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Toyota Fastest on Friday at Silverstone

Toyota quickest on Friday at Silverstone…

Photo: Toyota

Photo: Toyota

Toyota has topped the time charts on Friday in Silverstone, with the No. 8 car quickest in both Free Practice sessions for Sunday’s opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Kazuki Nakajima’s 1:38.210 lap time in the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, set early in the second Free Practice session, stood as the quickest of the day, and a considerable 1.894 seconds faster than teammate Sebastien Buemi’s time in the morning.

The No. 7 car made it a 1-2 for Toyota with a 1:38.444 lap time, just two tenths off, followed by both Porsche 919 Hybrids.

Earl Bamber’s No. 2 Porsche was more than two seconds slower than the quickest Toyota, while the sister No. 1 entry of Andre Lotterer was almost three seconds off pace. 

G-Drive Racing led the way in LMP2 with a 1:44.874 from Alex Lynn in FP2 ending up quickest of the day in class.

The TDS Racing-run Oreca 07 Gibson was followed by the No. 36 Signatech Alpine A470 Gibson, which spun at the beginning of the 90-minute session, followed by the FP1 pace-setting No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca in third.

Porsche led the way in GTE-Pro, with the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR of Kevin Estre laying down a 1:57.765 to go quickest in class.

Estre edged out the No. 97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE of  by almost two tenths, with the sister No. 95 entry ending the day third on the time sheets.

GTE-Am was led by the No. 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR, although Pedro Lamy’s 1:59.342 lap from FP1 remained as quickest of the day in class.

A final 60-minute Free Practice session is on tap for Saturday at 9.40 a.m. local time.

RESULTS: Free Practice 2

Vincent Wouters (@VinceWouters) is a Belgium-based sports car racing reporter, providing coverage primarily of the Blancpain GT Series.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Matt

    April 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I thought Toyota had different bodywork for the start of the year? That’s still the LM kit from what I can see

    • Tyler Sanders

      April 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      This is probably a higher down force kit than they plan to run at lemans unless. They want to go the rout of a higher down force more drag kit instead of a low drag lower down force kit.

  2. therandomguy

    April 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Poor Bykolles Racing Team is getting hammered against the LMP2s.

    Looks not good for the LMP1-L category for next year unless they do some major rules to bring them further ahead against the LMP2 and closer to the LMP1-H.

    • kpcart

      April 15, 2017 at 8:44 am

      shouldn’t they be ahead of LMP2 with current rules? they have more horespower. it seems ByKolles are just hopeless at building a race car, they were hopelessly slow compared to Rebellion in the past in LMP1 also. I would love to see the awesome sounding Cadillac Dpi cars allowed to race in LMP2 at Lemans

  3. WBrowning

    April 14, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Kind of strange that all the quick times in GTE, except the Ferrari’s are in their first few laps, I wonder if that is a tire issue or strategy thing, saving them for the race?

    • gtgianlu

      April 14, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Three sets for FP,four for quali and six hours race

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