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Toyota Quickest Again in FP3

No. 8 Toyota tops third consecutive session at Silverstone…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Toyota Gazoo Racing was quickest again in Saturday’s Free Practice 3, with Anthony Davidson setting the fastest time heading into qualifying for tomorrow’s FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Silverstone.

It took a while before the first competitive times showed up on the timing screens, as the 60-minute session started off on a damp track.

The No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid topped every session so far this weekend, although Davidson’s 1:39.476 lap time was still 1.266 seconds slower then Kazuki Nakajima’s time in Free Practice 2 yesterday.

Neel Jani  in the No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid reeled off a 1:40.223 to end the session in P2, followed by the sister No. 2 Porsche a further two tenths behind.

The No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid suffered ECU troubles before it could even head out, with Mike Conway taking the car to the track 25 minutes into the session and Jose Maria Lopez still posting a competitive time later on.

Matthieu Vaxiviere in the No. 28 TDS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson led the way in LMP2 with a 1:44.105 lap time, ahead of the No. 26 G-Drive Racing and No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Orecas.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing took a 1-2 in GTE-Pro, followed by both AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs.

The No. 98 AMR Aston Martin Vantage GTE was quickest in GTE-Am, but suffered a setback at the end of the session when Lopez made contact with Paul Dalla Lana while overtaking him around the outside of Luffield.

The coming together resulted in a broken wheel and a puncture for the Aston Martin, while Lopez was reported to the stewards for dangerous driving.

RESULTS: Free Practice 3

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


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