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Toyota Runs 1-2 in Dry Friday Morning Practice at Spa

Toyota 1-2 in Free Practice 3 ahead of SMP Racing, Rebellion…

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Kamui Kobayashi set the fastest lap of the weekend so far as Toyota ran first and second in the final practice session before qualifying for the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Kobayashi turned in a time of 1:54.105 behind the wheel of the No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to lead the 60-minute Friday morning session, with the Japanese driver going 2.246 seconds quicker than teammate Kazuki Nakajima.

Egor Orudzhev set the third-best lap in the No. 17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AER, with the Russian driver’s late 1:56.824 effort falling within half a second of the No. 8 Toyota.

SMP’s sister car ran fourth-quickest with Stoffel Vandoorne clocking in at 1:57.475, ahead of Bruno Senna who posted a best time of 1:57.816 in the No. 1 Rebellion R13 Gibson.

Rebellion’s No. 3 car rounded out the top class six, two seconds back from its sister entry.

Jean-Eric Vergne laid down the fastest lap of the LMP2 contingent with the reigning ABB FIA Formula E champion’s 2:01.143 in the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 Gibson out-pacing Will Stevens in the No. 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca by seven-tenths of a second.

In GTE-Pro, Porsche topped the class thanks to Gianmaria Bruni’s 2:13.772 which put the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR two-tenths clear of the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing machine driven by Harry Tincknell.

Kevin Estre brought Porsche’s sister car through in third, ahead of the No. 66 Ford GT and the best of the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evos, which submitted the fifth-best time with Davide Rigon at the controls.

Dempsey-Proton Racing ran 1-2 in the GTE-Am category with its pair of Porsches as Matteo Cairoli set the fastest lap in the No. 88 car.

Qualifying for the penultimate round of the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’ is set to get underway at 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. eastern) with live coverage available on the FIA WEC app.

RESULTS: Free Practice 3

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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