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Lopez tops timesheets for Toyota; Aston Martin on top in LMGTE Pro
#7 Toyota quickest in practice 2
#7 Toyota quickest in practice 2

Jose Maria Lopez led a 1-2 for Toyota Gazoo Racing in Wednesday evening practice for this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at Sebring.

The Argentinian’s time of 1:41.730 in the second 90-minute session put the No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid on top of the timing sheets.

Fernando Alonso set the No. 8 car’s quickest time during the night running after recovering from a harmless spin in Turn 1 early in his stint, with the two-time Formula 1 champion’s late 1:42.262 around half a second shy of Lopez.

Behind the Toyotas, SMP Racing’s two BR Engineering BR1 AERs out-paced the pair of Rebellion R13 Gibsons, with Stephane Sarrazin and Brendon Hartley setting the best times in the Russian-entered prototypes.

In GTE-Pro, Aston Martin Racing’s new-generation Vantage GTE with Alex Lynn setting the best time of the evening session.

Lynn posted a time of 1:57.592 which has become the new fastest of the weekend, putting the No. 97 Aston 0.033 seconds clear of the No. 67 Ford GT in second.

LMP2 was led by the No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson with Stephane Richelmi at the helm, while Ben Barker paced the GTE-Am field in the Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR.

A third Free Practice session is scheduled to take place on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. EST (8:15 p.m. GMT).

Toyota Quotes

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “It was okay today; we were adapting to the circuit conditions and getting the car dialled in during the night. It felt okay but there was a lot of traffic so I didn’t get any clear laps. Still, that’s all good learning for the race. It’s more wild here at night because the circuit is quite narrow and when cars drop a wheel off the track there is so much dust. It will look good on the onboard camera!”

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “We were well-prepared following our tests so the first day of practice went well. We faced different track conditions, with more cars out there and different categories running earlier in the day. So we need to adapt as the conditions change. It’s a good start but we will be working hard to find more performance for the rest of the event.”

Jose María Lopez (TS050 HYBRID #7): “It went well today. I am getting used to the track and I felt comfortable. There was more traffic today and the track is dirtier so it was nearly impossible to get clean laps. The circuit has changed a lot compared to a few weeks ago. I am trying to get a good feeling with the car and get prepared for the race, which is the most important thing.”

Alonso gets in the #8 Toyota
Alonso gets in the #8 Toyota
Sebastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “I did a lot of laps today. I missed the weekend test so it was important to do a lot of running and I am happy with how it went. It’s totally different to our test last month; there is so much more traffic. I got some night running which was important because here that is very difficult; it’s very dark and therefore tricky to drive in the night. We will analyse the data and hopefully improve our set-up.”

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was difficult today because the conditions were quite different to our test at the weekend due to the wind direction change and other things. At least we had a productive day with two clean sessions. The most important point was the night session. You can never have enough running in this situation but we have some experience now for qualifying and the race.”

Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8): “Obviously with a lot more cars on track the traffic was a lot heavier than during our test, and on top of that the track conditions were different so we worked on fine-tuning the set-up. It was another positive and trouble-free day; I am happy with that. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow when the real competitive action starts.”

Practice 2 Results

17M. Conway/K. Kobayashi/J. LopezToyota TS050 – HybridLMP1 H1:41.730+0.000s +0.000s
28S. Buemi/K. Nakajima/F. AlonsoToyota TS050 – HybridLMP1 H1:42.262+0.532+0.532
317S. Sarrazin/E. Orudzhev/S. SirotkinBR Engineering BR1 - AER LMP11:43.009+1.279+0.747
411M. Aleshin/V. Petrov/B. HartleyBR Engineering BR1 - AER LMP11:43.019+1.289+0.010
53N. Berthon/T. Laurent/G. MenezesRebellion R13 - Gibson LMP11:43.362+1.632+0.343
61N. Jani/M. Beche/B. SennaRebellion R13 - Gibson LMP11:44.064+2.334+0.702
710H. Hedman/B. Hanley/R. Van Der ZandeBR Engineering BR1 - GibLMP11:46.050+4.320+1.986
838H. Tung/G. Aubry/S. RichelmiOreca 07 - Gibson LMP21:47.716+5.986+1.666
936N. Lapierre/A. Negrao/P. ThirietAlpine A470 - Gibson LMP21:48.213+6.483+0.497
1028F. Perrodo/M. Vaxiviere/L. DuvalOreca 07 - Gibson LMP21:48.316+6.586+0.103
1137D. Heinemeier-Hansson/J. King/W. StevensOreca 07 - Gibson LMP21:49.119+7.389+0.803
1250E. Creed/R. Ricci/G. JeannetteLigier JSP217 - Gibson LMP21:50.463+8.733+1.344
1331R. Gonzalez/P. Maldonado/A. DavidsonOreca 07 - Gibson LMP21:50.497+8.767+0.034
1429F. Van Eerd/G. Van Der Garde/N. De VriesDallara P217 Gibson LMP21:53.842+12.112 +3.345
1597A. Lynn/M. MartinAston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE Pro1:57.792+16.062 +3.950
1667A. Priaulx/H. Tincknell/J. BomaritoFord GT LMGTE Pro1:57.825+16.095 +0.033
1766S. Mücke/O. Pla/B. JohnsonFord GT LMGTE Pro1:57.961+16.231 +0.136
1851A. Pier Guidi/J. Calado/D. SerraFerrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE Pro1:58.063+16.333 +0.102
1995M. Sørensen/N. Thiim/D. TurnerAston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE Pro1:58.098+16.368 +0.035
2092M. Christensen/K. EstrePorsche 911 RSR LMGTE Pro1:58.388+16.658 +0.290
2191R. Lietz/G. BruniPorsche 911 RSR LMGTE Pro1:58.447+16.717 +0.059
2271D. Rigon/S. Bird/M. MolinaFerrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE Pro1:58.622+16.892 +0.175
2382A. Farfus/A. Da Costa/B. SpenglerBMW M8 GTE LMGTE Pro1:58.706+16.976 +0.084
2481M. Tomczyk/N. Catsburg/A. SimsBMW M8 GTE LMGTE Pro1:58.731+17.001 +0.025
2563J. Magnussen/A. Garcia/M. RockenfellerChevrolet Corvette C7.R LMGTE Pro1:58.795+17.065 +0.064
2686M. Wainwright/B. Barker/T. PreiningPorsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am1:59.327+17.597 +0.532
2754T. Flohr/F. Castellacci/G. FisichellaFerrari F488 GTE LMGTE Am1:59.407+17.677 +0.080
2888G. Roda/G. Roda Jr/M. CairoliPorsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am1:59.457+17.727 +0.050
2961L. Perez-Companc/M. Cressoni/M. GriffinFerrari F488 GTE LMGTE Am1:59.549+17.819 +0.092
3098P. Dalla Lana/P. Lamy/M. LaudaAston Martin Vantage LMGTE Am1:59.778+18.048 +0.229
3170M. Ishikawa/O. Beretta/E. CheeverFerrari F488 GTE LMGTE Am1:59.853+18.123 +0.075
3277C. Ried/J. Andlauer/M. CampbellPorsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am2:00.136+18.406 +0.283
3356J. Bergmeister/P. Lindsey/E. PerfettiPorsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am2:00.156+18.426 +0.020
3490S. Yoluc/J. Adam/C. EastwoodAston Martin Vantage LMGTE Am2:00.789+19.059 +0.633


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