
|Porsche 919 Hybrid '16||1:41.344||+1.689|
|3||Loic Duval |
Lucas di Grassi
|Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro '16||1:41.454||+1.799|
|4||Kamui Kobayashi |
|Toyota TS050 HYBRID||1:41.523||+1.868|
|5||Andre Lotterer |
|Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro '16||1:41.678||+2.023|
|6||Anthony Davidson |
|Toyota TS050 HYBRID||1:42.963||+3.308|
|7||Alexandre Imperatori |
|8||Nelson Piquet Jr. |
|9||James Rossiter |
|10||Jonny Kane |
|11||Tor Graves |
|12||Nicolas Lapierre |
|13||Roberto Merhi |
|14||Ryan Dalziel |
|Ligier JS P2||1:50.026||+10.371|
|15||Roman Rusinov |
|16||Ricardo Gonzalez |
|Ligier JS P2||1:50.712||+11.057|
|17||Vitaly Petrov |
|BR Engineering BR01||1:51.946||+12.291|
|18||Scott Sharp |
Johannes van Overbeek
|Ligier JS P2||1:52.082||+12.427|
|19||Nelson Panciatici |
|20||Nicolas Minassian |
|BR Engineering BR01||1:52.680||+13.025|
|21||Gianmaria Bruni |
|Ferrari 488 GTE||2:00.107||+20.452|
|22||Davide Rigon |
|Ferrari 488 GTE||2:00.306||+20.651|
|23||Richard Lietz |
Michael E. Christensen
|Porsche 911 RSR||2:01.314||+21.659|
|24||Mike Wainwright |
|Porsche 911 RSR||2:02.081||+22.426|
|25||Richie Stanaway |
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||2:02.525||+22.870|
|26||Billy Johnson |
|Ford GT '16||2:02.775||+23.120|
|27||Pedro Lamy |
Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||2:02.788||+23.133|
|28||Paolo Ruberti |
|Chevrolet Corvette C7 GT3||2:02.911||+23.256|
|29||Khaled Al Qubaisi |
David Heinemeier Hansson
|Porsche 911 RSR||2:03.005||+23.350|
|30||Andy Priaulx |
|Ford GT '16||2:03.075||+23.420|
|31||Emmanuel Collard |
|Ferrari F458 Italia||2:03.229||+23.574|
|32||Nicki Thiim |
|Aston Martin Vantage V8||2:03.253||+23.598|
|33||Christian Ried |
|Porsche 911 RSR||2:03.392||+23.737|
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About this article
|Drivers||Stéphane Sarrazin , Benoit Tréluyer , Romain Dumas , Kamui Kobayashi , Brendon Hartley|
|Teams||Team Joest , Porsche Team Shop Now , Gazoo Racing|
|Article type||Practice report|