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Silverstone WEC: Kobayashi leads Toyota 1-2 in FP2

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Silverstone WEC: Kobayashi leads Toyota 1-2 in FP2
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Aug 30, 2019, 6:03 PM

Toyota blocked out the top two positions in second practice for this weekend's opening round of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Silverstone.

Kamui Kobayashi ended up fastest in the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid on a 1m36.847s lap set at the start of the 90-minute afternoon session. 

Sebastien Buemi was eight tenths behind in the #8 Toyota with a 1m37.673s best.

Kobayashi's time was eight tenths quicker than the best practice time from the Silverstone WEC round in 2018 and only four tenths slower than the fastest qualifying lap, reflecting the new  Silverstone track surface.

Both Kobayashi and Buemi are understood to have set their times on simulated qualifying runs.

Gustavo Menezes took third with a 1m37.876s in the #1 Rebellion R-13 that topped the times in the morning session with Norman Nato at the wheel.

Loic Duval was fourth fastest in the #3 Rebellion entry on a 1m38.687s, while the #5 works Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1 posted its first representative laptime of the weekend after suffering gear selection issues in the opening session. 

Ben Hanley managed a 1m39.600s, which was just under three tenths up on the #6 Ginetta in which Oliver Jarvis posted the time. 

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Paul di Resta claimed the top spot in LMP2 aboard the United Autosports Oreca 07 on a 1m43.059s. 

That was just two hundredths quicker than Kenta Yamashita's 1m43.080s in the High Class Racing Oreca, which was on Goodyear tyres rather than the United car's Michelins. 

The Danish High Class squad had to sit out the first 30 minutes of the session for violating WEC rules by testing at Silverstone within 30 days of the race. 

Giedo van der Garde took third spot in the TDS Racing-run Racing Team Nederland Oreca.

The two factory AF Corse Ferraris topped the times in GTE Pro until the closing minutes of the session, when they were split by the best Porsche. 

Alessandro Pier Guidi's 1m55.501s in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE stood as the fastest of the session, with Richard Lietz's factory 911 RSR less than two tenths behind on 1m55.665s. 

Miguel Molina ended up third on a 1m55.907s in the second Ferrari, while the two Aston Martin Vantage GTEs took fifth and sixth positions in class behind the second factory Porsche. 

Ross Gunn headed the GTE Am times in his works Aston Martin.

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Session results:

Cla # Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1 7 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'36.847
2 8 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'37.673 0.826
3 1 Brazil Bruno Senna
United States Gustavo Menezes
France Norman Nato
Rebellion R13 LMP1 1'37.876 1.029
4 3 France Nathanael Berthon
Brazil Pipo Derani
France Loic Duval
Rebellion R13 LMP1 1'38.687 1.840
5 5 United Kingdom Charles Robertson
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
Russian Federation Egor Orudzhev
Ginetta G60-LT-P1 LMP1 1'39.60 2.753
6 6 United Kingdom Michael Simpson
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Ginetta G60-LT-P1 LMP1 1'39.894 3.047
7 22 United Kingdom Philip Hanson
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'43.059 6.212
8 33 United States Mark Patterson
Japan Kenta Yamashita
Denmark Anders Fjordbach
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'43.080 6.233
9 29 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Job Van Uitert
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'43.234 6.387
10 42 France Nicolas Lapierre
Switzerland Antonin Borga
Switzerland Alexandre Coigny
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'43.349 6.502
11 36 France Thomas Laurent
Brazil Andre Negrao
France Pierre Ragues
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'43.792 6.945
12 38 Mexico Roberto Gonzalez
Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'44.450 7.603
13 37 China Ho-Pin Tung
France Gabriel Aubry
United Kingdom Will Stevens
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'44.834 7.987
14 47 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217 LMP2 1'44.878 8.031
15 51 United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 1'55.501 18.654
16 91 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Austria Richard Lietz
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE PRO 1'55.665 18.818
17 71 Italy Davide Rigon
Spain Miguel Molina
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 1'55.907 19.060
18 92 Denmark Michael Christensen
France Kevin Estre
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE PRO 1'55.936 19.089
19 95 Denmark Marco Sorensen
Denmark Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 1'55.976 19.129
20 97 United Kingdom Alex Lynn
Belgium Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 1'56.206 19.359
21 98 Canada Paul Dalla Lana
United Kingdom Darren Turner
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 1'56.463 19.616
22 90 Turkey Salih Yoluc
Ireland Charles Eastwood
United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 1'56.559 19.712
23 83 France François Perrodo
France Emmanuel Collard
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 1'56.591 19.744
24 56 Norway Egidio Perfetti
Germany David Kolkmann
Italy Matteo Cairoli
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'57.060 20.213
25 70 Japan Motoaki Ishikawa
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Japan Kei Cozzolino
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 1'57.076 20.229
26 62 United Kingdom Bonamy Grimes
United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
United Kingdom Charles Hollings
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 1'57.557 20.710
27 86 United Kingdom Michael Wainwright
United Kingdom Andrew Watson
United Kingdom Benjamin Barker
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'57.677 20.830
28 57 United States Ben Keating
Brazil Felipe Fraga
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'57.729 20.882
29 54 Switzerland Thomas Flohr
Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 1'57.764 20.917
30 88 Austria Thomas Preining
Italy Gianluca Giraudi
Mexico Ricardo Sanchez
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'57.950 21.103
31 77 Germany Christian Ried
Australia Matt Campbell
Italy Riccardo Pera
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 1'58.029 21.182
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Author Gary Watkins