Porsche tops WEC practice as Davidson ruled out

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Friday 2nd September, 2016 - 11:17am

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Porsche has led a 1-2 after the second 90-minute practice session in Mexico

Porsche has led a 1-2 after the second 90-minute practice session in Mexico

Porsche has speared to the top two positions in the second practice session at the 6 Hours of Mexico World Endurance Championship round.

Romain Dumas topped the session with a best lap around the 4.3km Hermanos Rodriguez circuit of 1:25.81.

The WEC points leader shaded the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber who set a 1:26.05s best as the championship tackled the Mexico City track for the first time.

Lucas di Grassi was third quickest in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro in 1:26.052s.

The session was brought to a premature end when the Nissan-powered SMP Racing LMP2 machine of Victor Shaitar stopped on the circuit.

LMP2 was topped by the Bruno Senna/Filipe Albuquerque Ligier-Nissan while the Nicki Thiim/Marco Sorensen headed the GTE Pro ranks in the #95 Aston Martin Vantage V8.

Michael Wainwright was fastest in GTE Am in the Gulf Porsche 911 RSR.

Meanwhile British driver Anthony Davidson will sit out the weekend after failing to recover sufficiently from a rib injury in testing at Magny-Cours last month.

Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima are commandeering the #5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid as a duo.

“It is disappointing to come all the way here and then not be able to race but it’s the right decision,” said Davidson.

“I wasn’t comfortable in the car this morning and there is no point to take any risks, especially with Austin coming up.

“It’s not a problem to race here with two drivers but it would be impossible in Austin due to the high temperatures.”

In the opening practice session, Marcel Fassler led an Audi one-two ahead of the Porsche pair while Buemi set the fifth fastest time.

Toyota has endured a tough start to the weekend after Stephane Sarrazin crashed heavily in the #6 TS050 forcing the team into building up a fresh car around a new monocoque.

