Hartley leads way for Porsche in Friday practice

Hartley in the leading Porsche
Hartley in the leading Porsche

The No.1 Porsche 919 Hybrid led the way in the first 90-minute Free Practice session in round 8 of the World Endurance championship at Shanghai as Brendon Hartley claimed best lap in both FP1 and FP2

The No.8 Audi R18 was second with Lucas Di Grassi at the wheel.

Toyota Gazoo Racing was third and fourth as No.5 beat the No.6 TS 050 HYBRID.

There was a gearbox problem for the No.7 Audi R18 that confined Lotterer, Fassler and Treluyer car to just 14 laps in FP1

The points leading No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid also suffered technical problems and misses most of session

Pit Lane
Pit Lane

Rebellion Racing beat By Kolles team in the close LMP1 Privateer category contest

Fuji victors G-Drive Racing topped the LMP2 class as Will Stevens set a fast lap to head No.36 Signatech Alpine

Third in LMP2 was the No.27 SMP Racing BR01

The AF Corse Ferrari was fastest in LMGTE Pro as early time by Gianmaria Bruni was good enough to outpace the Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR

Ford are third as Olivier Pla set a best of 2m03.910 in no.66 Ford GT. The top three were covered by just 0.2s

Porsche Report

The Porsche Team with the two 919 Hybrids in general had a positive first day of practice for the eighth out of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Shanghai. The reigning World Champions, Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), were fastest in both of the two 90-minute free practice sessions on the 5.451 kilometer long Chinese Formula One circuit. Hartley set the fastest lap of the day in the afternoon with a time of 1:44.594 minutes. The championship leaders, Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE), in the sister car nearly completely missed the morning session because of a precautionary battery change. They came third in the afternoon session with Marc Lieb setting their fastest lap time (1:46.264 minutes). The six drivers with the two Le Mans Prototypes completed a total of 122 laps in constantly dry and mild conditions.

The Weissach based LMP1 team is hoping for an early win for its second consecutive world championship title in Shanghai. To secure the manufacturers' trophy Porsche, which currently has a 59-point advantage, needs this to be at least 44 points at the end of the weekend.

Team Principal Andreas Seidl said: "It was a solid first day for us. We were testing various set-up options and made some steps in the right direction. Our lap times were competitive on single fast laps as well as on long runs. Unfortunately, we lost an hour of running time with car number 2 in the first session. Because not all parameters of the high voltage battery were as expected, we did a precautionary battery change. This loss of track time is certainly a disadvantage for these three guys and they are not happy with the car's set-up yet. Now we have to draw the right conclusions from today's results and prepare both cars for tomorrow in the best possible way."

LMP1 qualifying will be held on Saturday from 14:00-14:20 hrs local time. The six-hour race starts on Sunday at 11:00 hrs (04:00 hrs in central Europe).

Quotes after Free Practice:

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 1
Timo Bernhard (35, Germany): "In the second session we had a small problem that cost us some 15 minutes, but afterwards we managed to get the most out of the session and did a lot of set-up work for the race. We got a better understanding for the tires and got several parameters right in their operational window. The track has improved, but is still very dirty. Again the tires tend to pick up lots of dirt, which may lead to a complex race. We have tried several things and now we have to put together all the various parts of the puzzle. I think this has always been a strength of ours."

Brendon Hartley (26, New Zealand): "In the morning we did longer runs and our lap times looked quite promising. In the second session Mark and I did a qualifying simulation, which was also good. Afterwards Timo continued with the race preparations."

Mark Webber (40, Australia): "We have had a smooth day. The lap time from our qualifying simulation obviously looks nice. One minute 44 seconds is a really quick lap time here in Shanghai."

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 2
Romain Dumas (38, France): "The car's set-up is not the optimum yet, but it is okay to drive. To improve traction we can do some more work on the set-up. There's quite some traffic out there, and lap times always depend on where on the lap you get the traffic. Overall I'm quite confident."

Neel Jani (32, Switzerland): "We have had a bit of a difficult start to the weekend, because we almost didn't drive in the first free practice session. That meant we had to do some sort of emergency program in terms of race preparation in the second session. We want to improve a few things on the car."

Marc Lieb (36, Ludwigsburg): "Even in the second session I found there was still relatively low grip on the track. The tires show an extreme performance peak here. In other words, new ones turn quite quickly into old ones. Because of the time we lost in the morning we are behind with our program, but, other than that, after the battery change everything was fine."

