Silverstone WEC: Toyota two seconds clear of Porsche in FP2

Toyota dominated the second practice session for the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener at Silverstone, beating Porsche by more than two seconds.

Silverstone WEC: Toyota two seconds clear of Porsche in FP2
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Kazuki Nakajima topped the times in the Friday afternoon session in the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid on a 1m38.210s, which put him 2.290s ahead of third-placed Porsche driver Earl Bamber. 

Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi in the #7 Toyota set the times that put them one-two in the timesheets in the opening minutes of the session lasting one and a half hours.

Kobayashi posted a 1m38.444s to end up 0.234s behind the sister car. 

Bamber set a 1m40.500s in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, while Andre Lotterer was 0.7s back on a 1m41.201s in the #1 car. 

The ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 improved on its morning time by nearly three seconds to end up on a 1m45.512s, set by James Rossiter - although this was still behind two LMP2 cars.

Alex Lynn led the way in LMP2 aboard the #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca on a 1m44.874s, which put him just over a tenth clear of Nicolas Lapierre in the #36 Signatech Alpine.

Third place was taken by early class pacesetter Mathias Beche in the best of the Anglo-Swiss Rebellion team's Orecas.

Porsche takes charge in GTE 

Porsche held sway in GTE Pro courtesy of a 1m57.765s recorded by Kevin Estre in the #92 911 RSR.

The Frenchman ended up just under two tenths up on the best of factory Aston Martin Vantage GTEs, the #97 in Jonny Adam's hands, with the sister #95 car in third ahead of the two Ganassi-run Ford GTs.

Ben Barker was quickest in GTE Am for the Gulf Racing Porsche squad.  

Practice results:

Cla#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson 
japan Kazuki Nakajima 
switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'38.210  
2 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi 
united_kingdom Mike Conway 
argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'38.444 0.234
3 2 germany Timo Bernhard 
new_zealand Brendon Hartley 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'40.500 2.290
4 1 germany Andre Lotterer 
switzerland Neel Jani 
united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'41.201 2.991
5 26 russia Roman Rusinov 
france  Pierre Thiriet 
united_kingdom Alex Lynn 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'44.874 6.664
6 36 france Nicolas Lapierre 
united_states Gustavo Menezes 
united_kingdom Matt Rao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'45.006 6.796
7 4 united_kingdom Oliver Webb 
austria Dominik Kraihamer 
united_kingdom James Rossiter 
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 1'45.512 7.302
8 13

brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 

switzerland Mathias Beche 

Oreca 07 LMP2 1'45.622 7.412
9 37 china David Cheng 
france Tristan Gommendy 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'45.907 7.697
10 28 france François Perrodo 
france Emmanuel Collard 
france Matthieu Vaxivière 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.585 8.375
11 31 brazil Bruno Senna 
france Julien Canal 
france Nicolas Prost 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.256 9.046
12 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
china Ho-Pin Tung 
france Thomas Laurent 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.564 9.354
13 24 france Jean-Eric Vergne 
switzerland Jonathan Hirschi 
thailand Tor Graves 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.954 9.744
14 25 russia Vitaly Petrov 
switzerland Simon Trummer 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'48.076 9.866
15 92 denmark Michael Christensen 
france Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'57.765 19.555
16 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner 
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam 
brazil Daniel Serra 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'57.957 19.747
17 95 denmark Marco Sorensen 
denmark Nicki Thiim 
new_zealand Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'57.981 19.771
18 67 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'58.114 19.904
19 66 germany Stefan Mücke 
france Olivier Pla 
united_states Billy Johnson 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'58.189 19.979
20 51 united_kingdom James Calado 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'58.535 20.325
21 91 austria Richard Lietz 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'58.955 20.745
22 71 united_kingdom Sam Bird 
italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'59.815 21.605
23 86 united_kingdom Michael Wainwright 
united_kingdom Ben Barker 
united_kingdom Nick Foster 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 1'59.991 21.781
24 54 italy Francesco Castellacci 
spain Miguel Molina 
switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'00.380 22.170
25 77 germany Christian Ried 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Marvin Dienst 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 2'00.421 22.211
26 98 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 2:00.437 22.227
27 61 ireland Matt Griffin 
singapore Mok Weng Sun 
japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'00.509 22.299
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