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Porsche Quickest on Thursday in Mexico

Neel Jani quickest on Thursday in Mexico City…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Porsche has topped the time charts in the opening day of practice for Saturday’s Six Hours of Mexico presented by AT&T, with the German manufacturer ending Free Practice 2 with a sweep of the top two positions.

Neel Jani reeled off a quick lap of 1:25.810 in the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid to go quickest of the 90-minute session, edging out the sister No. 1 entry of Brendon Hartley by 0.248 seconds.

The pair of Audis were third and fourth quickest in FP2 and on the day, with the No. 8 Audi R18 marginally quicker than the No. 7 machine.

The No. 5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid completed the top-five overall and in the LMP1 class, with the No. 6 car not setting a time in either official sessions today after Stephane Sarrazin’s accident in the Collective Test.

The Toyota is expected to rejoin for tomorrow’s FP3, with the car being built up around its replacement tub.

Local favorites RGR Sport ended Thursday on top in LMP2, thanks to Bruno Senna’s 1:35.507 lap in the No 43 Ligier JS P2 Nissan.

Senna was 0.023 seconds quicker than the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05 Nissan of Rene Rast in second.

Aston Martin Racing dominated GTE-Pro with its normally aspirated Vantage GTE cars, which were 1-2 in class.

Nicki Thiim was quickest in the No. 95 “Dane Train” Aston at a 1:40.477, with Gulf Racing ending up on top in GTE-Am again with its Porsche 911 RSR.

FP2 ended a few minutes early due to the No. 37 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR01 Nissan of Victor Shaytar stopping in Turn 16.

A final 60-minute FP3 is on tap for Friday at 10 a.m. CT, followed by qualifying in the afternoon.

RESULTS: Free Practice 2

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