RESULT: Practice 2

Pos State Cat Team Driver Car T Laps Gap Last lap Best lap Av speed Pits
1 2 Pit P1 Porsche Team DUMAS Romain Porsche 919 Hybrid M 51 2:58.439 1:25.810 180.6 4
2 1 Pit P1 Porsche Team WEBBER Mark Porsche 919 Hybrid M 55 0.248 2:30.470 1:26.058 180.0 3
3 8 Pit P1 Audi Sport Team Joest DI GRASSI Lucas Audi R18 M 55 0.710 1:43.562 1:26.520 179.1 3
4 7 Pit P1 Audi Sport Team Joest LOTTERER André Audi R18 M 45 0.878 2:26.788 1:26.688 178.7 4
5 5 Pit P1 Toyota Gazoo Racing BUEMI Sébastien Toyota TS050 – Hybrid M 45 0.904 3:01.429 1:26.714 178.7 5
6 13 Pit P1 Rebellion Racing KRAIHAMER Dominik Rebellion R-One – AER D 38 5.187 2:45.775 1:30.997 170.3 4
7 4 Pit P1 Bykolles Racing Team WEBB Oliver CLM P1/01 – AER D 36 5.911 2:12.581 1:31.721 168.9 6
8 43 Pit P2 RGR Sport by Morand ALBUQUERQUE Filipe LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan D 46 9.697 2:19.912 1:35.507 162.2 5
9 26 Pit P2 G-Drive Racing RAST René Oreca 05 – Nissan D 43 9.720 1:41.377 1:35.530 162.2 6
10 44 Pit P2 Manor GUERRA Alfonso Diaz Oreca 05 – Nissan D 40 10.469 2:33.307 1:36.279 160.9 6
11 35 Pit P2 Baxi DC Racing Alpine CHENG David Alpine A460 – Nissan D 36 10.645 2:46.124 1:36.455 160.6 4
12 31 Pit P2 Extreme Speed Motorsports DALZIEL Ryan LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan M 42 10.734 2:02.213 1:36.544 160.5 6
13 36 Pit P2 Signatech Alpine LAPIERRE Nicolas Alpine A460 – Nissan D 43 11.098 1:42.511 1:36.908 159.9 6
14 37 Run P2 SMP Racing SHAITAR Victor BR01 – Nissan D 39 11.171 11:26.380 1:36.981 159.8 5
15 27 Pit P2 SMP Racing MINASSIAN Nicolas BR01 – Nissan D 43 11.224 1:51.691 1:37.034 159.7 7
16 42 Pit P2 Strakka Racing WILLIAMSON Lewis Gibson 015S – Nissan D 46 11.414 1:59.412 1:37.224 159.4 6
17 41 Pit P2 Greaves Motorsport JUNQUEIRA BRUNO Gibson 015S – Nissan D 44 11.724 2:43.860 1:37.534 158.9 4
18 30 Pit P2 Extreme Speed Motorsports BROWN Ed LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan M 46 12.171 2:47.537 1:37.981 158.1 6
19 95 Pit Pro Aston Martin Racing SØRENSEN Marco Aston Martin Vantage V8 D 37 14.667 2:04.315 1:40.477 154.2 4
20 97 Pit Pro Aston Martin Racing STANAWAY Richie Aston Martin Vantage V8 D 37 14.739 2:25.203 1:40.549 154.1 7
21 51 Pit Pro AF Corse BRUNI Gianmaria Ferrari 488 GTE M 45 14.744 1:51.864 1:40.554 154.1 6
22 66 Pit Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK MÜCKE Stefan Ford GT M 37 15.717 1:46.232 1:41.527 152.6 7
23 67 Pit Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK FRANCHITTI Marino Ford GT M 43 15.754 2:03.388 1:41.564 152.6 9
24 71 Pit Pro AF Corse BIRD Sam Ferrari 488 GTE M 41 15.778 2:53.094 1:41.588 152.5 6
25 77 Pit Pro Dempsey – Proton Racing LIETZ Richard Porsche 911 RSR (2016) M 37 15.807 1:53.327 1:41.617 152.5 4
26 86 Pit Am Gulf Racing WAINWRIGHT Michael Porsche 911 RSR M 38 16.511 2:05.281 1:42.321 151.4 6
27 88 Pit Am Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing AL QUBAISI Khaled Porsche 911 RSR M 47 16.752 3:03.707 1:42.562 151.1 5
28 98 Pit Am Aston Martin Racing LAMY Pedro Aston Martin Vantage V8 M 45 16.901 2:45.865 1:42.711 150.9 7
29 50 Pit Am Larbre Competition TAYLOR Ricky Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 M 39 17.150 1:53.801 1:42.960 150.5 6
30 83 Pit Am AF Corse PERRODO François Ferrari F458 Italia M 45 17.363 3:09.068 1:43.173 150.2 7
31 78 Pit Am KCMG CAMATHIAS Joël Porsche 911 RSR M 41 17.585 1:49.650 1:43.395 149.9 8
32 6 Pit P1 Toyota Gazoo Racing SARRAZIN Stéphane Toyota TS050 – Hybrid M 0 0
RESULT: Practice 1
1 7 LMP1 Marcel FÄSSLER, André LOTTERER, Benoît TRÉLUYER Audi R18 M 47 7 1:26.705 178.7
2 8 LMP1 Lucas DI GRASSI, Loïc DUVAL, Oliver JARVIS Audi R18 M 49 +0.194 +0.194 12 1:26.899 178.3
