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Austin WEC: Brendon Hartley leads Porsche 1-2 in third practice

Porsche, 17, Austin

Porsche again blocked out the top two positions in final free practice ahead of Friday afternoon's qualifying session for the Austin World Endurance Championship round.

Brendon Hartley went fastest in the 60-minute session with a 1m46.435s, which put him three tenths up on the sister Porsche 919 Hybrid in which Neel Jani set a 1m46.781s.

Audi, which had split the Porsches in the second session, took third position with a 1m47.436s from Loic Duval.

That was seven tenths quicker than the second R18 e-tron quattro, which ended up fourth with Andre Lotterer's 1m48.207s.

The Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs again ended up fifth and sixth in the hands of Mike Conway and Sebastien Buemi, with times more than two-and-a-half seconds off the pace.

The Signatech Alpine squad was fastest in the LMP2 division with its ORECA-Nissan 03R.

Paul-Loup Chatin's best time of 1m56.178s put him half a tenth up on Nicolas Lapierre in the KCMG ORECA-Nissan 05.

Porsche led the way in GTE Pro with Patrick Pilet.

His session best of 2m05.134s aboard his Manthey-run 911 RSR was two tenths quicker than a late lap from Gianmaria Bruni in the best of the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italias.

GTE Am was led by Aston Martin Racing driver Pedro Lamy.


1LMP1T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.HartleyPorsche TeamPorsche1m46.435s-
2LMP1R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.LiebPorsche TeamPorsche1m46.781s0.346s
3LMP1L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.JarvisAudi Sport Team JoestAudi1m47.436s1.001s
4LMP1M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.TreluyerAudi Sport Team JoestAudi1m48.207s1.772s
5LMP1A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.ConwayToyota RacingToyota1m49.112s2.677s
6LMP1A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.NakajimaToyota RacingToyota1m49.221s2.786s
7LMP1N.Prost, M.Beche, N.HeidfeldRebellion RacingRebellion/AER1m53.115s6.680s
8LMP1A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, D.AbtRebellion RacingRebellion/AER1m54.344s7.909s
9LMP1S.Trummer, P.KafferTeam ByKollesCLM/AER1m55.442s9.007s
10LMP2N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, V.CapillaireSignatech AlpineAlpine/Nissan1m56.178s9.743s
11LMP2M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.LapierreKCMGORECA/Nissan1m56.231s9.796s
12LMP2P.Ragues, O.Webb, A.HamiltonTeam SARD MorandMorgan/SARD1m56.454s10.019s
13LMP2S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.H.HanssonExtreme Speed MotorsportsLigier/HPD1m56.784s10.349s
14LMP2G.Yacaman, P.Derani, R.GonzalezG-Drive RacingLigier/Nissan1m56.855s10.420s
15LMP2N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.KaneStrakka RacingGibson/Nissan1m56.887s10.452s
16LMP2R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.BirdG-Drive RacingLigier/Nissan1m57.327s10.892s
17LMP2E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.FogartyExtreme Speed MotorsportsLigier/HPD1m57.382s10.947s
18GTE ProP.Pilet, F.MakowieckiPorsche Team MantheyPorsche2m05.134s18.699s
19GTE ProG.Bruni, T.VilanderAF CorseFerrari2m05.379s18.944s
20GTE ProR.Lietz, M.ChristensenPorsche Team MantheyPorsche2m05.521s19.086s
21GTE ProF.Rees, A.MacDowall, R.StanawayAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m05.995s19.560s
22GTE ProD.Rigon, J.CaladoAF CorseFerrari2m06.275s19.840s
23GTE ProD.Turner, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m06.564s20.129s
24GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m06.639s20.204s
25GTE AmG.Roda, P.Ruberti, K.PoulsenLarbre CompetitionChevrolet2m06.760s20.325s
26GTE ProM.Sorensen, C.NygaardAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m06.821s20.386s
27GTE AmV.Shaytar, A.Bertolini, A.BasovSMP RacingFerrari2m07.026s20.591s
28GTE AmC.Ried, K.Al Qubaisi, E.BamberAbu Dhabi-Proton RacingPorsche2m07.596s21.161s
29GTE AmF.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.AguasAF CorseFerrari2m07.728s21.293s
30GTE AmF.Castellacci, B.Simonsen, S.HallAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m07.777s21.342s
31GTE AmP.Dempsey, P.Long, M.SeefriedDempsey Racing - ProtonPorsche2m09.826s23.391s

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