Audi has topped the time charts in opening practice for Sunday’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Fuji, with Andre Lotterer smashing the previous qualifying record.
The German reeled off a best lap of 1:24.497 early in the 90-minute session, outpacing the No. 18 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas by more than seven-tenths.
Lotterer’s time was nearly two seconds quicker than the previous qualifying record, set in 2013.
The sister No. 8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Oliver Jarvis was third quickest with a 1:25.830, followed by the COTA-winning No. 17 Porsche in fourth.
Signatech Alpine led the way in LMP2, thanks to a 1:32.701 lap set by Nelson Panciatici in the Alpine A450b Nissan.
Porsche Team Manthey (GTE-Pro) and Larbre Competition (GTE-Am) led the production-based ranks.
The session saw only a single Full Course Caution, for debris, following contact between the No. 8 Audi and the No. 42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S Nissan.
Free Practice 2 gets underway at 3:30 p.m. local.
RESULTS: Free Practice 1