Results FP1

Pos No. Cat Driver Car Laps Behind Gap Time
1 1 LMP1 Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid 35 +0.000s +0.000s 1:46.781
2 8 LMP1 Lucas DI GRASSI, Loic DUVAL, Oliver JARVIS Audi R18 38 +0.198 +0.198 1:46.979
3 5 LMP1 Anthony DAVIDSON, Sebastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMA Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 39 +0.664 +0.466 1:47.445
4 6 LMP1 Stephane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY, Kamui KOBAYASHI Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 39 +0.851 +0.187 1:47.632
5 7 LMP1 Marcel FASSLER, Andre LOTTERER, Benoit Treluyer Audi R18 14 +1.046 +0.195 1:47.827
6 2 LMP1 Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid 10 +1.657 +0.611 1:48.438
7 13 LMP1 Matheo TUSCHER, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Alexandre IMPERATORI Rebellion R-One – AER 33 +5.298 +3.641 1:52.079
8 4 LMP1 Simon TRUMMER, Oliver WEBB, Pierre KAFFER CLM P1/01 – AER 30 +6.375 +1.077 1:53.156
9 26 LMP2 Roman RUSINOV, Will STEVENS, Alex BRUNDLE Oreca 05 – Nissan 34 +9.172 +2.797 1:55.953
10 36 LMP2 Gustavo MENEZES, Nicolas LAPIERRE, Stephane RICHELMI Alpine A460 – Nissan 35 +9.327 +0.155 1:56.108
11 27 LMP2 Nicolas MINASSIAN, Maurizio MEDIANI, Mikhail ALESHIN BR01 – Nissan 37 +9.609 +0.282 1:56.390
12 43 LMP2 Ricardo GONZALEZ, Filipe ALBUQUERQUE, Bruno SENNA LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan 32 +9.755 +0.146 1:56.536
13 35 LMP2 David CHENG, Ho-Pin TUNG, Paul Loup CHATIN Alpine A460 – Nissan 29 +10.108 +0.353 1:56.889
14 31 LMP2 Ryan DALZIEL, Luis Felipe DERANI, Christopher CUMMING LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan 29 +10.296 +0.188 1:57.077
15 44 LMP2 Matthew RAO, Richard BRADLEY, Alex LYNN Oreca 05 – Nissan 31 +10.344 +0.048 1:57.125
16 30 LMP2 Antonio GIOVINAZZI, Tom BLOMQVIST, Sean GELAEL LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan 38 +10.551 +0.207 1:57.332
17 45 LMP2 Tor GRAVES, Roberto GONZALEZ, Mathias BECHE Oreca 05 – Nissan 34 +11.033 +0.482 1:57.814
18 37 LMP2 Vitaly PETROV, Kirill LADYGIN, Victor SHAITAR BR01 – Nissan 29 +11.065 +0.032 1:57.846
19 51 LMGTE Pro Gianmaria BRUNI, James CALADO, Ferrari 488 GTE 36 +16.971 +5.906 2:03.752
20 77 LMGTE Pro Richard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN, Porsche 911 RSR (2016) 31 +17.086 +0.115 2:03.867
21 66 LMGTE Pro Stefan MÃœCKE, Olivier PLA, Ford GT 27 +17.129 +0.043 2:03.910
22 95 LMGTE Pro Nicki THIIM, Marco SØRENSEN, Aston Martin Vantage V8 32 +17.315 +0.186 2:04.096
23 71 LMGTE Pro Davide RIGON, Sam BIRD, Ferrari 488 GTE 35 +17.327 +0.012 2:04.108
24 97 LMGTE Pro Richie STANAWAY, Darren TURNER, Aston Martin Vantage V8 34 +17.568 +0.241 2:04.349
25 67 LMGTE Pro Andy PRIAULX, Harry TINCKNELL, Ford GT 33 +17.706 +0.138 2:04.487
26 98 LMGTE Am Paul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDA Aston Martin Vantage V8 35 +17.722 +0.016 2:04.503
27 78 LMGTE Am Christian RIED, Wolf HENZLER, Joël CAMATHIAS Porsche 911 RSR 34 +18.794 +1.072 2:05.575
28 88 LMGTE Am Khaled AL QUBAISI, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON, Patrick LONG Porsche 911 RSR 36 +18.909 +0.115 2:05.690
29 83 LMGTE Am François PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia 34 +19.320 +0.411 2:06.101
30 86 LMGTE Am Michael WAINWRIGHT, Adam CARROLL, Benjamin BARKER Porsche 911 RSR 35 +19.324 +0.004 2:06.105
31 50 LMGTE Am Pierre RAGUES, Ricky TAYLOR, Romain BRANDELA Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 33 +19.522 +0.198 2:06.303

