Silverstone WEC: Toyota extends gap to privateers in FP2

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Silverstone WEC: Toyota extends gap to privateers in FP2
By: Gary Watkins
Aug 17, 2018, 5:30 PM

Toyota extended its gap at the front of the field in second free practice for this weekend's Silverstone FIA World Endurance Championship round.

The #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, this time with Jose Maria Lopez at the wheel, beat the sister car by 1.3 seconds and ended up 1.6s clear of the fastest privateer. 

Lopez posted a 1m38.536s early in the 90-minute practice period, which compared with Kazuki Nakajima's session best of 1m38.893s.

The fastest of the LMP1 privateers was the #17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1. 

Egor Orudzhev recorded a 1m40.179s in the AER-powered car, which later stopped on-track with an electronics issue, to end up more than a second ahead of the next best privateer, the #3 Rebellion-Gibson R-13.

Thomas Laurent's 1m41.369s was four tenths down on the first session best from the car in the hands of Gustavo Menezes. 

The second of the SMP entries took fifth with Vitaly Petrov ahead of Ben Hanley in DragonSpeed's Gibson-engined BR1.

The #1 Rebellion, in which Bruno Senna suffered a fractured ankle after crashing in the opening session, did not run as it continued to undergo repairs. 

The ByKolles ENSO CLM-Nissan P1/01 also didn't take to the track after suffering an oil leak in first practice.

The Jota-run Jackie Chan DC Racing squad topped the LMP2 class times, as Gabriel Aubry ended up fastest in the team's #38 Oreca 07 with a 1m45.311s. 

The Signatech Alpine Oreca took second with a 1m45.751s from Nicolas Lapierre, which just edged out Matthieu Vaxiviere's 1m45.818s in the TDS entry. 

Ford returned to the top of the GTE Pro times in the closing minutes of the session courtesy of 1m56.898s from Harry Tincknell.

That vaulted him ahead of the two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs, which had headed the times in the middle of the session first with Marco Sorensen and then Alex Lynn.

Lynn ended up second in the 1m57.026s, while Stefan Mucke jumped to third with a 1m57.182s in the second Ford. 

Andy Priaulx and Olivier Pla led the times initially in the two Ganassi-run Ford GTs.

Ferrari led the chasing pack courtesy of a 1m58.190s from James Calado as the Italian manufacturer and Porsche filled out the next four positions in class.

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

Second practice times:

Pos. # Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1 7 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 
United Kingdom Mike Conway 
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'38.536  
2 8 Spain Fernando Alonso 
Japan Kazuki Nakajima 
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'39.893 1.357
3 17 France Stéphane Sarrazin 
Russian Federation Egor Orudzhev 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 1'40.179 1.643
4 3 Switzerland Mathias Beche 
France Thomas Laurent 
United States Gustavo Menezes 
Rebellion R13 LMP1 1'41.369 2.833
5 11 United Kingdom Jenson Button 
Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov 
Russian Federation Mikhail Aleshin 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 1'41.587 3.051
6 10 Sweden Henrik Hedman 
Netherlands Renger van der Zande 
United Kingdom Ben Hanley 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 1'43.449 4.913
7 38 China Ho-Pin Tung 
Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 
France Gabriel Aubry 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'45.311 6.775
8 36 France Nicolas Lapierre 
France Pierre Thiriet 
Brazil Andre Negrao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'45.751 7.215
9 28 France Loic Duval 
France François Perrodo 
France Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'45.818 7.282
10 37 Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 
Malaysia Weiron Tan 
Malaysia Jazeman Jaafar 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.074 7.538
11 31 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 
Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 
Mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.069 8.533
12 29 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 
Netherlands Nyck de Vries 
Netherlands Frits van Eerd 
Dallara P217 LMP2 1'47.601 9.065
13 50 France Romano Ricci 
France Erwin Creed 
Japan Yoshiharu Mori
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 1'49.486 10.950
14 67 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell 
Guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'56.898 18.362
15 97 Belgium Maxime Martin 
United Kingdom Alex Lynn 
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 1'57.026 18.490
16 66 Germany Stefan Mücke 
France Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'57.182 18.646
17 95 Denmark Marco Sorensen 
Denmark Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 1'57.281 18.745
18 51 United Kingdom James Calado 
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 1'58.190 19.654
19 92 Denmark Michael Christensen 
France Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'58.288 19.752
20 71 United Kingdom Sam Bird 
Italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 1'58.606 20.070
21 91 Italy Gianmaria Bruni 
Austria Richard Lietz 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'58.869 20.333
22 82 Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa 
Brazil Augusto Farfus 
BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'58.893 20.357
23 81 Netherlands Nick Catsburg 
Germany Martin Tomczyk 
BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'58.950 20.414
24 88 Italy Gianluca Roda 
Italy Matteo Cairoli 
Italy Giorgio Roda 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'59.105 20.569
25 98 Portugal Pedro Lamy 
Canada Paul Dalla Lana 
Austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 1'59.378 20.842
26 77 Germany Christian Ried 
Australia Matt Campbell 
France Julien Andlauer 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'59.449 20.913
27 86 United Kingdom Michael Wainwright 
United Kingdom Benjamin Barker 
Australia Alex Davison 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'59.476 20.940
28 54 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 
Italy Francesco Castellacci 
Switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 1'59.716 21.180
29 56 Germany Jörg Bergmeister 
United States Patrick Lindsey 
Norway Egidio Perfetti 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'59.760 21.224
30 90 United Kingdom Jonathan Adam 
Turkey Salih Yoluc 
Ireland Charles Eastwood 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 1'59.953 21.417
31 70 Monaco Olivier Beretta 
Italy Eddie Cheever III 
Japan Motoaki Ishikawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 1'59.984 21.448
32 61 Ireland Matthew Griffin 
Singapore Mok Weng Sun 
Japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'00.213 21.677
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Series WEC
Drivers Jose Maria Lopez
Teams Toyota Racing
Author Gary Watkins
Article type Practice report