3 1 LMP1 Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid M 52 +0.243 +0.049 39 1:26.948 178.2
4 2 LMP1 Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid M 52 +0.500 +0.257 6 1:27.205 177.7
5 5 LMP1 Sébastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMA, Toyota TS050 – Hybrid M 41 +1.196 +0.696 16 1:27.901 176.3
6 13 LMP1 Mathéo TUSCHER, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Alexandre IMPERATORI Rebellion R-One – AER D 39 +5.737 +4.541 3 1:32.442 167.6
7 4 LMP1 Simon TRUMMER, Oliver WEBB, Pierre KAFFER CLM P1/01 – AER D 32 +6.448 +0.711 25 1:33.153 166.3
8 44 LMP2 Matthew RAO, Richard BRADLEY, Alfonso Diaz GUERRA Oreca 05 – Nissan D 10 +10.050 +3.602 8 1:36.755 160.1
9 31 LMP2 Ryan DALZIEL, Luis Felipe DERANI, Christopher CUMMING LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan M 44 +10.175 +0.125 31 1:36.880 159.9
10 26 LMP2 Roman RUSINOV, René RAST, Alex BRUNDLE Oreca 05 – Nissan D 45 +10.437 +0.262 4 1:37.142 159.5
11 36 LMP2 Gustavo MENEZES, Nicolas LAPIERRE, Stéphane RICHELMI Alpine A460 – Nissan D 41 +10.594 +0.157 37 1:37.299 159.2
12 37 LMP2 Vitaly PETROV, Kirill LADYGIN, Victor SHAITAR BR01 – Nissan D 43 +10.857 +0.263 5 1:37.562 158.8
13 41 LMP2 Roberto GONZALEZ, Bruno JUNQUEIRA, Luis DIAZ Gibson 015S – Nissan D 41 +11.069 +0.212 13 1:37.774 158.5
14 35 LMP2 David CHENG, Ho-Pin TUNG, Nelson PANCIATICI Alpine A460 – Nissan D 45 +11.116 +0.047 22 1:37.821 158.4
15 43 LMP2 Ricardo GONZALEZ, Filipe ALBUQUERQUE, Bruno SENNA LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan D 38 +11.155 +0.039 24 1:37.860 158.3
16 27 LMP2 Nicolas MINASSIAN, Maurizio MEDIANI, Devi MARKOZOV BR01 – Nissan D 36 +11.376 +0.221 35 1:38.081 158.0
17 30 LMP2 Scott SHARP, Ed BROWN, Johannes VAN OVERBEEK LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan M 42 +11.951 +0.575 5 1:38.656 157.1
18 42 LMP2 Nick LEVENTIS, Lewis WILLIAMSON, Jonny KANE Gibson 015S – Nissan D 40 +11.963 +0.012 27 1:38.668 157.0
19 95 LMGTE Pro Nicki THIIM, Marco SØRENSEN, Aston Martin Vantage V8 D 42 +13.980 +2.017 38 1:40.685 153.9
20 51 LMGTE Pro Gianmaria BRUNI, James CALADO, Ferrari 488 GTE M 43 +14.750 +0.770 13 1:41.455 152.7
21 97 LMGTE Pro Richie STANAWAY, Darren TURNER, Aston Martin Vantage V8 D 48 +15.251 +0.501 45 1:41.956 152.0
22 66 LMGTE Pro Stefan MÜCKE, Olivier PLA, Ford GT M 44 +15.383 +0.132 21 1:42.088 151.8
23 77 LMGTE Pro Richard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN, Porsche 911 RSR (2016) M 43 +15.390 +0.007 9 1:42.095 151.8
24 71 LMGTE Pro Davide RIGON, Sam BIRD, Ferrari 488 GTE M 46 +15.463 +0.073 10 1:42.168 151.7
25 67 LMGTE Pro Marino FRANCHITTI, Andy PRIAULX, Harry TINCKNELL Ford GT M 43 +15.607 +0.144 20 1:42.312 151.4
26 86 LMGTE Am Michael WAINWRIGHT, Adam CARROLL, Ben BARKER Porsche 911 RSR M 42 +16.322 +0.715 9 1:43.027 150.4
27 88 LMGTE Am Khaled AL QUBAISI, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON, Patrick LONG Porsche 911 RSR M 42 +16.489 +0.167 32 1:43.194 150.1
28 98 LMGTE Am Paul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDA Aston Martin Vantage V8 M 43 +16.520 +0.031 10 1:43.225 150.1
29 50 LMGTE Am Yutaka YAMAGISHI, Pierre RAGUES, Ricky TAYLOR Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 M 42 +16.554 +0.034 28 1:43.259 150.1
30 78 LMGTE Am Christian RIED, Wolf HENZLER, Joël CAMATHIAS Porsche 911 RSR M 44 +16.616 +0.062 28 1:43.321 150.0
31 83 LMGTE Am François PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia M 41 +17.154 +0.538 4 1:43.859 149.2
32 6 LMP1 Stéphane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY, Kamui KOBAYASHI Toyota TS050 – Hybrid M 0 0