Neel Jani fastest again on second morning of WEC test at Monza
|By Jamie Klein||Sunday, April 2nd 2017, 10:10 GMT|
Neel Jani ensured Porsche remained ahead of LMP1 rival Toyota in the penultimate test session of the WEC Prologue in Monza on Sunday morning.
Morning rain ensured a damp track surface and a slow start to the session, although all four manufacturer LMP1 cars took advantage of the situation to get some wet running under their belts.
The #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID of Kazuki Nakajima that controlled proceedings early on, the Japanese driver holding the top spot after the first half-hour, but as conditions improved the Porsches came to the fore.
Earl Bamber led in the #2 919 Hybrid after the one-hour mark, having lapped within three seconds of Mike Conway's best time from Saturday, before Jani put the #1 car ahead with a 1m32.020s, which stood as the benchmark entering the final hour.
Despite Brendon Hartley coming within 0.004 seconds of the Swiss driver's effort after taking over the #2 machine from compatriot Bamber, it was Jani's time that remained the best of the session - albeit some way off Conway's 1m31.332s from the previous day.
Toyota ended up third and fourth, with the #8's best time - a 1m32.500s - coming courtesy of Nakajima.
Kamui Kobayashi recorded the #7 car's quickest tour, a 1m32.549s.
The remaining LMP1 entry, ByKolles, did not run after the team opted to abandon the Prologue early due to technical issues with its car.
In LMP2, Matthieu Vaxiviere propelled the TDS squad to the top of the class timesheets, the French driver recording a late effort of 1m36.078s in the #28 ORECA-Gibson - a marginal improvement on Bruno Senna's class benchmark from Saturday.
Roman Rusinov made it a TDS one-two in the team's G-Drive- backed #26 ORECA, with a best of 1m36.456s, with Mathias Beche taking third in the #13 Rebellion entry.
Porsche maintained it stranglehold on the GTE Pro division, with Kevin Estre setting the pace in the #92 911 RSR with a best time of 1m47.507s, a couple of tenths shy of the car's best time from Saturday.
Frederic Makowiecki made it a Porsche one-two in the sister #91 car with a time just 0.005s slower, edging out Harry Tincknell in the quickest Ford by 0.027s in the process.
Davide Rigon was the best of the Ferrari drivers as he put the #71 machine fifth in class, behind the second Ford but ahead of the sister #51 488 GTE and both Aston Martins.
The Italian marque was quickest in the GTE Am class, thanks to former Audi DTM man Miguel Molina logging a best time of 1m49.843s in the #54 Spirit of Race car.