Porsche locked out the top slots in Friday afternoon’s Free Practice 2 at the Nürburgring to close out the first day’s track action in the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
New Zealander Brendon Hartley clocked in the fastest time of the session setting a 1:38.663 lap in his #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, 0.966 seconds clear of Andre Lotterer in the #1 sister Porsche and some 3 seconds improved on co-driver Timo Bernhard’s lap which topped Free Practice 1 earlier in the day. Toyota’s Anthony Davidson was the fastest driver for the Japanese squad slotting into third, 1.1 seconds down on Hartley, while Kamui Kobayashi drove the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid into fourth.
In LMP2, G-Drive Racing topped the times with Ben Hanley shaving six tenths off Bruno Senna’s morning time, while the #13 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca 07 Gibson was second. Third spot went to the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut with Gustavo Menezes setting a 1:49.726 on lap nine.
The Porsche GT Team topped the GTE-Pro ranks the #91 Porsche 911 RSR with Frederic Makowiecki setting a 1:56.244, the Frenchman posting a time almost a second quicker than Davide Rigon’s FP1 time. Aston Martin appeared to have found the loud pedal this session with xxxxx in the #95 car taking second just 0.099s behind Makowiecki. Alessandro Pier Guidi rounded out the top three again for AF Corse with a 1:56.766.
In GTE-Am, Miguel Molina took the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE to the top of the pile with a 1:57.592 (ahead of the #67 Ford GT and #92 Porsche 911 Pro cars) with the #61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari second and the repaired #77 Dempsey – Proton Racing Porsche rounding out the top three positions.
With 40 minutes remaining the session was red-flagged for ten minutes after a German photographer crossed onto the track at Turn 5 to take pictures!