Spa WEC: Alpine edges Toyota in second practice

Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car topped a session at Spa for the first time this week after edging out Toyota to lead second practice for this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship opener.

Spa WEC: Alpine edges Toyota in second practice

Andre Negrao set the fastest time of the 90-minute session on Friday morning at the wheel of the Signatech-run Alpine A480 of 2m03.396s, around seven tenths up on Thursday's fastest time.

The first part of the session was led by Toyota thanks to Brendon Hartley's time of 2m03.431s in the #8 GR010 Hybrid, more than a second faster than the best of the Japanese marque's all-new Hypercars had managed in FP1.

That was eclipsed by Negrao by only 0.035s just shy of the 40-minute mark, with no further changes to the top of the leaderboard for the remainder of the session.

United Autosports once again led the LMP2 class after setting the fastest time overall in FP1, but Filipe Albuquerque's fastest time of 2m03.733s in the team's Oreca 07 was more than three tenths off the outright pace.

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Nyck de Vries also broke the 2m04s barrier in the #26 G-Drive Racing Aurus-branded Oreca on a 2m03.979s to go second in the LMP2 class and fourth overall.

Two more LMP2s were next up in the overall order - the Inter Europol Competition Oreca of Alex Brundle and the second G-Drive Aurus of Roberto Merhi - with the second of the Toyota Hypercars going seventh-fastest overall and slowest of the three cars in the top division.

Jose Maria Lopez's early laptime of 2m04.717s put the #7 GR010 Hybrid around 1.3s off the pace.

Completing the top 10 overall were three more LMP2 Orecas the WRT car of Robin Frijns, the High Class Racing entry of Jan Magnussen, and the DragonSpeed machine of Ben Hanley.

Ferrari led the way in the GTE Pro class, with James Calado setting the best time of 2m13.552s in the #51 488 GTE Evo, slightly slower than the quickest of the Porsches in FP1.

Gianmaria Bruni put the #91 Porsche second in class on a 2m13.794s, followed by Daniel Serra in the #52 Ferrari on a 2m13.943s.

Corvette Racing's solo C8.R was the slowest car of the five in class, almost 1.5s off the pace.

Kiwi racer Jaxon Evans set the fastest time of 2m14.170s in the GTE Am division in his Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche, edging out AF Corse Ferrari man Giancarlo Fisichella and Iron Lynx Ferrari driver Matteo Cressoni.

The WEC Spa 6 Hours starts on Saturday May 1 at 1.30pm CET, with practice and qualifying scheduled on Thursday and Friday. All sessions of the event will be streamed live on Motorsport.tv

Practice results:

Cla # Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1 36 Brazil Andre Negrao
France Nicolas Lapierre
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
Alpine A480 HYPERCAR 2'03.396  
2 8 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Toyota GR010 - Hybrid HYPERCAR 2'03.431 0.035
3 22 United Kingdom Philip Hanson
Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'03.733 0.337
4 26 Russian Federation Roman Rusinov
Argentina Franco Colapinto
Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Aurus 01 LMP2 2'03.979 0.583
5 34 Poland Jakub Smiechowski
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United Kingdom Alex Brundle
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'04.230 0.834
6 25 United States John Falb
Portugal Rui Andrade
Spain Roberto Merhi
Aurus 01 LMP2 2'04.710 1.314
7 7 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota GR010 - Hybrid HYPERCAR 2'04.717 1.321
8 31 Netherlands Robin Frijns
Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
France Charles Milesi
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'05.287 1.891
9 20 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Denmark Anders Fjordbach
Denmark Dennis Andersen
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'05.940 2.544
10 21 Sweden Henrik Hedman
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'06.291 2.895
11 70 Switzerland Esteban Garcia
France Loic Duval
France Norman Nato
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'06.574 3.178
12 38 Mexico Roberto Gonzalez
Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'06.694 3.298
13 24 United States Patrick Kelly
France Gabriel Aubry
Switzerland Simon Trummer
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'06.713 3.317
14 28 Indonesia Sean Gelael
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'06.969 3.573
15 29 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Job Van Uitert
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'07.205 3.809
16 1 Colombia Tatiana Calderon
Germany Sophia Flörsch
Netherlands Beitske Visser
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'09.290 5.894
17 44 Slovakia Miro Konopka
United Kingdom Tom Jackson
United Kingdom Darren Burke
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 2'10.188 6.792
18 51 Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
United Kingdom James Calado
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 2'13.552 10.156
19 91 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Austria Richard Lietz
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE PRO 2'13.794 10.398
20 52 Brazil Daniel Serra
Spain Miguel Molina
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 2'13.943 10.547
21 92 France Kevin Estre
Switzerland Neel Jani
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE PRO 2'14.151 10.755
22 77 Germany Christian Ried
Australia Jaxon Evans
Australia Matt Campbell
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 2'14.170 10.774
23 54 Switzerland Thomas Flohr
Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 2'14.222 10.826
24 60 Italy Claudio Schiavoni
Italy Andrea Piccini
Italy Matteo Cressoni
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 2'14.419 11.023
25 88 Indonesia Andrew Haryanto
Germany Marco Seefried
Belgium Alessio Picariello
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 2'14.450 11.054
26 83 France François Perrodo
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Italy Alessio Rovera
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 2'14.655 11.259
27 777 Japan Satoshi Hoshino
Japan Tomonobu Fujii
United Kingdom Andrew Watson
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 2'15.082 11.686
28 63 Spain Antonio Garcia
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R LMGTE PRO 2'15.152 11.756
29 47 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
Italy Antonio Fuoco
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 2'15.168 11.772
30 56 Norway Egidio Perfetti
Italy Matteo Cairoli
Italy Riccardo Pera
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 2'15.283 11.887
31 98 Canada Paul Dalla Lana
Brazil Augusto Farfus
Brazil Marcos Gomes
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 2'15.413 12.017
32 85 Switzerland Rahel Frey
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Italy Manuela Gostner
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 2'15.776 12.380
33 86 United Kingdom Michael Wainwright
United Kingdom Benjamin Barker
United Kingdom Tom Gamble
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE AM 2'15.949 12.553
34 33 United States Ben Keating
Dylan Pereira
Brazil Felipe Fraga
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 2'16.265 12.869
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