Porsche LMP Team got off to a fast start at the Fuji Speedway today, finishing 1-2 atop the standings in Free Practice 1 with its two 919 Hybrids. The quickest lap in the session came from Andre Lotterer late in the session, a 1:35.527 on the wet and misty circuit.
Behind, the #2 Porsche ended up second in the running order, with a 1:35.660 from Earl Bamber. The first of the Toyota’s – the #7 TS050 HYBRID – ended up with a 1:36.010 from Jose Maria Lopez, who was 0.483 off the pace. The sister car could only manage fourth.
In the LMP2 ranks, it was Alex Brundle who was able to lap the circuit quickest in the all-ORECA class, the Britain setting a 1:42.735 in the opening 30 minutes driving the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing machine.
Matthieu Vaxiviere was four tenths adrift in the TDS Racing example, the Frenchman slotting in second. Jackie Chan DC Racing’s sister ORECA completed the top three in the class.
Like LMP1, GTE Pro was led by the Porsche factory team. The two 911 RSRs ended up 1-2 in the session, the best tour from Michael Christensen with an hour to go in the #92, the Dane lapping the Fuji Speedway in 1:47.385. The #91 Porsche had a best time of 1:47.627.
The two AF Corse Ferrari 488s finished up third and fourth fastest. The best of the pair was the #71 AF Corse Ferrari, Davide Rigon setting a 1:47.627.
Fourth overall in GTE, and top of the GTE Am division, was the Spirit of Race Ferrari, Miguel Molina set the car’s best time, a 1:47.855. Clearwater Racing, on familiar territory for the first time this season, managed to end up second fastest, with a 1:48.246, ahead of the Proton Porsche that finished up third.
While there were no notable incidents in the session, as the rain got heavier multiple cars ran off circuit throughout the 90 minutes of running, but all of them continued without any further drama.
Free Practice 2 at Fuji Speedway is set to begin at 15:30 local time.