WEC: Toyotas top Practice 1 and 2 at Portimao

Kamui Kobayashi continued Toyota’s strong form in Portimao after topping second practice for this weekend’s World Endurance Championship round ahead of team-mate Ryo Hirakawa.

Sebastien Buemi claimed the fastest lap of the opening 90-minute practice session at Portimao this morning.

# 7 Toyota Hypercar
Porsche 963, Porsche Penske Motorsport (#5), Dane Cameron (USA), Michael Christensen (DK), Frederic Makowiecki (F) leads the #7 Toyota

After Sebastien Buemi had led the way in first practice aboard the #8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID, Kobayashi took up the early running aboard the #7 machine with a 1m32.155s.

Buemi, who won the 2021 WEC race held at the same circuit with then teammates Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley, scorched to a best lap of 1m32.792s.

The World Champions began the season with a dominant one-two victory against a record Hypercar field in the first round at Sebring four weeks ago, and the team built on that by setting the practice pace at Portimão.

WEC 6H of Portimao

Single lap times were, however, not the priority. Victory in round one was built on meticulous preparation, development of competitive race set-ups and an in-depth understanding of tire characteristics, and those factors were the focus of practice in Portugal as the team seeks a repeat performance.

An intense program of adjusting the updated GR010 HYBRID to the demands of the 4.653km circuit on its first visit to Portimão since last April 2022 began on a sunny, windy morning with air temperatures of 14°C.

3rd Quick in FP2 – The #50 Ferrari 499P in Portimão for the second round of the FIA WEC

Gabriel Aubry claimed the top spot in LMP2 with a 1m34.609s aboard his Vector Sport ORECA-Gibson 07

Ferrari swept the top three positions in GTE Am, as Daniel Serra repeated his FP1 form aboard the Kessel Racing 488 GTE Evo.

