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Toyota Sweeps FP3 at Spa

Toyota continues to set the pace at Spa…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Toyota has continued to set the pace in the build up to this weekend’s WEC Six Hours of Spa, with the TS050 Hybrids locking out the top three in Free Practice 3.

Kazuki Nakajima posted a 1:55.233 time in the No. 8 Toyota immediately after his out lap, a time that remained unbeaten for the remainder of the 60-minute session.

Nakajima’s lap was more than one-second quicker than yesterday’s top time and already half a second under last year’s pole lap.

The No. 7 Toyota of Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi that led the way in both practice sessions on Friday, came up just 0.005s short on the sister entry this morning.

The low-downforce No. 9 Toyota made it a 1-2-3 for the Japanese constructor (+0.215s), followed by the No. 1 (+1.171s) and No. 2 (+2.863s) Porsche 919 Hybrids.

LMP2 was led by the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson Alex Lynn, who reeled off a 2:01.708 halfway through the session.

The Brit was two-tenths quicker than the No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca in second, with the No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing entry completing the top-three.

Alessandro Pier Guidi topped GTE-Pro in the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with a late flyer, with Matteo Cairoli again quickest in GTE-Am in the No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.

The start of the session was delayed by twenty minutes due to guardrail damage caused by an incident in the preceding Porsche Carrera Cup session.

There were no major incidents besides a small contact between No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca and the No. 61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari, resulting in a Full Course Yellow to allow the marshals to remove debris from the track

Qualifying gets underway at 2:50 p.m. local time.

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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