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FIA WEC: Silverstone, Free Practice 2, Audi Continue To Set The Pace

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Audi Sport rounded off Friday’s track action by finishing top of the times again, in the second Free Practice session of the weekend. This time it was the #7 Audi R18 of Benôit Tréluyer that went quickest for the German marque after a lap of 1:41.526. The sister #8 Audi ended up second, with Oliver Jarvis, who led the session early, managing a time under three tenths off the Frenchman.

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However, Tréluyer admitted that the car’s pace ‘is not one we cannot maintain over a full stint.’

Quickest of the non-Audi runners was once again the #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Brendon Hartley who set a 1:42.046. The #18 919 finished fourth fastest and a further half second back; the team did well to get the car out at all after a confirmed driveshaft failure set it back in FP1.

This left Toyota at the tail end of the LMP1 factory entries, the #2 leading the #1. ByKolles’s CLM could only muster a best lap good enough to finish amongst the LMP2 runners.

Ligiers dominated the LMP2 class again. G-Drive Racing headed the pack, with their faster JSP2, the #28 going over a second and a half quicker than the best of the rest, which in this case was the KCMG Oreca 03.

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Strakka Racing continued to gather data for the DOME S103 at the circuit, while giving Nick Leventis extended running in the new car ahead of Qualifying. They went over a second quicker than their best time in the first session, and ended up fourth in class.

Porsche Team Manthey headed the GTE Pro runners, the #91 ahead of the #92 with the headline lap time from the team being a 2:01.499. It wasn’t quite as quick as the best GTE time from FP1 set by Nicki Thiim in the #95 Aston Martin however, a 2:01.393.

GTE Am’s best tour came from the #98 Aston Martin Vantage of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda. Their time of 2:02.434 was just under two tenths quicker than the #72 SMP Ferrari 458 which ended the session second in the class.

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The WEC’s track action continues tomorrow morning with Free Practice 3 at 9:00am local time (GMT+1).

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Stephen Kilbey