Results FP2

Pos No. Cat Driver Car Laps Behind Gap. Time
1 1 LMP1 Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid 33 +0.000s- +0.000s- 1:44.594
2 8 LMP1 Lucas DI GRASSI, Loic DUVAL, Oliver JARVIS Audi R18 42 +1.617 +1.617 1:46.211
3 2 LMP1 Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid 44 +1.670 +0.053 1:46.264
4 5 LMP1 Anthony DAVIDSON, Sebastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMA Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 31 +2.218 +0.548 1:46.812
5 7 LMP1 Marcel FASSLER, Andre LOTTERER, Benoit Treluyer Audi R18 35 +2.558 +0.340 1:47.152
6 6 LMP1 Stephane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY, Kamui KOBAYASHI Toyota TS050 – Hybrid 38 +3.266 +0.708 1:47.860
7 4 LMP1 Simon TRUMMER, Oliver WEBB, Pierre KAFFER CLM P1/01 – AER 16 +7.317 +4.051 1:51.911
8 13 LMP1 Matheo TUSCHER, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Alexandre IMPERATORI Rebellion R-One – AER 42 +7.944 +0.627 1:52.538
9 26 LMP2 Roman RUSINOV, Will STEVENS, Alex BRUNDLE Oreca 05 – Nissan 34 +10.033 +2.089 1:54.627
10 44 LMP2 Matthew RAO, Richard BRADLEY, Alex LYNN Oreca 05 – Nissan 33 +10.262 +0.229 1:54.856
11 45 LMP2 Tor GRAVES, Roberto GONZALEZ, Mathias BECHE Oreca 05 – Nissan 37 +10.434 +0.172 1:55.028
12 43 LMP2 Ricardo GONZALEZ, Filipe ALBUQUERQUE, Bruno SENNA LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan 32 +10.672 +0.238 1:55.266
13 36 LMP2 Gustavo MENEZES, Nicolas LAPIERRE, Stephane RICHELMI Alpine A460 – Nissan 36 +10.909 +0.237 1:55.503
14 31 LMP2 Ryan DALZIEL, Luis Felipe DERANI, Christopher CUMMING LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan 35 +11.133 +0.224 1:55.727
15 30 LMP2 Antonio GIOVINAZZI, Tom BLOMQVIST, Sean GELAEL LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan 35 +11.375 +0.242 1:55.969
16 27 LMP2 Nicolas MINASSIAN, Maurizio MEDIANI, Mikhail ALESHIN BR01 – Nissan 37 +11.930 +0.555 1:56.524
17 37 LMP2 Vitaly PETROV, Kirill LADYGIN, Victor SHAITAR BR01 – Nissan 30 +11.936 +0.006 1:56.530
18 35 LMP2 David CHENG, Ho-Pin TUNG, Paul Loup CHATIN Alpine A460 – Nissan 39 +12.803 +0.867 1:57.397
19 51 LMGTE Pro Gianmaria BRUNI, James CALADO, Ferrari 488 GTE 33 +17.887 +5.084 2:02.481
20 71 LMGTE Pro Davide RIGON, Sam BIRD, Ferrari 488 GTE 37 +18.147 +0.260 2:02.741
21 66 LMGTE Pro Stefan MÃœCKE, Olivier PLA, Ford GT 21 +19.101 +0.954 2:03.695
22 97 LMGTE Pro Richie STANAWAY, Darren TURNER, Aston Martin Vantage V8 38 +19.289 +0.188 2:03.883
23 95 LMGTE Pro Nicki THIIM, Marco SØRENSEN, Aston Martin Vantage V8 37 +19.569 +0.280 2:04.163
24 67 LMGTE Pro Andy PRIAULX, Harry TINCKNELL, Ford GT 33 +19.724 +0.155 2:04.318
25 77 LMGTE Pro Richard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN, Porsche 911 RSR (2016) 31 +20.539 +0.815 2:05.133
26 88 LMGTE Am Khaled AL QUBAISI, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON, Patrick LONG Porsche 911 RSR 37 +20.834 +0.295 2:05.428
27 78 LMGTE Am Christian RIED, Wolf HENZLER, Joël CAMATHIAS Porsche 911 RSR 36 +20.967 +0.133 2:05.561
28 98 LMGTE Am Paul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDA Aston Martin Vantage V8 36 +21.004 +0.037 2:05.598
29 86 LMGTE Am Michael WAINWRIGHT, Adam CARROLL, Ben BARKER Porsche 911 RSR 30 +21.008 +0.004 2:05.602
30 83 LMGTE Am François PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia 37 +22.296 +1.288 2:06.890
31 50 LMGTE Am Pierre RAGUES, Ricky TAYLOR, Romain BRANDELA Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 32 +23.007 +0.711 2:07.601

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