Silverstone WEC: Toyota leads disrupted first practice
Toyota driver Mike Conway set the fastest time in first practice for this weekend's Silverstone FIA World Endurance Championship round in a session disrupted by two red flags.
Conway's best time of 1m39.916s in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid came shortly after the first red flag period, caused by Bruno Senna suffering a heavy crash at Copse in the #1 Rebellion R-13.
Senna reportedly was able to get out of the car unaided but was taken for the medical centre for checks.
After a half-hour delay, the session resumed - with 15 minutes being added to make up for the lost running - but a second stoppage was caused when the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 dumped oil on track at The Loop.
Sebastien Buemi set the best time in the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning #8 Toyota he shares with Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima, a 1m40.191s, in the early part of the session to make it a one-two for the Japanese marque.
Best of the LMP1 privateers was the #3 Rebellion, with Gustavo Menezes posting that car's best effort, 1.027s adrift of Conway, while the stricken #1 car set the fourth-best time, 3.2s off the pace, with Senna shortly before its accident.
Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button was quickest of the SMP Racing drivers, setting a 1m40.176s in the #11 BR Engineering BR1 which is running in high-downforce spec for the first time this season.
Egor Orudzhev was sixth in the #17 BR1 ahead of Ben Hanley in the #10 DragonSpeed BR1 and Oliver Webb in the #4 ENSO CLM before its problems.
LMP2 was led by Audi DTM star Loic Duval, who set a 1m46.122s in the #28 TDS Racing Oreca to go seven tenths clear of the opposition, led by GP3 racer Gabriel Aubry in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car.
Third in class was the points-leading #36 Signatech Alpine, with Andre Negrao at the wheel.
Ford's pair of Chip Ganassi-run GTs led the way in GTE Pro, with Olivier Pla setting the best time in class - a 1m57.166s - shortly after the first red flag to put the #66 car ahead of Andy Priaulx's #67 machine by 0.671s.
Third was the quicker of the two Porsches, the #91 machine of Gianmaria Bruni, followed by the best of the Ferrari 488 GTEs, the #51 car.
Aston Martin's two Vantage GTEs, which were handed a Balance of Performance boost in the run-up to Silverstone, were sixth and seventh-fastest, while the two MTEK-run BMW M8 GTEs brought up the rear in ninth and 10th.
Porsche held sway in GTE Am with Matteo Cairoli setting the best lap of 1m59.418s in the #88 Dempsey-Proton car.
First practice results:
|1||7|| Kamui Kobayashi |
Jose Maria Lopez
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'39.916|
|2||8|| Fernando Alonso |
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'40.191||0.275|
|3||3|| Mathias Beche |
|4||1|| Andre Lotterer |
|5||11|| Jenson Button |
|BR Engineering BR1||LMP1||1'43.176||3.260|
|6||17|| Stéphane Sarrazin |
|BR Engineering BR1||LMP1||1'43.957||4.041|
|7||10|| Henrik Hedman |
Renger van der Zande
|BR Engineering BR1||LMP1||1'44.533||4.617|
|8||4|| Oliver Webb |
|ENSO CLM P1/01||LMP1||1'44.770||4.854|
|9||28|| Loic Duval |
|10||38|| Ho-Pin Tung |
|11||36|| Nicolas Lapierre |
|12||37|| Nabil Jeffri |
|13||31|| Anthony Davidson |
|14||29|| Giedo van der Garde |
Nyck de Vries
Frits van Eerd
|15||50|| Romano Ricci |
|Ligier JSP 217||LMP2||1'50.929||11.013|
|16||66|| Stefan Mücke |
|Ford GT||LMGTE PRO||1'56.852||16.936|
|17||67|| Harry Tincknell |
|Ford GT||LMGTE PRO||1'57.523||17.607|
|18||91|| Gianmaria Bruni |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE PRO||1'58.212||18.296|
|19||51|| James Calado |
Alessandro Pier Guidi
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||1'58.483||18.567|
|20||92|| Michael Christensen |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE PRO||1'58.748||18.832|
|21||97|| Maxime Martin |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||1'58.770||18.854|
|22||95|| Marco Sorensen |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||1'58.836||18.920|
|23||71|| Sam Bird |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||1'58.927||19.011|
|24||82|| Antonio Felix da Costa |
|BMW M8 GTE||LMGTE PRO||1'59.122||19.206|
|25||88|| Gianluca Roda |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'59.418||19.502|
|26||77|| Christian Ried |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'59.623||19.707|
|27||86|| Michael Wainwright |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'59.676||19.760|
|28||90|| Jonathan Adam |
|Aston Martin Vantage||LMGTE AM||1'59.693||19.777|
|29||81|| Nick Catsburg |
|BMW M8 GTE||LMGTE PRO||1'59.754||19.838|
|30||61|| Matthew Griffin |
Mok Weng Sun
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE AM||2'00.180||20.264|
|31||54|| Giancarlo Fisichella |
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE AM||2'00.704||20.788|
|32||70|| Olivier Beretta |
Eddie Cheever III
|Ferrari 488 GTE||LMGTE AM||2'01.042||21.126|
|33||98|| Pedro Lamy |
Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage||LMGTE AM||2'01.067||21.151|
|34||56|| Jörg Bergmeister |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'01.549||21.633|
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