Silverstone WEC: Toyota stays ahead in third practice

Toyota kept ahead of LMP1 rival Porsche in the third practice session for the FIA World Endurance Championship season opener on Saturday morning.

Silverstone WEC: Toyota stays ahead in third practice

A damp-but-drying track meant times fell quickly in the opening part of the hour-long session, and it was the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid that led the way early on in the hands of Anthony Davidson.

As conditions improved, Porsche took over at the top of the times as Nick Tandy went quickest in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid on a 1m40.243s, a time Neel Jani improved on fractionally with a 1m40.223s.

But in the final 10 minutes, Davidson put Toyota back on top with a 1m39.476s in the #8 car, which left the Japanese marque 0.747s up on Jani's Porsche.

Brendon Hartley was a further 0.150s back in third place in the sister #2 Porsche, ahead of the second of the Toyotas, which had an eventful session.

A data issue left the #7 machine in the garage for the first half-hour, and Jose Maria Lopez attracted the attention of the stewards when he had a scrape with Paul Dalla Lana's Aston Martin at Luffield late on as he tried to pass the #98 Vantage around the outside.

The Argentine set the car's best time, a 1m40.656s, to go 1.180s slower than Davidson's benchmark, and was reported to the stewards for dangerous driving.

Setting the pace in the LMP2 class was the TDS Racing Oreca of Matthieu Vaxiviere, who set a 1m44.105s.

That left the #28 car four tenths up on the other TDS-run car, the #26 G-Drive machine of Roman Rusinov, while third was the best of the JOTA-run Orecas, the #38 DC Racing machine.

The ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 was slower than all bar one of the LMP2 contingent, as Oliver Webb set the #4 car's best time of 1m46.515s.

Ford leads the way in GTE

Andy Priaulx put Ford on top in the GTE Pro battle, with a best time of 1m56.233s in the quicker of the two Ganassi-run cars - four tenths up on squadmate Stefan Mucke in the second Ford GT.

Ferrari was third and fourth in class, James Calado giving the Scuderia its best time of 1m57.268s in the #51 488 GTE.

The best of the GTE Am cars, the #98 Aston Martin, was also the fifth-best GTE car overall, thanks to a 1m58.691s set by Pedro Lamy before the car's incident with the #7 Toyota.

Practice results:

Cla#DriversCarClassLapsTimeGap
1 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson 
japan Kazuki Nakajima 
switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 27 1'39.476  
2 1 germany Andre Lotterer 
switzerland Neel Jani 
united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 29 1'40.223 0.747
3 2 germany Timo Bernhard 
new_zealand Brendon Hartley 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 26 1'40.373 0.897
4 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi 
united_kingdom Mike Conway 
argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 20 1'40.656 1.180
5 28 france François Perrodo 
france Emmanuel Collard 
france Matthieu Vaxivière 
Oreca 07 LMP2 26 1'44.105 4.629
6 26 russia Roman Rusinov 
france  Pierre Thiriet 
united_kingdom Alex Lynn 
Oreca 07 LMP2 27 1'44.485 5.009
7 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
china Ho-Pin Tung 
france Thomas Laurent 
Oreca 07 LMP2 29 1'45.344 5.868
8 25 russia Vitaly Petrov 
switzerland Simon Trummer 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 24 1'45.848 6.372
9 36 france Nicolas Lapierre 
united_states Gustavo Menezes 
united_kingdom Matt Rao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 26 1'45.981 6.505
10 31 brazil Bruno Senna 
france Julien Canal 
france Nicolas Prost 
Oreca 07 LMP2 26 1'46.143 6.667
11 24 france Jean-Eric Vergne 
switzerland Jonathan Hirschi 
thailand Tor Graves 
Oreca 07 LMP2 27 1'46.363 6.887
12 13 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 
switzerland Mathias Beche 
Oreca 07 LMP2 22 1'46.366 6.890
13 4 united_kingdom Oliver Webb 
austria Dominik Kraihamer 
united_kingdom James Rossiter 
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 21 1'46.515 7.039
14 37 china David Cheng 
france Tristan Gommendy 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
Oreca 07 LMP2 21 1'47.051 7.575
15 67 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 24 1'56.233 16.757
16 66 germany Stefan Mücke 
france Olivier Pla 
united_states Billy Johnson 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 20 1'56.628 17.152
17 51 united_kingdom James Calado 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 22 1'57.268 17.792
18 71 united_kingdom Sam Bird 
italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 20 1'57.892 18.416
19 98 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 22 1'58.691 19.215
20 61 ireland Matt Griffin 
singapore Mok Weng Sun 
japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 26 1'59.083 19.607
21 91 austria Richard Lietz 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 27 1'59.540 20.064
22 54 italy Francesco Castellacci 
spain Miguel Molina 
switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 24 1'59.544 20.068
23 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner 
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam 
brazil Daniel Serra 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 26 1'59.591 20.115
24 95 denmark Marco Sorensen 
denmark Nicki Thiim 
new_zealand Richie Stanaway 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 27 1'59.597 20.121
25 92 denmark Michael Christensen 
france Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 19 1'59.685 20.209
26 77 germany Christian Ried 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Marvin Dienst 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 25 1'59.840 20.364
27 86 united_kingdom Michael Wainwright 
united_kingdom Ben Barker 
united_kingdom Nick Foster 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 23 2'02.353 22.877
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