Porsche 1-2 in opening WEC practice at Texas

Romain Duma has set the fastest time in opening practice for the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas

Romain Duma has set the fastest time in opening practice for the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas

Romain Dumas has pipped Mark Webber as Porsche went 1-2 in first practice for Round 5 of the World Endurance Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

Dumas blistered around the 5.5km track in 1:47.23s, the fastest lap recorded by an LMP1 machine at the Austin venue.

The time of the #18 919 Hybrid exceeded the best lap by the #17 Porsche driven by Webber by almost .3s.

The Nurburgring 6 Hour race winning #17 had been the benchmark for much of the 90-minute session until Dumas twice exceeded Webber’s best lap.

The previous quickest lap recorded by a WEC outright runner was Benoit Treluyer’s Audi lap of 1:47.37s set in 2013.

Audi’s #8 R18 e-tron quattro driven by Oliver Jarvis was third fastest in 1:49.02s.

The #7 Audi, currently leading the driver’s standings, was sixth best after completing just four laps after undergoing an alternator change.

Toyota’s #1 TS040 Hybrid at the hands of Kazuki Nakajima was fourth fastest with a best tour of 1:51.27s.

LMP2 honours in the opening run saw the KCMG ORECA Nissan driven by Nicolas Lapierre clock 1:57.76s to lead the Extreme Speed Motorsport Liger of Johannes van Overbeek by .6s.

James Calado (#71 AF Corse Ferrari) was fastest in GTE Pro in 2:06.75s while Patrick Long (Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche) head the GTE Am runners in 2:07.48s.

Full Practice 1 results

Pos Cat Driver Car Laps Gap Gap Prev. Best lap Best time
1 18 LMP1 Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid 34 29 1:47.231
2 17 LMP1 Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid 24 +0.283 +0.283 22 1:47.514
3 8 LMP1 Lucas DI GRASSI, Loïc DUVAL, Oliver JARVIS Audi R18 e-tron quattro 30 +1.796 +1.513 17 1:49.027
4 1 LMP1 Anthony DAVIDSON, Sébastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMA Toyota TS 040 – Hybrid 34 +4.048 +2.252 4 1:51.279
5 2 LMP1 Alexander WURZ, Stéphane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY Toyota TS 040 – Hybrid 34 +4.949 +0.901 10 1:52.180
6 7 LMP1 Marcel FÄSSLER, André LOTTERER, Benoît TRÉLUYER Audi R18 e-tron quattro 4 +6.240 +1.291 3 1:53.471
7 12 LMP1 Nicolas PROST, Mathias BECHE, Nick HEIDFELD Rebellion R-One – AER 33 +8.613 +2.373 3 1:55.844
8 4 LMP1 Simon TRUMMER, Pierre KAFFER, CLM P1/01 – AER 28 +9.314 +0.701 24 1:56.545
9 47 LMP2 Matthew HOWSON, Richard BRADLEY, Nicolas LAPIERRE Oreca 05 – Nissan 29 +10.533 +1.219 18 1:57.764
10 31 LMP2 Ed BROWN, Johannes VAN OVERBEEK, Jonathon FOGARTY Ligier JS P2 – HPD 32 +11.111 +0.578 5 1:58.342
11 30 LMP2 Scott SHARP, Ryan DALZIEL, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON Ligier JS P2 – HPD 30 +11.122 +0.011 5 1:58.353
12 36 LMP2 Nelson PANCIATICI, Paul Loup CHATIN, Vincent CAPILLAIRE Alpine A450b – Nissan 37 +11.504 +0.382 4 1:58.735
13 42 LMP2 Nick LEVENTIS, Danny WATTS, Jonny KANE Gibson 015S – Nissan 34 +11.539 +0.035 11 1:58.770
14 13 LMP1 Alexandre IMPERATORI, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Daniel ABT Rebellion R-One – AER 23 +11.631 +0.092 6 1:58.862
15 28 LMP2 Gustavo YACAMAN, Luis Felipe DERANI, Ricardo GONZALEZ Ligier JS P2 – Nissan 33 +11.673 +0.042 10 1:58.904
16 43 LMP2 Pierre RAGUES, Oliver WEBB, Archie HAMILTON Morgan Evo – SARD 36 +12.258 +0.585 19 1:59.489
17 26 LMP2 Roman RUSINOV, Julien CANAL, Sam BIRD Ligier JS P2 – Nissan 22 +12.387 +0.129 3 1:59.618
18 71 LMGTE Pro Davide RIGON, James CALADO, Ferrari F458 Italia 33 +19.522 +7.135 16 2:06.753
19 51 LMGTE Pro Gianmaria BRUNI, Toni VILANDER, Ferrari F458 Italia 10 +20.122 +0.600 9 2:07.353
20 92 LMGTE Pro Patrick PILET, Frédéric MAKOWIECKI, Porsche 911 RSR 24 +20.179 +0.057 8 2:07.410
21 77 LMGTE Am Patrick DEMPSEY, Patrick LONG, Marco SEEFRIED Porsche 911 RSR 30 +20.256 +0.077 13 2:07.487
22 91 LMGTE Pro Richard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN, Porsche 911 RSR 28 +20.489 +0.233 11 2:07.720
23 97 LMGTE Pro Darren TURNER, Jonathan ADAM, Aston Martin Vantage V8 35 +20.907 +0.418 17 2:08.138
24 50 LMGTE Am Gianluca RODA, Paolo RUBERTI, Kristian POULSEN Chevrolet Corvette C7 28 +20.993 +0.086 4 2:08.224
25 99 LMGTE Pro Alex MACDOWALL, Fernando REES, Richie STANAWAY Aston Martin Vantage V8 33 +21.125 +0.132 19 2:08.356
26 83 LMGTE Am François PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia 27 +21.417 +0.292 10 2:08.648
27 95 LMGTE Pro Christoffer NYGAARD, Marco SØRENSEN, Aston Martin Vantage V8 37 +21.473 +0.056 4 2:08.704
28 72 LMGTE Am Victor SHAYTAR, Andrea BERTOLINI, Aleksey BASOV Ferrari F458 Italia 29 +21.781 +0.308 12 2:09.012
29 98 LMGTE Am Paul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDA Aston Martin Vantage V8 34 +22.288 +0.507 26 2:09.519
30 96 LMGTE Am Francesco CASTELLACCI, Benny SIMONSEN, Stuart HALL Aston Martin Vantage V8 33 +22.573 +0.285 32 2:09.804
31 88 LMGTE Am Christian RIED, Khaled AL QUBAISI, Earl BAMBER Porsche 911 RSR 28 +23.627 +1.054 18 2:10.858

 

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