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Fuji WEC: Porsche leads as rain and crash disrupt Friday practice

Porsche Fuji WEC 2017

Porsche ended up fastest after a pair of wet free practice sessions for this weekend's Fuji round of the World Endurance Championship.

The two Porsche 919 Hybrids set the best times of the day in the opening session in the hands of Andre Lotterer and Earl Bamber before a red flag and then heavy rain limited running in the second of the two 90-minute periods.

Lotterer led the way in the morning with a 1m35.527s, which put him just over a tenth of a second up on the 1m35.660s set by Bamber in the sister car.

The best of the Toyota TS050 HYBRIDs was just under half a second back on a 1m35.738s from Jose Maria Lopez.

Sebastien Buemi was a further tenth behind in the second of TS050.

Lopez was at the top of the session-two times in the #7 Toyota on a 1m39.202s when it was red-flagged with 22 minutes on the clock after Vitaly Petrov went off in his Manor LMP2 ORECA-Gibson 07.

Barrier repairs and then an intensification of the rain prevented the session from restarting for nearly 45 minutes.

The #7 Toyota was the only LMP1 car to return to the track for the final 25 minutes of the session.

Jackie Chan DC ORECA Fuji WEC 2017

Alex Brundle was fastest in LMP2 for the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA squad with a 1m42.735s.

That put Brundle just under half a second up on Matthieu Vaxiviere in the TDS Racing ORECA.

The second of the DC Racing ORECAs was fastest in P2 in session two in the hands of Thomas Laurent on a 1m47.437s.

Petrov had just gone third fastest in class when he hit the barriers at the long Turn 4 right-hander.

The two factory Porsches were quickest in GTE Pro with times set in the opening session.

Michael Christensen's 1m47.365s put him just over two tenths up on team-mate Richard Lietz in the sister Porsche 911 RSR.

Davide Rigon was third fastest in the best of the factory AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs, while Miguel Molina was only marginally slower on the way to topping the GTE Am times in his AF entry.

Olivier Pla ended up fastest in GTE Pro for the Ganassi in the afternoon session with a 1m52.658s.

FP1 times

1LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.TandyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche1m35.527s-34
2LMP1T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.HartleyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche1m35.660s0.133s35
3LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m36.010s0.483s38
4LMP1S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m36.105s0.578s38
5LMP2D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.GommendyJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m42.735s7.208s40
6LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.CollardTDS RacingORECA/Gibson1m43.225s7.698s37
7LMP2H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.LaurentJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m43.327s7.800s38
8LMP2M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.VergneCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m43.533s8.006s33
9LMP2N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.NegraoSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson1m43.727s8.200s28
10LMP2R.Rusinov, P.Thiriet, J.RossiterG-Drive RacingORECA/Gibson1m43.912s8.385s36
11LMP2J.Canal, N.Prost, B.SennaVaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m44.287s8.760s34
12LMP2M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr.Vaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m44.370s8.843s37
13LMP2R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.PetrovCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m45.228s9.701s32
14GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche1m47.365s11.838s35
15GTE ProR.Lietz, F.MakowieckiPorsche GT TeamPorsche1m47.617s12.090s35
16GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari1m47.627s12.100s32
17GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.MolinaSpirit of RaceFerrari1m47.655s12.128s37
18GTE ProJ.Calado, A.P.GuidiAF CorseFerrari1m47.681s12.154s37
19GTE ProS.Mucke, O.PlaFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord1m47.881s12.354s31
20GTE AmMok W.S., K.Sawa, M.GriffinClearwater RacingFerrari1m48.246s12.719s28
21GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord1m48.710s13.183s25
22GTE ProN.Thiim, M.SorensenAston Martin RacingAston Martin1m48.834s13.307s29
23GTE AmC.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.DienstDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche1m49.042s13.515s36
24GTE ProD.Turner, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin1m49.210s13.683s30
25GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin1m50.967s15.440s31
26GTE AmM.Hedlund, B.Barker, N.FosterGulf RacingPorsche1m52.439s16.912s32

FP2 times

1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m39.202s-7
2LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.TandyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche1m40.523s1.321s6
3LMP1S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m41.413s2.211s6
4LMP1T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.HartleyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche1m42.783s3.581s6
5LMP2H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.LaurentJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m47.437s8.235s5
6LMP2J.Canal, N.Prost, B.SennaVaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m47.521s8.319s8
7LMP2R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.PetrovCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m48.004s8.802s8
8LMP2R.Rusinov, P.Thiriet, J.RossiterG-Drive RacingORECA/Gibson1m49.152s9.950s6
9LMP2M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr.Vaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m50.604s11.402s10
10LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.CollardTDS RacingORECA/Gibson1m50.920s11.718s5
11LMP2N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.NegraoSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson1m51.228s12.026s8
12LMP2D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.GommendyJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m52.630s13.428s8
13GTE ProS.Mucke, O.PlaFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord1m52.658s13.456s16
14GTE ProR.Lietz, F.MakowieckiPorsche GT TeamPorsche1m52.710s13.508s6
15GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche1m52.719s13.517s7
16GTE AmMok W.S., K.Sawa, M.GriffinClearwater RacingFerrari1m53.381s14.179s7
17GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.MolinaSpirit of RaceFerrari1m53.407s14.205s5
18GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord1m53.409s14.207s12
19GTE ProJ.Calado, A.P.GuidiAF CorseFerrari1m53.772s14.570s4
20GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari1m53.932s14.730s10
21GTE ProD.Turner, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin1m54.760s15.558s11
22GTE ProN.Thiim, M.SorensenAston Martin RacingAston Martin1m54.870s15.668s5
23LMP2M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.VergneCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m54.899s15.697s5
24GTE AmM.Hedlund, B.Barker, N.FosterGulf RacingPorsche1m55.512s16.310s4
25GTE AmC.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.DienstDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche1m59.453s20.251s8
26GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m00.394s21.192s3

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