Rebellion Racing continued to pace the field in the second and final practice session of the WEC weekend at CoTA this afternoon. Its Rebellion Racing’s R-13 Gibson was once again the fastest car on-track, but its mechanics have been left scrambling after it blew an engine halfway through the two-hour session, leaving its crew with the task of fitting a trying to fit a spare engine before Qualifying.
“I came out of Turn 2 and the engine shut off, I saw the smoke pouring out,” Bruno Senna, who was driving the car at the time, said. “It’s a very tight schedule now to qualifying. We don’t want to start at the back. The team has a lot of work to do.”
The #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID ended up second, with a 1:49.458, six and a half tenths off the #1 Rebellion. Gustavo Menezes was the fastest of Rebellion’s drivers again, setting a 1:48.804 before the car’s mechanical woes.
Like in FP1, the #7 Toyota was unable to better the front-running LMP2 cars over a single lap and ended up seventh overall in the times.
Racing Team Nederland meanwhile, topped LMP2. Nyck de Vries set the car’s best time, a 1:49.863, good enough for third overall. United Autosports’ ORECA slotted in second in the class with the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA putting Goodyear into the top three.
In the GT ranks Kevin Estre set a late flyer to put Porsche atop the times, a 2:01.716 in the #92 911 RSR 19. The #95 Aston finished up second, though it had dramas of its own, Marco Sorensen pulling off the circuit at Turn 8 after its left-rear wheel became detached. The #91 Porsche finised the session third.
After ending up slowest of all the GTE runners in FP1, Corvette Racing’s C8.R found significantly more speed in FP2, the team ending up sixth out of the seven cars in Pro, within a second of the best time.
The quickest car in GTE Am, the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche, ended up mixing in with the Pro cars, finishing fourth in the combined GTE classification. The car’s 2:02.192 was half a second quicker than the rest of the field, the #98 Aston Vantage coming closest, with a 2:02.634.
Dempsey Proton’s sister car meanwhile, brought out red flags in the final minutes of the session, bringing it to an early end, after Adrien De Leener pulled off the road and stopped.
Next up for the WEC teams is Qualifying at 17:40 local time.
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