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Spa WEC: Toyota locks out top three in third practice

Spa WEC: Toyota locks out top three in third practice
May 5, 2017, 9:47 AM

Toyota locked out the top three positions in third practice for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa on Friday morning.

After leading the way in both Thursday sessions, the Japanese marque's two high-downforce TS050 Hybrids set the pace with laptimes within 0.005s of each other.

The session was delayed by 20 minutes for barrier repairs after an accident in Porsche Carrera Cup France qualifying, but once it began, Kazuki Nakajima and Mike Conway set their best times on their first flying laps in the #8 and #7 cars respectively.

Nakajima led the way with a 1m55.233s, with Conway posting a 1m55.238s to slot into second.

The low-downforce configuration #9 car jumped ahead of the two Porsches into third place midway through the session, as Toyota returnee Nicolas Lapierre lapped in 1m55.448s.

Andre Lotterer was quickest of the Porsche drivers, with his best time of 1m56.404 putting the #1 919 Hybrid in fourth, 1.171s down on Nakajima's benchmark.

The #2 Porsche of Brendon Hartley was a further 1.7s back in fifth place.

In LMP2, the pace was set by Alex Lynn in the #26 G-Drive Oreca-Gibson, the Briton recording a best time of 2m01.708s to go two tenths clear of Mathias Beche in the #13 Rebellion car.

The class-winning car from Silverstone, the #38 JOTA Sport-run entry, was third-fastest in the hands of Ho-Pin Tung, more than 1.3s off the pace.

Six LMP2 cars outpaced the sole LMP1 privateer entry, the ByKolles ENSO CLM-Nissan, which was 8.7s off the pace of the hybrids with James Rossiter - fresh from his Fuji Super GT appearance - at the wheel.

Ferrari takes 1-2 in GTE

Ferrari's pair of AF Corse-run Ferraris led the way in the GTE-Pro category, with Alessandro Pier Guidi putting the #51 488 GTE at the head of the timesheets with a last-minute effort of 2m14.904s.

Sam Bird was just two tenths adrift in the sister #71 car, but some six tenths ahead of Harry Tincknell in the best of the Ford GTs.

The best of the Am-class runners, the #77 Proton Porsche of Matteo Cairoli, was fourth overall among the Am contingent with a 2m15.893s.

That effort was two tenths faster than Frederic Makowiecki's effort in the best of the GTE-Pro 911 RSRs, which was fifth in class behind the second of the Fords. 

Practice results:

1 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson 
japan Kazuki Nakajima 
switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'55.233
2 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi 
united_kingdom Mike Conway 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'55.238
3 9 france Stéphane Sarrazin 
france Nicolas Lapierre 
japan Yuji Kunimoto 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'55.448
4 1 germany Andre Lotterer 
switzerland Neel Jani 
united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'56.404
5 2 germany Timo Bernhard 
new_zealand Brendon Hartley 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'58.096
6 26 russia Roman Rusinov 
france  Pierre Thiriet 
united_kingdom Alex Lynn 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'01.708
7 13 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 
switzerland Mathias Beche 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'01.970
8 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
china Ho-Pin Tung 
france Thomas Laurent 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'03.287
9 35 france Nelson Panciatici 
france Pierre Ragues 
brazil Andre Negrao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 2'03.335
10 31 brazil Bruno Senna 
france Julien Canal 
france Nicolas Prost 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'03.354
11 37 china David Cheng 
france Tristan Gommendy 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'04.263
12 36 france Romain Dumas 
united_states Gustavo Menezes 
united_kingdom Matt Rao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 2'04.270
13 4 united_kingdom Oliver Webb 
austria Dominik Kraihamer 
united_kingdom James Rossiter 
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 2'04.338
14 34 india Karun Chandhok 
united_kingdom Nigel Moore 
united_kingdom Philip Hanson 
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 2'04.396
15 24 france Jean-Eric Vergne 
switzerland Jonathan Hirschi 
thailand Tor Graves 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'04.625
16 28 france François Perrodo 
france Emmanuel Collard 
france Matthieu Vaxivière 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'05.236
17 25 russia Vitaly Petrov 
switzerland Simon Trummer 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'06.130
18 71 united_kingdom Sam Bird 
italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'15.100
19 77 germany Christian Ried 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Marvin Dienst 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 2'15.893
20 66 germany Stefan Mücke 
france Olivier Pla 
united_states Billy Johnson 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'15.981
21 51 united_kingdom James Calado 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'16.050
22 91 austria Richard Lietz 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'16.123
23 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner 
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam 
brazil Daniel Serra 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 2'16.142
24 67 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'16.252
25 92 denmark Michael Christensen 
france Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'16.329
26 98 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 2'16.603
27 61 ireland Matt Griffin 
singapore Mok Weng Sun 
japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'17.146
28 95 denmark Marco Sorensen 
denmark Nicki Thiim 
new_zealand Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 2'18.166
29 54 italy Francesco Castellacci 
spain Miguel Molina 
switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'18.461
30 86 united_kingdom Michael Wainwright 
united_kingdom Ben Barker 
australia Nick Foster Jr. 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 2'21.131
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Series WEC
Event Spa-Francorchamps
Location Spa-Francorchamps
Drivers Kazuki Nakajima
Teams Toyota Racing
Author Jamie Klein