Ferrari AF Corse’s pair of 499Ps topped the times in the second practice session of the FIA WEC meeting at Spa this afternoon, the #51 finishing up 1.2 seconds quicker than the #50 sister car after a 2:01.871 from Antonio Giovanazzi. It’s the fastest time of the weekend so far, and almost a second quicker than last year’s pole time.
Third in the times during what turned out to be an incident-filled session, disrupted by two red flags and three full-course yellows, was the #2 Cadillac Racing V-Series.R, which set a best time of 2:03.338. The quickest of the Toyotas was the FP1-topping #8, which slotted in fourth with a 2:04.380.
It was a messy 90 minutes for more than one of the Hypercar teams. Porsche Penske Motorsport’s pair of 963s managed a combined seven laps after issues early in the running. The #5 stopped on the Kemmel Straight at the hands of Dane Cameron with a driveshaft issue, while the No. 6 had a hybrid system failure at La Source which required a reset. Neither car would go on to set more laps after their respective issues.
The most significant incident though came with 14 minutes remaining in the session, when the #21 and #54 GTE Am class Ferrari 488s had a huge off at Raidillon. The cars, driven by Diego Alessi and Thomas Flohr respectively, were damaged severely after contact with the barriers on driver’s right.
In LMP2 Team WRT’s #31 ORECA set the pace with a 2:06.108 from Robin Frijns, who was quicker than the six of the 13 Hypercar class cars.
United Autosports #22 and the #41 sister WRT ORECA completed the top three with times four and five-tenths off the Dutchman.
The #54 AF Corse Ferrari, which was damaged in the Raidillon incident, led GTE Am with a 2:15.736 from Davide Rigon. The #57 Kessel Ferrari and GR Racing Porsche finished the day second and third.
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