Alonso fastest at Fuji

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso

Toyota’s Fernando Alonso topped the times in the second free practice at Fuji for the 6-hour WEC round

The Spanish ace set a session best time of 1m23.973s in the No.8 Toyota TS 050 HYBRID to beat the sister No.7 Toyota by 1.095s

Rebellion Racing lead the chase of the Toyotas with Thomas Laurent setting best lap of 1m25.697s in No.3 R13-Gibson.

Jenson Button and his teammates Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin place fourth in No.11 SMP run BR1-AER

Aston Martin headed LMGTE Pros with Nicki Thiim fastest at 1m37.659s in No.95 Aston Martin

Ford placed second with Harry Tincknell in No.67 Ford GT with a lap time of 1m37.821s

LMGTE Am saw 1-2 for Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche.

Toyota Quotes

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “The day went well; we went through our programme and tried out various changes. It’s always tricky here to find the right set-up because the first two sectors are quite fast but the final sector is tight and twisty so it’s hard to get the balance right all the way around. It’s always the challenge here so we will keep plugging away to get it right for qualifying and the race."

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “We had some red flags in both sessions so we didn’t have the full track time, which can happen sometimes. We were working hard to find a good balance of the car and we still have some work to do. We tried to do our best to find a good solution so we have a lot of data and now we will improve the car and push hard tomorrow."

Jose Maria Lopez (TS050 HYBRID #7): “I would have preferred to run a little more especially in the dry because I didn’t experience this track in dry conditions last year. Overall it went pretty well and my fast lap was good despite some traffic. We are not 100% happy with the balance so we need to keep working. At the moment we are a little bit back from our sister car but we will work to close that gap."

Buemi ready to practice
Buemi ready to practice

Sebastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It is always good to be back in the car after such a long time and it was a clean day from our side. We did quite a few laps and I’m happy with what I’ve seen; I hope we can build on this. It will be a close fight with car 7 so I am looking forward to qualifying and the race. Hopefully we will have some more dry running; that would be very good. "

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “I am happy to come back to Fuji again and this year it is particularly special after our Le Mans win. Everything went quite smoothly apart from the red flags so I am happy. Even though we had a shortened session, our car felt quite strong. We were working on different things and generally we had a good feeling with the car which is a positive sign for the race."

Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It went fine today. Obviously with the yellow and red flags we are a bit down on the number of laps we had wanted, especially for my first time in WEC at Fuji. It has been a positive day in terms of car balance. We did some small fine-tuning but the baseline was very good so I’m happy with the car and how things are going. So let’s hope for another trouble-free day tomorrow. "

Practice 1 Times

POS CLASS DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso Toyota 1m25.847s 43
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota 1m26.381s 0.534s 44
3 LMP1 M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.Button BR Engineering/AER 1m26.890s 1.043s 23
4 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna Rebellion/Gibson 1m27.151s 1.304s 44
5 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev, M.Isaakyan BR Engineering/AER 1m27.635s 1.788s 36
6 LMP1 M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.Menezes Rebellion/Gibson 1m27.916s 2.069s 37
7 LMP1 J.Allen, B.Hanley BR Engineering/Gibson 1m29.088s 3.241s 40
8 LMP1 O.Webb, T.Dillmann, J.Rossiter ENSO CLM/NISMO 1m29.250s 3.403s 26
9 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, J-E.Vergne ORECA/Gibson 1m30.360s 4.513s 45
10 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.Richelmi ORECA/Gibson 1m31.605s 5.758s 39
11 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.Davidson ORECA/Gibson 1m31.705s 5.858s 45
12 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Dallara/Gibson 1m31.708s 5.861s 40
13 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet Alpine/Gibson 1m31.926s 6.079s 44
14 LMP2 J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.Jeffri ORECA/Gibson 1m31.965s 6.118s 42
15 LMP2 E.Creed, R.Ricci, K.Ihara Ligier/Gibson 1m34.342s 8.495s 38
16 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford 1m38.555s 12.708s 33
17 GTE Pro R.Lietz, G.Bruni Porsche 1m38.819s 12.972s 42
18 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche 1m38.996s 13.149s 29
19 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford 1m39.387s 13.540s 33
20 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado Ferrari 1m39.420s 13.573s 31
21 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin 1m39.422s 13.575s 38
22 GTE Pro T.Blomqvist, A.F.da Costa BMW 1m39.626s 13.779s 36
23 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird Ferrari 1m39.660s 13.813s 38
24 GTE Pro M.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg BMW 1m39.715s 13.868s 30
25 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin 1m39.763s 13.916s 43
26 GTE Am C.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.Campbell Porsche 1m39.925s 14.078s 38
27 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin 1m40.125s 14.278s 44
28 GTE Am S.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.Eastwood Aston Martin 1m40.139s 14.292s 43
29 GTE Am S.Hoshino, G.Roda, M.Cairoli Porsche 1m40.232s 14.385s 39
30 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, T.Preining Porsche 1m40.469s 14.622s 37
31 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Ferrari 1m40.694s 14.847s 39
32 GTE Am J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti Porsche 1m40.787s 14.940s 8
33 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever Ferrari 1m40.870s 15.023s 39
34 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella Ferrari 1m40.980s 15.133s 42

