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FIA WEC: Circuit of the Americas, Free Practice 3 Report


The final Free Practice session of the meeting here before this evening’s qualifying session saw the Audis top the times, as first Tom Kristensen and then Loic Duval put the #1 R18 e-tron quattro at the top of the order, Duval’s 1:49.480 the fastest of the weekend so far on a track with a full dry line but apparently with plenty of marbles off line with a packed track schedule here for the weekend.


Marcel Fassler was second fastest in the #2 Audi and Anthony Davidson put the #8 Toyota third fastest , over a second back from the #1 R18.


Off the pace and in trouble early in the session was the #9 Lotus, the car pushed back to the garage, gearbox trouble we hear, and that could be a serious issue with no spare available.

There’s no information available meanwhile about the ‘CLM’ badging on the car

LMP2 saw Olivier Pla fastest again in the #26 Ligier (1:56.601), well clear of the mark set by either Richard Bradley (#47 KCMG Oreca Nissan) or Ryan Dalziel (#30 ESM Honda)


In GTE it was a story of Aston Martins to the fore again, though this time it was the #99 GTE Pro car fastest, Fernando Rees putting in a 2:05.382, Stefan Mucke later popping up second fastest in class with a time just 4 hundredths ‘slower’. Gimmi Bruni ran the Astons close but finished the session third fastest in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari.


The GTE Am runners were again headed by an Aston Martin, this time it was Pedro Lamy in the #98 Vantage that topped the times with Paulo Ruberti second fastest in the #90 8Star 458 and Richie Stanaway third fastest in the #95 Aston.