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Shanghai WEC: Toyota stays on top in second practice

Shanghai WEC: Toyota stays on top in second practice

Toyota remained in control of the timesheets in second practice for this weekend's Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship round.

The pace in the afternoon session was slower than it was in first practice, meaning Sebastien Buemi's 1m54.768s set on intermediate tyres in the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid stood as the day's fastest.

In FP2, it was the #7 car that led the way, as Jose Maria Lopez jumped to the top of the timesheets right at the end of the a session in which the LMP1 runners used only wet tyres. 

His 2m02.259s eclipsed Kazuki Nakajima's 2m02.504s in the #8 Toyota by a couple of tenths, while Thomas Laurent was a further tenth and a half behind in the #3 Rebellion R-13.

Late improvements by Andre Lotterer in the #1 Rebellion and Jenson Button in the best of the SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1s put them fourth and fifth, ahead of the #17 SMP BR1 of Egor Orudzhev.

The #10 DragonSpeed BR1 and the #4 ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 rounded out the LMP1 order.

LMP2 was once again topped by Jazeman Jaafar in the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca, as the Malaysian knocked the Signatech Alpine from top of the times right at the end of the session. 

Jaafar's 2m10.869s was slower than his FP1 best, but was enough to edge out Andre Negrao in the Signatech car by a scant 0.027s.

Matthieu Vaxiviere put the TDS Racing Oreca third in class, a further eight tenths back.

James Calado was quickest in the GTE Pro class in his AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, his best time of 2m14.315s coming shortly before an off at Turn 2 that caused a full-course yellow.

That was some way off the 2m09.830s set by BMW driver Martin Tomczyk in FP1 on slick tyres, however.

Antonio Felix da Costa was second in the afternoon the best of the BMW M8 GTEs, followed by Maxime Martin in the top Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

Corvette Racing's one-off C7.R entry was fifth, up two places from the morning session.

Giancarlo Fisichella put the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE at the top of the order in GTE Am, five seconds down on the best time recorded in FP1 by the TF Sport Aston Martin.

Session results:

Pos. No. Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1 7 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 
United Kingdom Mike Conway 
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 2'02.259  
2 8 Spain Fernando Alonso 
Japan Kazuki Nakajima 
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 2'02.504 0.245
3 3 Switzerland Mathias Beche 
France Thomas Laurent 
United States Gustavo Menezes 
Rebellion R13 LMP1 2'02.673 0.414
4 1 Germany Andre Lotterer 
Brazil Bruno Senna 
Switzerland Neel Jani 
Rebellion R13 LMP1 2'02.935 0.676
5 11 United Kingdom Jenson Button 
Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov 
Russian Federation Mikhail Aleshin 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 2'03.648 1.389
6 17 France Stéphane Sarrazin 
Russian Federation Matevos Isaakyan 
Russian Federation Egor Orudzhev 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 2'04.588 2.329
7 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande 
United Kingdom Ben Hanley 
James Allen 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 2'04.696 2.437
8 4 United Kingdom Oliver Webb 
France Tom Dillmann 
United Kingdom James Rossiter 
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 2'06.744 4.485
9 37 Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 
Malaysia Weiron Tan 
Malaysia Jazeman Jaafar 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'10.869 8.610
10 36 France Nicolas Lapierre 
France Pierre Thiriet 
Brazil Andre Negrao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 2'10.896 8.637
11 28 France Loic Duval 
France François Perrodo 
France Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'11.746 9.487
12 50 France Enzo Guibbert 
France Romano Ricci 
France Erwin Creed 
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 2'12.112 9.853
13 29 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 
Netherlands Nyck de Vries 
Netherlands Frits van Eerd 
Dallara P217 LMP2 2'12.156 9.897
14 38 China Ho-Pin Tung 
Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 
France Gabriel Aubry 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'12.162 9.903
15 31 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 
Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 
Mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 2'12.499 10.240
16 51 United Kingdom James Calado 
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 2'14.315 12.056
17 82 Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa 
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist 
BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'14.964 12.705
18 97 Belgium Maxime Martin 
United Kingdom Alex Lynn 
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 2'14.983 12.724
19 95 Denmark Nicki Thiim 
Denmark Marco Sorensen 
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 2'15.454 13.195
20 64 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin 
United States Tommy Milner 
Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 2'16.222 13.963
21 92 Denmark Michael Christensen 
France Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'16.250 13.991
22 66 Germany Stefan Mücke 
France Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'16.568 14.309
23 54 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 
Italy Francesco Castellacci 
Switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'16.835 14.576
24 61 Ireland Matthew Griffin 
Singapore Mok Weng Sun 
Japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'16.878 14.619
25 81 Netherlands Nick Catsburg 
Germany Martin Tomczyk 
BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'17.025 14.766
26 71 United Kingdom Sam Bird 
Italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 2'17.162 14.903
27 91 Italy Gianmaria Bruni 
Austria Richard Lietz 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'17.578 15.319
28 86 United Kingdom Michael Wainwright 
United Kingdom Benjamin Barker 
Thomas Preining 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'17.799 15.540
29 67 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell 
Guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'17.863 15.604
30 90 United Kingdom Jonathan Adam 
Turkey Salih Yoluc 
Ireland Charles Eastwood 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 2'17.904 15.645
31 70 Monaco Olivier Beretta 
Italy Eddie Cheever III 
Japan Motoaki Ishikawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'18.558 16.299
32 88 Italy Matteo Cairoli 
Riccardo Pera 
Khaled Al-Qubaisi
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'18.610 16.351
33 56 Germany Jörg Bergmeister 
United States Patrick Lindsey 
Norway Egidio Perfetti 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'20.235 17.976
34 98 Portugal Pedro Lamy 
Canada Paul Dalla Lana 
Austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 2'21.333 19.074
35 77 Germany Christian Ried 
Australia Matt Campbell 
Julien Andlauer 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM no time -
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Series WEC
Event Shanghai
Drivers Jose Maria Lopez
Teams Toyota Racing
Author Jamie Klein