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Toyota To The Fore In Shortened FP2

After Porsche sat comfortably at the top of the times in FP1 with both its cars, Toyota did the same in the second session of the weekend. The #6 Toyota TS050 headed a 1-2 for the Japanese team, with Stephane Sarrazin setting a 1:58.556 after ten minutes of running.

Second in the order was the sister car, with Kazuki Nakajima completing a lap of 1:58.711 on his first flyer. The Porsches meanwhile, came in third and fourth overall, with the #1 of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley the quicker of the two, six tenths off Sarrazin.

It was not a good session for Audi, the #7 was fifth overall, and the #8 didn’t take part due to a failure of the front axle drivetrain, which needed to be repaired.

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ByKolles split the two Rebellions in the LMP1-L sub-class, with the #12 R-One heading the trio.

In LMP2 Richard Bradley in the #45 Manor Oreca jumped to the top of the class order with 45 minutes remaining after the G-Drive Jota Gibson led the way in the opening minutes.

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Giedo Van Der Garde looked like he was going to finish up fastest after his early hot lap of 2:08.709. But Bradley pushed the 015S down to second with a 2:08.341.

James Calado’s #51 AF Corse 488 topped the GTE runners, pipping Aston Martin who sat 1-2 for a time. The British driver, put up a 2:18.494 which was half a second quicker than the #97 Aston Martin in second.

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AF Corse also went fastest in GTE Am. Rui Aguas was quickest of the #83 458’s trio, reeling off a 2:20.130.

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It wasn’t a good day for Larbre Competition. After stopping on the way back to the pits in FP1 after the chequered flag fell, the #50 C.7R was reported midway through the running as losing fuel out on track by race control, before hitting the barriers in the final ten minutes at Turn 13 with Yutaka Yamagishi driving. The shunt brought out a full-course yellow and then the red flags.

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