Practice 2 Times

POS CLASS DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.Alonso Toyota 1m23.973s 30
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota 1m25.068s 1.095s 29
3 LMP1 M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.Menezes Rebellion/Gibson 1m25.697s 1.724s 22
4 LMP1 M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.Button BR Engineering/AER 1m25.801s 1.828s 27
5 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.Senna Rebellion/Gibson 1m25.931s 1.958s 29
6 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev, M.Isaakyan BR Engineering/AER 1m27.664s 3.691s 27
7 LMP1 O.Webb, T.Dillmann, J.Rossiter ENSO CLM/NISMO 1m28.209s 4.236s 26
8 LMP1 J.Allen, B.Hanley BR Engineering/Gibson 1m28.914s 4.941s 16
9 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.Thiriet Alpine/Gibson 1m30.410s 6.437s 28
10 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.Richelmi ORECA/Gibson 1m30.842s 6.869s 24
11 LMP2 J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.Jeffri ORECA/Gibson 1m30.990s 7.017s 28
12 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, J-E.Vergne ORECA/Gibson 1m31.040s 7.067s 29
13 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Dallara/Gibson 1m31.259s 7.286s 28
14 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.Davidson ORECA/Gibson 1m31.995s 8.022s 21
15 LMP2 E.Creed, R.Ricci, K.Ihara Ligier/Gibson 1m32.736s 8.763s 27
16 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin 1m37.659s 13.686s 21
17 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford 1m37.821s 13.848s 25
18 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird Ferrari 1m38.041s 14.068s 26
19 GTE Pro R.Lietz, G.Bruni Porsche 1m38.053s 14.080s 24
20 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche 1m38.081s 14.108s 26
21 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford 1m38.179s 14.206s 28
22 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado Ferrari 1m38.248s 14.275s 26
23 GTE Pro M.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg BMW 1m38.388s 14.415s 27
24 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin 1m38.477s 14.504s 24
25 GTE Pro T.Blomqvist, A.F.da Costa BMW 1m38.504s 14.531s 28
26 GTE Am S.Hoshino, G.Roda, M.Cairoli Porsche 1m38.989s 15.016s 26
27 GTE Am C.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.Campbell Porsche 1m39.152s 15.179s 23
28 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Ferrari 1m39.295s 15.322s 23
29 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella Ferrari 1m39.410s 15.437s 25
30 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.Cheever Ferrari 1m39.559s 15.586s 24
31 GTE Am J.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.Perfetti Porsche 1m39.712s 15.739s 27
32 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, T.Preining Porsche 1m39.930s 15.957s 25
33 GTE Am S.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.Eastwood Aston Martin 1m40.181s 16.208s 26
34 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin 1m40.429s 16.456s 25

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