WEC Shanghai Free Practice 2: Toyota and Ferrari on top

Mike Conway tops both sessions on Friday
Mike Conway tops both sessions on Friday

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing completed an encouraging opening day in China by setting the fastest lap time in practice for the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the penultimate round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez were quickest of all with their lap time in second practice, just 0.279secs slower than the 2016 pole position.

Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, who won the previous race at Fuji Speedway in the #8 TS050 HYBRID, were second fastest as they seek a fourth victory of the season.

Today’s schedule was rewritten just as first practice was expected to begin when a lack of radio communication between race control and marshals caused a 90-minute delay. Despite the delay, the session was not shortened so the team could eventually get to work on a busy program of tire and set-up comparisons.

Unlike the last race in Fuji, where wet weather made such evaluations very difficult, the weather was dry throughout allowing both cars to test a range of Michelin tires, although air temperature did fall from 23°C to 17°C during the afternoon.

Shanghai International Circuit is particularly punishing on tires and this creates a challenge due to 2017 regulations which require at least one set of tires to be used for two stints during the race. Therefore it was important to establish a clear understanding of the performance and degradation of each specification of slick tire.

The #2 Porsche was 3rd quick
The #2 Porsche was 3rd quick

The No.2 Porsche third as Brendon Hartley lapped in 1m45.269s while the No.1 car was 0.3s further behind.

Nelson Piquet Jnr headed the times in LMP2 as he took the No.13 Vaillante Rebellion to P1 with a best of 1m50.556s

Points leading Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA-Gibson placed second ahead of title rivals – No.31 Vaillante Rebellion.

James Calado boosted AF Corse as he set fastest LMGTE Pro time of the day at 2m01.913s in No.51 488 GTE Ferrari.

Porsche place second with No.91 car, which trails No.71 in standings

Ford was third and fourth in session as no.66 beat the no.67 entry

Practice 2 Results

Pos Drivers No. Laps Time Behind Gap
1st Conway M. Kobayashi K. LOPEZ J. #7 39 1:44.741 +0.000s +0.000s
2nd Buemi S. Davidson A. Nakajima K. #8 40 1:45.131 +0.390 +0.390
3rd Bernhard T. Bamber E. Hartley B. #2 35 1:45.269 +0.528 +0.138
4th Jani N. Lotterer A. Tandy N. #1 39 1:45.616 +0.875 +0.347
5th Beche M. Heinemeier Hansson D. Piquet Jr N. #13 34 1:50.556 +5.815 +4.940
6th Tung H. Jarvis O. Laurent T. #38 29 1:50.884 +6.143 +0.328
7th Canal J. Prost N. Senna B. #31 35 1:50.946 +6.205 +0.062
8th Rao M. Hanley B. VERGNE J. #24 43 1:50.993 +6.252 +0.047
9th Lapierre N. Menezes G. Negrao A. #36 42 1:51.003 +6.262 +0.010
10th Cheng D. Brundle A. Gommendy T. #37 38 1:51.410 +6.669 +0.407
11th Rusinov R. Roussel L. MULLER N. #26 42 1:51.666 +6.925 +0.256
12th GONZALEZ R. Trummer S. Petrov V. #25 39 1:52.096 +7.355 +0.430
13th Perrodo F. VAXIVIERE M. Collard E. #28 40 1:52.234 +7.493 +0.138
14th Calado J. Pier Guidi A. #51 27 2:01.913 +17.172 +9.679
15th Lietz R. Makowiecki F. #91 38 2:02.539 +17.798 +0.626
16th Mucke S. Pla O. #66 39 2:02.724 +17.983 +0.185
17th Priaulx A. Tincknell H. #67 37 2:02.939 +18.198 +0.215
18th Christensen M. Estre K. #92 39 2:03.147 +18.406 +0.208
19th Ried C. Cairoli M. DIENST M. #77 39 2:03.353 +18.612 +0.206
20th Dalla lana P. Lamy P. Lauda M. #98 39 2:03.684 +18.943 +0.331
21st Thiim N. SORENSEN M. #95 39 2:03.765 +19.024 +0.081
22nd MOK W. SAWA K. Griffin M. #61 35 2:04.040 +19.299 +0.275
23rd Al Qubaisi K. Barker B. Foster N. #86 35 2:04.117 +19.376 +0.077
24th Turner D. Adam J. #97 39 2:04.269 +19.528 +0.152
25th Rigon D. Bird S. #71 28 2:04.293 +19.552 +0.024
26th Flohr T. Castellacci F. MOLINA M. #54 36 2:04.602 +19.861 +0.309

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