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Toyota Paces Wet Friday at COTA

Anthony Davidson tops FIA WEC time charts on Friday at COTA…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Toyota topped the time charts on a rainy Friday in Austin, as FIA World Endurance Championship teams continue preparations for Sunday’s Six Hours of the Circuit of The Americas.

Anthony Davidson reeled off a best lap of 2:00.756 in the No. 8 Toyota TS030 Hybrid to go quickest overall and on the day, which was washed out due to heavy rain.

The Englishman set the time on intermediate tires prior to a torrential downpour, which effectively brought the afternoon session to an end.

“It was a pity with the weather but we knew it was going to be like this as we saw it on the radar,” Davidson said. “It gave us a chance to drive in the wet before qualifying and the car felt okay in the rain. We still haven’t got a perfect balance but we were able to run the intermediate tires early in the afternoon session and the car felt really good.”

Conditions were no better in the 90-minute morning session, either, as only 19 of the 28 cars ventured out onto the 3.4-mile, 20-turn session. All but one car took part in the afternoon.

Davidson edged out Thursday’s pace-setting No. 2 Audi of Loic Duval by more than three seconds. The Audi driver set his quick time in the morning.

The No. 26 G-Drive Racing by Delta-ADR Oreca 03 Nissan of John Martin paced LMP2, while the No. 91 Porsche AG Team Manthey entry of Richard Lietz (GTE-Pro) and Nicki Thim’s No. 95 Aston Martin Racing entry (GTE-Am) topped the production-based ranks.

Forecasts tomorrow call for the possibility of additional showers, although it should dry up in time for qualifying Saturday afternoon.

RESULTS: Free Practice 1
RESULTS: Free Practice 2

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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