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FIA WEC: Prologue Day 2 – Morning Session

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Day two of the FIA WEC Prologue saw G-Drive Racing top the morning session leaderboard with a lap time of 2:04.168 posted by Nyck de Vries, the quickest of the Prologue so far.

However, the headlines were, as yesterday, dominated by accidents rather than lap times. The most significant of those was the #29 Racing Team Nederland Oreca in the hands of Job van Uitert and the #85 Iron Lynx Ferrari driven by Katherine Legge crashed heavily into the barriers at Blanchimont following contact on track contact. Both drivers were reported OK however the #29 is basically a total loss and is being rebuilt around a spare tub whilst Iron Lynx are understood to have despatched one of their ELMS GTE cars to Spa

United Autosports #22 posted the second-fastest time, 0.116s adrift of the pace-setting lap set half-way through the session. Third fastest was JOTA’s Mighty 38 Oreca shared by Roberto Gonzalez, Antonio Felix da Costa and Anthony Davidson.

#7, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING, Toyota GR010 – Hybrid*, [Hybrid Class], Mike Conway (GBR), Kamui Kobayashi (JPN), Jose Maria Lopez (ARG). 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo © John D Stevens.
In the new Hypercar category, Toyota’s #7 GR010 Hybrid took to the track today following being benched due to hydraulic and electrical issues yesterday to put in 39 laps and set the fastest time of the class at 2:04.708, still significantly behind the fastest of the slowed-down LMP2s.

The sister #8 car successfully completed 52 laps, proving to be another important session to test the all-new machinery ahead of the WEC season-opener which takes place this weekend.

The quickest lap time from the Alpine A480 Gibson, which is also entered in the Hypercar category but is just a, slowed-down, heavier and re-vinaled Rebellion R-13 LMP1, was a 2:05.772 set by Nicolas Lapierre.

In LMGTE Pro, it was the #92 Porsche 911 RSR – 19 that was quickest out of the Porsche-Ferrari-Corvette battle for the third consecutive test session with Frenchman Kevin Estre setting a time of 2:12.916.

#92, PORSCHE GT TEAM, Porsche 911 RSR – 19, Kevin Estre (FRA), Neel Jani (CHE). 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo © John D Stevens.

The sister Porsche GT Team was second, with the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi third quickest. Oliver Gavin and Antoinio Garcia completed 43 laps in the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, which is due to make its WEC race debut this coming weekend.

The #56 Team Project 1 once again topped the times out of the 13 LMGTE Am entries followed by the #77 Dempsey-Proton entered Porsche 911 RSR. After shipping in TF Sport’s ELMS chassis overnight (no mean feat in post Brexit times!) and rebuilding that to WEC spec to replace the car destroyed at Raidillon yesterday, TF Sport clocked the third fastest lap with the #33 Aston Martin Vantage AMR.

#33, TF SPORT, Aston Martin Vantage AMR, Ben Keating (USA), Dylan Pereira (LUX), Felipe Fraga (BRA). 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo © John D Stevens.

The only car which did not appear during the morning session was the #46 Team Project 1 Porsche which, following damage incurred yesterday, is likely to be pulled from this weekend’s race as there are no available chassis to rebuild the car. 

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