Fuji WEC: Webber puts Porsche on top in second practice

Porsche asserted itself over LMP1 rivals Audi and Toyota in second practice for the WEC 6 Hours of Fuji, as Mark Webber set the quickest time.

Fuji WEC: Webber puts Porsche on top in second practice

The session got off to a dramatic start as a spin for the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer brought out the red flags almost immediately, as the German hit the barriers and lost a large chunk of his front-left bodywork in the process.

Proceedings resumed some 10 minutes later, with Webber wasting little time in hitting the tarmac and setting what would prove to be the day's benchmark time, a 1m24.074, in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

That was enough to beat the #8 Audi of Oliver Jarvis by 0.894s, while the #7 car - in the hands of Lotterer after his early drama - set a time of 1m25s dead to seal third.

Behind was the #2 Porsche, which set a best time of 1m25.078s relatively late on in the hands of Marc Lieb to end up fourth fastest.

Both Toyotas were late improvers as well, although the #5 and #6 TS050 Hybrids still ended up fifth and sixth, Kazuki Nakajima setting the Japanese marque's best time of 1m25.657s.

The #6 car's session came to a slightly early end, as Kamui Kobayashi stopped out on track at Turn 14 with just over three minutes to run with a suspected engine problem.

Rebellion once again had the measure of sole LMP1-L class rival ByKolles, the #13 R-One lapping some 5.5s off the pace of the leading Porsche.

RGR Sport and Ford top classes

The LMP2 class was topped by the #43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier, which set an early benchmark in the baby prototype category of 1m31.909s courtesy of Filipe Albuqerque.

Second was the #26 G-Drive Oreca driven by Alex Brundle, eight tenths back, followed by the leading Manor, the #44 Oreca, of Roberto Merhi.

Ford confirmed its earlier pace in the GTE-Pro class as Stefan Mucke led the way in the #66 car with a best effort of 1m38.743s.

The German was followed by the two AF Corse Ferraris, which demoted the sister #67 Ford to fourth.

Although Aston Martin continued to struggle for pace with its Pro cars, the British marque topped the Am category as the #98 machine set a best time of 1m40.112s.

Second practice results:

Cla#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 1  Mark Webber 
 Timo Bernhard 
 Brendon Hartley 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'24.074  
2 8  Lucas di Grassi 
 Loic Duval 
 Oliver Jarvis 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'24.968 0.894
3 7  Andre Lotterer 
 Marcel Fassler 
 Benoit Tréluyer 
Audi R18 LMP1 1'25.000 0.926
4 2  Romain Dumas 
 Neel Jani 
 Marc Lieb 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'25.078 1.004
5 5  Anthony Davidson 
 Kazuki Nakajima 
 Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'25.657 1.583
6 6  Stéphane Sarrazin 
 Kamui Kobayashi 
 Mike Conway 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'25.702 1.628
7 13  Alexandre Imperatori 
 Dominik Kraihamer 
 Matheo Tuscher 
Rebellion R-One LMP1 1'29.653 5.579
8 4  Simon Trummer 
 Oliver Webb 
 Pierre Kaffer 
CLM P1/01 LMP1 1'30.515 6.441
9 43  Bruno Senna 
 Ricardo Gonzalez 
 Filipe Albuquerque 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'31.909 7.835
10 26  Will Stevens 
 Roman Rusinov 
 Alex Brundle 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'32.742 8.668
11 44  Roberto Merhi 
 Richard Bradley 
 Matthew Rao 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'32.747 8.673
12 42  Jonny Kane 
 Lewis Williamson 
Gibson 015S LMP2 1'32.948 8.874
13 30  Giedo van der Garde 
 Sean Gelael 
 Antonio Giovinazzi 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'32.971 8.897
14 35  Paul-Loup Chatin 
 Ho-Pin Tung 
 David Cheng 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'33.076 9.002
15 36  Nicolas Lapierre 
 Gustavo Menezes 
 Stéphane Richelmi 
Alpine A460 LMP2 1'33.274 9.200
16 37  Vitaly Petrov 
 Viktor Shaytar 
 Kirill Ladygin 
BR01 LMP2 1'33.364 9.290
17 31  Pipo Derani 
 Ryan Dalziel 
 Chris Cumming 
Ligier JS P2 LMP2 1'33.393 9.319
18 45  Shinji Nakano 
 Tor Graves 
 Alex Lynn 
Oreca 05 LMP2 1'33.675 9.601
19 27  Maurizio Mediani 
 Nicolas Minassian 
 Mikhail Aleshin 
BR01 LMP2 1'34.006 9.932
20 66  Stefan Mücke 
 Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'38.743 14.669
21 51  Gianmaria Bruni 
 James Calado 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'38.935 14.861
22 71  Sam Bird 
 Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'39.012 14.938
23 67  Harry Tincknell 
 Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'39.219 15.145
24 95  Marco Sorensen 
 Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 1'39.547 15.473
25 97  Darren Turner 
 Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE PRO 1'39.548 15.474
26 77  Richard Lietz 
 Michael Christensen 
Porsche 911 RSR (2016) LMGTE PRO 1'39.577 15.503
27 98  Pedro Lamy 
 Paul Dalla Lana 
 Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 1'40.112 16.038
28 50  Pierre Ragues 
 Ricky Taylor 
 Yutaka Yamagishi 
Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 LMGTE AM 1'40.401 16.327
29 88  David Heinemeier Hansson
 Patrick Long 
 Khaled Al Qubaisi 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'40.414 16.340
30 86  Michael Wainwright 
 Adam Carroll 
 Ben Barker 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'41.124 17.050
31 78  Christian Ried 
 Wolf Henzler 
 Joel Camathias 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'41.286 17.212
32 83  François Perrodo 
 Emmanuel Collard 
 Rui Aguas 
Ferrari F458 Italia LMGTE AM 1'41.414 17.340
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