Practice 1 Results

Pos No. Drivers Car Class Laps Time Behind Gap
1 8 Sébastien Buemi
Brendon Hartley
Ryo Hirakawa
Toyota GR010 – Hybrid HYPERCAR 43 1’32.792 0.000 0.000
2 7 Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota GR010 – Hybrid HYPERCAR 43 1’33.176 0.384 0.384
3 51 Alessandro Pier Guidi
James Calado
Antonio Giovinazzi
Ferrari 499P HYPERCAR 35 1’33.453 0.661 0.277
4 50 Antonio Fuoco
Miguel Molina
Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 499P HYPERCAR 40 1’33.569 0.777 0.116
5 5 Dane Cameron
Michael Christensen
Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 963 HYPERCAR 36 1’33.688 0.896 0.119
6 6 Kevin Estre
Andre Lotterer
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 963 HYPERCAR 37 1’33.792 1.000 0.104
7 2 Earl Bamber
Alex Lynn
Richard Westbrook
Cadillac V-Series.R HYPERCAR 23 1’34.107 1.315 0.315
8 94 Loic Duval
Gustavo Menezes
Nico Müller
Peugeot 9X8 HYPERCAR 40 1’34.523 1.731 0.416
9 63 Doriane Pin
Mirko Bortolotti
Daniil Kvyat
Oreca 07 LMP2 41 1’34.542 1.750 0.019
10 9 Filip Ugran
Juan Manuel Correa
Bent Viscaal
Oreca 07 LMP2 38 1’34.884 2.092 0.342
11 34 Jakub Smiechowski
Fabio Scherer
Albert Costa
Oreca 07 LMP2 41 1’34.920 2.128 0.036
12 93 Paul di Resta
Mikkel Jensen
Jean-Eric Vergne
Peugeot 9X8 HYPERCAR 26 1’35.033 2.241 0.113
13 23 Josh Pierson
Giedo van der Garde
Oliver Jarvis
Oreca 07 LMP2 41 1’35.035 2.243 0.002
14 41 Rui Andrade
Robert Kubica
Louis Deletraz
Oreca 07 LMP2 39 1’35.042 2.250 0.007
15 22 Frederick Lubin
Philip Hanson
Ben Hanley
Oreca 07 LMP2 42 1’35.129 2.337 0.087
16 28 David Heinemeier Hansson
Pietro Fittipaldi
Oliver Rasmussen
Oreca 07 LMP2 36 1’35.212 2.420 0.083
17 48 David Beckmann
Ye Yifei
Antonio Felix da Costa
Oreca 07 LMP2 39 1’35.244 2.452 0.032
18 31 Sean Gelael
Ferdinand Habsburg
Robin Frijns
Oreca 07 LMP2 40 1’35.260 2.468 0.016
19 35 Andre Negrao
Memo Rojas
Olli Caldwell
Oreca 07 LMP2 34 1’35.293 2.501 0.033
20 4 Tom Dillmann
Esteban Guerrieri
Jacques Villeneuve
Vanwall Vandervell 680 HYPERCAR 36 1’35.309 2.517 0.016
21 36 Matthieu Vaxiviere
Julien Canal
Charles Milesi
Oreca 07 LMP2 40 1’35.442 2.650 0.133
22 708 Romain Dumas
Ryan Briscoe
Olivier Pla
Glickenhaus 007 HYPERCAR 34 1’35.496 2.704 0.054
23 10 Ryan Cullen
Matthias Kaiser
Gabriel Aubry
Oreca 07 LMP2 22 1’36.119 3.327 0.623
24 57 Takeshi Kimura
Scott Huffaker
Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 39 1’41.341 8.549 5.222
25 98 Paul Dalla Lana
Axcil Jefferies
Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 37 1’41.858 9.066 0.517
26 88 Ryan Hardwick
Zacharie Robichon
Harry Tincknell
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 36 1’41.862 9.070 0.004
27 83 Luis Perez Companc
Lilou Wadoux
Alessio Rovera
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 38 1’41.885 9.093 0.023
28 33 Ben Keating
Nicolas Varrone
Nick Catsburg
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R LMGTE AM 35 1’41.896 9.104 0.011
29 56 Miguel Pedro
Guilherme Moura
Matteo Cairoli
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 38 1’41.940 9.148 0.044
30 85 Sarah Bovy
Michelle Gatting
Rahel Frey
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 34 1’41.944 9.152 0.004
31 60 Claudio Schiavoni
Matteo Cressoni
Alessio Picariello
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 36 1’42.071 9.279 0.127
32 86 Michael Wainwright
Riccardo Pera
Benjamin Barker
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 37 1’42.176 9.384 0.105
33 54 Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 38 1’42.287 9.495 0.111
34 21 Diego Alessi
Simon Mann
Ulysse De
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 40 1’42.296 9.504 0.009
35 777 Satoshi Hoshino
Casper Stevenson
Tomonobu Fujii
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 37 1’42.648 9.856 0.352
36 25 Ahmad Al Harthy
Michael Dinan
Charles Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 39 1’42.871 10.079 0.223
37 77 Christian Ried
Mikkel Pedersen
Julien Andlauer
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 34 1’42.931 10.139 0.060

 

