Porsche LMP Team continued to set the pace at the 6 Hours of Nürburgring in Free Practice 2, Brendon Hartley setting a 1:38.663 lap of the circuit early in the session. The New Zealander’s lap was almost a second quicker than the other LMP1 factory hybrids.
Second on the leaderboard was the sister #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy and Neel Jani, with a 1:39.629, 0.966 seconds back. The fastest of the two Toyotas was the #8 TS050 of Anthony Davidson, 1.1 seconds back and in third, ahead of the #7 which finished up fourth with a 1:41.656.
In LMP2, it was G-Drive Racing that topped the class this time, with team newcomer Ben Hanley setting the best lap of the trio, the Britain’s time was a 1:47.188, which was 0.222 clear at the top.
Behind, the #13 Rebellion – the only one of the two which set times in the session, slotted in second with a 1:47.410 set by Mathias Beche in the final 10 minutes of the session. The #31 didn’t set times, due to extensive repairs needed following the incident in Free Practice 1.
The top three was completed by the #36 Signatech Alpine A470, American Gustavo Menezes reeling off a 1:47.604. Alpine’s other entry, the #35, ended up fourth, a further tenth back.
GTE Pro was headed by the #91 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR with a 1:56.244 by Fred Makowiecki, ahead of Nicki Thiim who put the #95 Aston Martin second with a 1:56.343, less than a tenth off. The best of the AF Corse Ferrari’s – the #51 – rounded out the top three, half a second off the ultimate pace following a late improvement by Alessandro Pier Guidi.
Just outside the top trio was the highest placed Ford, the #66 which managed a 1:56.812.
In Am, Miguel Molina’s 1:57.592 in the Spirit of Race Ferrari was good enough to top the timing sheets. His time was 0.210 faster than the #61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari. Matt Griffin was fastest for the Singaporean-flagged team, with a 1:57.802.
The FP1-topping #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche finished up the day third, the German team able to repair the damage from the FP1 incident with the #31 Rebellion in time to get back out.
The session was mostly clean. There was a red flag period though, for a local German photographer standing by the side of the circuit – beyond the barrier – at Turn 5. The individual has received an permanent ban from the WEC, ELMS and Le Mans 24 Hours, effectively immediately.
At that point the rain came down, but it wasn’t heavy enough, and didn’t last long enough to prevent a flurry of improvements from the drivers by the end of the running.
Free Practice 3 is set to get underway tomorrow at 9:45am local time.