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WEC Shanghai: Conway heads Toyota 1-2 over Porsche in practice

#7 Toyota WEC Shanghai 2017

Toyota went fastest in the two opening sessions of free practice ahead of Sunday's penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship in Shanghai.

The #7 TS050 HYBRID topped the times with Mike Conway at the wheel in each of the 90-minute sessions, the Briton edging out the best of the Porsches in the opening period and the sister #8 Toyota in FP2.

Conway's fastest time of the day was a 1m44.741s posted early in session two, which represented an improvement of nearly 2.5 seconds on his mark set earlier in the day.

Anthony Davidson ended up second in the faster afternoon session with a 1m45.131s, while the quickest Porsche 919 Hybrid took third with a 1m45.269s from Brendon Hartley.

The sister Porsche was fourth on a 1m45.616s from Nick Tandy, who had earlier been second fastest in FP1.

The #13 Rebellion ORECA-Gibson 07 led the way in LMP2 in both sessions. Mathias Beche was fastest on a 1m52.533s in the opening period, before team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr improved by two seconds in the later session to end up on a 1m50.556s.

Thomas Laurent was less than a tenth behind with a 1m50.884s in the second session aboard the best of the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA-Gibsons.

The second Rebellion car ended up third, Julien Canal setting a best time of a 1m50.946s.

Ferrari and Ford shared out GTE Pro honours across the two sessions.

Stefan Mucke led the way in FP1 in the #66 Ganassi Ford GT with a 2m02.693s, before James Calado went seven tenths quicker in FP2 with a 2m01.913s at the wheel of the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE.

Porsche ended up with the second fastest time of the day, a 2m02.539s from Richard Lietz in the fastest of the two factory 911 RSRs.

Mucke's first-session mark put him third in the times from the day.

Matteo Cairoli was fastest in GTE Am for the Dempsey-Proton Porsche squad.

The opening practice session was delayed by an hour and a half courtesy of radio communication problems between race control and the marshals.

FP1 times

1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m47.182s-35
2LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.TandyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche1m47.414s0.232s35
3LMP1T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.HartleyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche1m47.637s0.455s34
4LMP1S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m47.929s0.747s36
5LMP2M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr.Vaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m52.533s5.351s36
6LMP2R.Rusinov, L.Roussel, N.MullerG-Drive RacingORECA/Gibson1m53.154s5.972s37
7LMP2R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.PetrovCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m53.330s6.148s33
8LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.CollardTDS RacingORECA/Gibson1m53.528s6.346s21
9LMP2H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.LaurentJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m53.561s6.379s33
10LMP2J.Canal, N.Prost, B.SennaVaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m53.890s6.708s32
11LMP2N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.NegraoSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson1m54.031s6.849s34
12LMP2D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.GommendyJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m54.196s7.014s36
13LMP2M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.VergneCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m54.212s7.030s27
14GTE ProS.Mucke, O.PlaFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord2m02.693s15.511s23
15GTE ProD.Turner, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m03.181s15.999s40
16GTE ProR.Lietz, F.MakowieckiPorsche GT TeamPorsche2m03.191s16.009s30
17GTE ProN.Thiim, M.SorensenAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m03.404s16.222s29
18GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche2m03.405s16.223s30
19GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord2m03.474s16.292s32
20GTE ProJ.Calado, A.P.GuidiAF CorseFerrari2m03.642s16.460s35
21GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari2m04.017s16.835s34
22GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.MolinaSpirit of RaceFerrari2m04.789s17.607s35
23GTE AmC.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.DienstDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche2m05.165s17.983s32
24GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m05.556s18.374s39
25GTE AmK.Al Qubaisi, B.Barker, N.FosterGulf RacingPorsche2m05.666s18.484s36
26GTE AmMok W.S., K.Sawa, M.GriffinClearwater RacingFerrari2m05.911s18.729s38

FP2 times

1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m44.741s-39
2LMP1S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1m45.131s0.390s40
3LMP1T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.HartleyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche1m45.269s0.528s35
4LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.TandyPorsche LMP TeamPorsche1m45.616s0.875s39
5LMP2M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr.Vaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m50.556s5.815s34
6LMP2H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.LaurentJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m50.884s6.143s29
7LMP2J.Canal, N.Prost, B.SennaVaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m50.946s6.205s35
8LMP2M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.VergneCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m50.993s6.252s43
9LMP2N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.NegraoSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson1m51.003s6.262s42
10LMP2D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.GommendyJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m51.410s6.669s38
11LMP2R.Rusinov, L.Roussel, N.MullerG-Drive RacingORECA/Gibson1m51.666s6.925s42
12LMP2R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.PetrovCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m52.096s7.355s39
13LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.CollardTDS RacingORECA/Gibson1m52.234s7.493s40
14GTE ProJ.Calado, A.P.GuidiAF CorseFerrari2m01.913s17.172s27
15GTE ProR.Lietz, F.MakowieckiPorsche GT TeamPorsche2m02.539s17.798s38
16GTE ProS.Mucke, O.PlaFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord2m02.724s17.983s39
17GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord2m02.939s18.198s37
18GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche2m03.147s18.406s39
19GTE AmC.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.DienstDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche2m03.353s18.612s39
20GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m03.684s18.943s39
21GTE ProN.Thiim, M.SorensenAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m03.765s19.024s39
22GTE AmMok W.S., K.Sawa, M.GriffinClearwater RacingFerrari2m04.040s19.299s35
23GTE AmK.Al Qubaisi, B.Barker, N.FosterGulf RacingPorsche2m04.117s19.376s35
24GTE ProD.Turner, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m04.269s19.528s39
25GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari2m04.293s19.552s28
26GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.MolinaSpirit of RaceFerrari2m04.602s19.861s36

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