No 2 Porsche LMP Team, Porsche 919 Hybrid, LMP1, Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, FIA WEC Nurburgring 2017

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. 

No 26 G-Drive Racing, Oreca 07, LMP2, Roman Rusinov, Ben Hanley, Pierre Thiriet, FIA WEC Nurburgring 2017

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.

No 91 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR, LM GTE Pro, Richard Lietz, Frederic Makowiecki, FIA WEC Nurburgring 2017

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. 

No 51 AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE, LM GTE Pro, Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and No 54 Spirit of Race, Ferrari 488 GTE, LM GTE Am, Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellaci, Miguel Molina, FIA WEC Nurburgring 2017

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!