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FIA WEC: Prologue Day 2 – Afternoon Session

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The final test session of the official FIA WEC Prologue at Spa-Francorchamps saw the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar top the overall times with a lap of 2:04.669 posted by Sebastien Buemi.

United Autosport’s #22 Oreca LMP2 finished second fastest overall (ahead of the #36 “RebAlpine” and #8 Toyota). Looking specifically at the WEC’s all-new, and to-date, massively disappointing, premier category, Alpine Elf Matmut’s “RebAlpine” A480 was second quickest with the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid, 0.955s adrift of it’s sister car, third fastest 

#22, UNITED AUTOSPORTS USA, Oreca 07 – Gibson, Philip Hanson (GBR), Fabio Scherer (CHE), Filipe Albuquerque (PRT). 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo © John D Stevens.

In LMP2, the afternoon’s three-hour session saw the #22 United Autosports Oreca shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson and Fabio Scherer top the timesheets out of the 14 LMP2s. PR1 Motorsports was second fastest, with New-to-WEC team Team WRT once again showing impressive pace with their #31 Oreca. Two more newcomers to the WEC in the Oreca category – #34 Inter Europol Competition and #90 Realteam Racing – were fourth and fifth quickest.

#91, PORSCHE GT TEAM, Porsche 911 RSR – 19, Gianmaria Bruni (ITA), Richard Lietz (AUT). 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo © John D Stevens.

As in the previous three sessions, the Porsche GT Team topped the times in the LMGTE Pro class. This afternoon it was the #91 Porsche 911 RSR – 19 which was quickest with a time of 2:14.244 set by Richard Lietz.

In LMGTE Am, TF Sport posted the quickest lap of the afternoon in the replacement #33 Aston Martin Vantage AMR – the team making a strong recovery after an incident yesterday at Raidillon – with a 2:14.969 by Dylan Pereira. Dempsey-Proton Racing’s #77 (2:15.085) and Team Project 1’s #56 (2:15.131) Porsches were second and third fastest. The #47 Cetilar Racing Ferrari ended the session with a spin at Raidillon after contact with the #7 Toyota and suffered significant damage to the rear. The car is expected to be fine to race at the weekend. However, it did set the fastest time of the class in the test as a whole with Antonio Fuoco, a 2:14.509 – so not a disastrous test! 

#47, CETILAR RACING, Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, Roberto Lacorte (ITA), Giorgio Sernagiotto (ITA), Antonio Fuoco (ITA). 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo © John D Stevens.

Unsurprisingly, neither the #29 Racing Team Nederland Oreca LMP2 or the #85 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GTE Evo made it out for the afternoon session following their collision at Blanchimont in the morning.

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