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Featured 6 Hours of Spa: Porsche Lead The Way Ahead Of Qualifying

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Jack Hunsley, May 6, 2016.

  1. Jack Hunsley

    Jack Hunsley
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    As the WEC field prepares to go into qualifying later today it is the two Porsches who topped the time sheets just ahead of the #6 Toyota.

    After Toyota were able to pull of a surprising 1-2 finish in Thursday's Free Practice 2 , Porsche returned to the top of the time sheets courtesy of Timo Bernhard's 1:56.465 with the sister #2 car 1.6 seconds behind. However, with the #6 Toyota in third place ahead of both Audi's, it looks as though we can be confident of an excellent battle in LMP1 come qualifying.

    All was not plain sailing in LMP1 however, after both the #5 Toyota and #8 Audi suffered problems during the session, with a technical issue plaguing Toyota whilst the #8 Audi made contact with the #78 KCMG 911 with Loic Duval at the wheel. Audi however was able to repair the suspension damage and get the car back out on track later in the session.

    In LMP2 G-Drive continued their good form this weekend with Rene Rast putting the #26 machine top of the time sheets ahead of the #36 DC Baxi Alpine and the #36 Signatech Alpine entries. Whilst in the GT classes it was the #51 AF Corse and #98 Aston Martin machines that lead the way as the field prepares to go into qualifying.

    6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps - Free Practice 3 - Official Results

    1. LMP1 - #1 Porsche Team (Bernhard, Webber, Hartley) - 1:56.465
    2. LMP1 - #2 Porsche Team (Dumas, Jani, Lieb) - +1.698
    3. LMP1 - #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Sarrazin, Conway, Kobayashi) - +1.862
    4. LMP1 - #7 Audi Sport Team Joest (Fässler, Lotterer, Tréluyer) - +2.511
    5. LMP1 - #5 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima) - +2.975
    6. LMP1 - #8 Audi Sport Team Joest (Di Grassi, Duval, Jarvis) - +3.830
    7. LMP1 - #13 Rebellion Racing (Tuscher, Kraihamer, Imperatori) - +6.286
    8. LMP1 - #4 ByKolles Racing Team (Trummer, Webb, Rossiter) - +7.774
    9. LMP1 - #12 Rebellion Racing (Prost, Piquet Jr, Heidfeld) - +8.253
    10. LMP2 - #26 G-Drive Racing (Rusinov, Berthon, Rast) - +10.876
    11. LMP2 - #35 Baxi DC Racing Alpine (Cheng, Tung, Panciatici) - +11.306
    12. LMP2 - #36 Signatech Alpine (Menezes, Lapierre, Richelmi) - +11.646
    13. LMP2 - #44 Manor (Graves, Stevens, Jakes) - +12.303
    14. LMP2 - #43 RGR Sport by Morand (Gonzalez, Albuquerque, Senna) - +13.029
    15. LMP2 - #27 SMP Racing (Minassian, Mediani) - +13.294
    16. LMP2 - #42 Strakka Racing (Leventis, Watts, Kane) - +13.320
    17. LMP2 - #38 G-Drive Racing (Dolan, Van Der Garde, Dennis) - +13.507
    18. LMP2 - #37 SMP Racing (Petrov, Ladygin, Shaytar) - +13.690
    19. LMP2 - #31 Extreme Speed Motorsport (Dalziel, Derani, Cumming) - +14.299
    20. LMP2 - #45 Manor (Rao, Bradley, Merhi) - +14.541
    21. LMP2 - #30 Extreme Speed Motorsport (Sharp, Brown, Van Overbeek) - +14.899
    22. GTE Pro - #51 AF Corse (Bruni, Calado) - +21.409
    23. GTE Pro - #71 AF Corse (Rigon, Bird) - +21.738
    24. GTE Pro - #95 Aston Martin Racing (Thiim, Sørensen, Turner) - +22.265
    25. GTE Pro - #97 Aston Martin Racing (Stanaway, Rees) - +22.790
    26. GTE Pro - #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK (Franchitti, Priaulx, Tincknell) - +23.393
    27. GTE Am - #98 Aston Martin Racing (Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda) - +23.395
    28. GTE Pro - #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing (Lietz, Christensen) - +23.557
    29. GTE Am - #50 Larbre Competition (Yamagishi, Ragues, Ruberti) - +24.029
    30. GTE Am - #78 KCMG (Ried, Henzler, Camathias) - +24.302
    31. GTE Pro - #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK (Johnson, Muecke, Pla) - +24.476
    32. GTE Am - #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing (Al Qubaisi, Hansson, Bachler) - +24.500
    33. GTE Am - #83 AF Corse (Perrodo, Collard, Aguas) - +24.597
    34. GTE Am - #86 Gulf Racing (Wainwright, Carroll, Barker) - +24.938​
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  2. the_sigman

    Sim racer, F1 news editor... Racing is in my blood Premium

    Does ByKolles work with Audi? Those prototypes are similar looking from the outside:p
  3. Andrew Harper

    Andrew Harper

    Interesting the pace of the Toyotas. Will be curious to see how qualifying turns out.

    When I was at Silverstone there was a discussion on RLM that the design philosophy of the Toyota was they aimed for slippery and low drag (at the expense of some downforce) this meant that although they were more or less on the pace, Silverstone's layout was hurting them. Looks like Spa suits the car much more.

    Tomorrows race could be great and Le Mans could be even better :thumbsup:

    Not sure about the gap between the #1 car and 2nd place car, did he do a fresh tyre run at the end?

    EDIT: Well the Porsche Team seem to have had their Weetabix this morning for Quali. Two seconds faster than everyone else :O_o:
    Last edited: May 6, 2016
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  4. Azure Flare

    Azure Flare
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    2 seconds? RIP everyone else.
  5. Terra21


    Good to see fellow kiwi richie stanaway up there. To bad they got pipped at the end. Even though the aston martin's old its still good. I hope hartley doesn't write the porsche off again:confused:
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  6. Andrew Harper

    Andrew Harper

    I'm still gonna watch it anyway! :roflmao:

    At Silverstone Porsche had an interesting problem, they were the quickest car but the car was much more thirsty than the Audi. May not matter so much here but it will matter at Le Mans.

    Can't remember if it was last year or the year before but Audi won at Spa simply because they stopped less than the competition (one or maybe two stops less if I remember)

    So there is still gonna be a nice battle this afternoon :thumbsup:
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  7. Andrew Harper

    Andrew Harper

    Yep it's still delivering the goods. I was thinking the other day whether any of the new range would be eligible for GT classes. The new DB11 has a 6.0 V12 Twin Turbo which may make it not possible. not sure.

    Yes, yes I would love to see a GTE Vulcan as well.....;)
  8. Terra21


    Yep aston is going in a new direction their ceo said the vulcan will be there last naturally aspirated car which is a shame:(
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  9. Azure Flare

    Azure Flare
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    I think the replacement for the Vantage will probably have a twin-turbo V8, but Mercedes-based, so it'll sound like the devil gargling lava.
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