Practice 2 Results

Pos No. Drivers Car Class Laps Time Behind Gap
1 7 Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota GR010 – Hybrid HYPERCAR 49 1’32.155 0.000 0.000
2 8 Sébastien Buemi
Brendon Hartley
Ryo Hirakawa
Toyota GR010 – Hybrid HYPERCAR 49 1’33.114 0.959 0.959
3 50 Antonio Fuoco
Miguel Molina
Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 499P HYPERCAR 49 1’33.301 1.146 0.187
4 51 Alessandro Pier Guidi
James Calado
Antonio Giovinazzi
Ferrari 499P HYPERCAR 52 1’33.431 1.276 0.130
5 94 Loic Duval
Gustavo Menezes
Nico Müller
Peugeot 9X8 HYPERCAR 32 1’33.829 1.674 0.398
6 5 Dane Cameron
Michael Christensen
Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 963 HYPERCAR 42 1’34.076 1.921 0.247
7 93 Paul di Resta
Mikkel Jensen
Jean-Eric Vergne
Peugeot 9X8 HYPERCAR 48 1’34.101 1.946 0.025
8 2 Earl Bamber
Alex Lynn
Richard Westbrook
Cadillac V-Series.R HYPERCAR 47 1’34.103 1.948 0.002
9 708 Romain Dumas
Ryan Briscoe
Olivier Pla
Glickenhaus 007 HYPERCAR 46 1’34.142 1.987 0.039
10 6 Kevin Estre
Andre Lotterer
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 963 HYPERCAR 52 1’34.356 2.201 0.214
11 10 Ryan Cullen
Matthias Kaiser
Gabriel Aubry
Oreca 07 LMP2 48 1’34.609 2.454 0.253
12 34 Jakub Smiechowski
Fabio Scherer
Albert Costa
Oreca 07 LMP2 49 1’34.691 2.536 0.082
13 4 Tom Dillmann
Esteban Guerrieri
Jacques Villeneuve
Vanwall Vandervell 680 HYPERCAR 31 1’34.745 2.590 0.054
14 63 Doriane Pin
Mirko Bortolotti
Daniil Kvyat
Oreca 07 LMP2 45 1’34.837 2.682 0.092
15 31 Sean Gelael
Ferdinand Habsburg
Robin Frijns
Oreca 07 LMP2 47 1’35.039 2.884 0.202
16 23 Josh Pierson
Giedo van der Garde
Oliver Jarvis
Oreca 07 LMP2 46 1’35.149 2.994 0.110
17 9 Filip Ugran
Juan Manuel Correa
Bent Viscaal
Oreca 07 LMP2 47 1’35.199 3.044 0.050
18 41 Rui Andrade
Robert Kubica
Louis Deletraz
Oreca 07 LMP2 46 1’35.200 3.045 0.001
19 28 David Heinemeier Hansson
Pietro Fittipaldi
Oliver Rasmussen
Oreca 07 LMP2 47 1’35.450 3.295 0.250
20 36 Matthieu Vaxiviere
Julien Canal
Charles Milesi
Oreca 07 LMP2 50 1’35.701 3.546 0.251
21 48 David Beckmann
Ye Yifei
Antonio Felix da Costa
Oreca 07 LMP2 48 1’36.018 3.863 0.317
22 22 Frederick Lubin
Philip Hanson
Ben Hanley
Oreca 07 LMP2 8 1’36.098 3.943 0.080
23 35 Andre Negrao
Memo Rojas
Olli Caldwell
Oreca 07 LMP2 45 1’36.776 4.621 0.678
24 57 Takeshi Kimura
Scott Huffaker
Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 48 1’41.209 9.054 4.433
25 83 Luis Perez Companc
Lilou Wadoux
Alessio Rovera
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 44 1’41.255 9.100 0.046
26 54 Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 46 1’41.319 9.164 0.064
27 86 Michael Wainwright
Riccardo Pera
Benjamin Barker
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 45 1’41.523 9.368 0.204
28 33 Ben Keating
Nicolas Varrone
Nick Catsburg
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R LMGTE AM 47 1’41.635 9.480 0.112
29 21 Diego Alessi
Simon Mann
Ulysse De
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 49 1’41.694 9.539 0.059
30 85 Sarah Bovy
Michelle Gatting
Rahel Frey
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 43 1’41.710 9.555 0.016
31 56 Miguel Pedro
Guilherme Moura
Matteo Cairoli
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 46 1’41.998 9.843 0.288
32 60 Claudio Schiavoni
Matteo Cressoni
Alessio Picariello
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 40 1’42.018 9.863 0.020
33 88 Ryan Hardwick
Zacharie Robichon
Harry Tincknell
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 40 1’42.065 9.910 0.047
34 25 Ahmad Al Harthy
Michael Dinan
Charles Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 44 1’42.149 9.994 0.084
35 77 Christian Ried
Mikkel Pedersen
Julien Andlauer
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 LMGTE AM 36 1’42.229 10.074 0.080
36 777 Satoshi Hoshino
Casper Stevenson
Tomonobu Fujii
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 45 1’42.314 10.159 0.085
37 98 Paul Dalla Lana
Axcil Jefferies
Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 46 1’42.673 10.518 0.359

 

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