2020-08-06

The Rebels topped the timing sheet in Thursday’s Free Practice one session with Frenchman Norman Nato running the #1 Rebellion R13 – Gibson around the 7km Spa Francorchamps track in 2:02.469. The next two fastest laps were set by Nato’s teammates Gustavo Menezes (2:02.625) and Bruno Senna (2:03.425). Oliver Webb set the fourth fastest lap in the #4 ByKolles Enso CLM P1/01. The fastes Toyota driver was Mike Conway in the #7 TS050 Hybrid who set a 2:03.632. This all meant that Rebellion topped thew sheets, ByKolles were second and the #7 Toyota was third. 

2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Season 8 #6hSpa, Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo © John D Stevens.

In the LMP2 class, the yellow #29 Oreca 07 – Gibson of Racing Team Nederland set the time to beat with Giedo Vand Der Garde clocking in a 2:03.888. Anthony Davidson set a 2:03.935 to put Jota’s Good Year liveried ‘Mighty 38’ Oreca 07 in second spot and Phil Hanson rounded out the top three with a 2:04.119 in his #22 United Autosports Oreca 07. Algarve Pro’s #25 Oreca did not run due to the team being in isolation following a positive Covid-19 test for Gabriel Aubry this morning, who while scheduled to drive for Jota this weekend, drove for APR at last weekend’s European Le Mans Series round here at Spa. 

#92 Porsche 911 GTE RSR -19. 2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Season 8 #6hSpa, Francorchamps, Belgium. Photo © John D Stevens.

The GTE Pro class was tight as ever with the Porsche GT Team eventually coming out top as Michael Christensen set a 2:16.057 in the #92 Porsche 911 RSR – 19. Maxime Martin made good use of his home track knowledge setting a 2:16.308 in his #97 Aston Martin Vantage AMR to hold second spot whilst the #91 Porsche closed out the top three with a 2:16.349 thanks to Gianmaria Bruni. 

No 83; AF CORSE; ITA; Ferrari 488 GTE EVO; François Perrodo (FRA); Emmanuel Collard (FRA); Nicklas Nielsen (DNK) 2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Season 8 #6hSpa, Francorchamps, Belgium.

In GTE Am, 0.16n of a second seemed to be the magic number, being the gap between each of the first, second and third cars. At the top of the pile was the #83 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE Am of Nicklas Nielsen which clocked in a lap of 2:17.853. 0.167 seconds behind him was Augusto Farfus in the #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR and 0.162 seconds behind him was Matteo Cairoli in the #56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR.