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WEC Sebring: Jose Maria Lopez puts Toyota clear again in practice

Toyota WEC Sebring 2019

Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez set the fastest time of the weekend so far in final practice for the Sebring 1000 Miles World Endurance Championship round.

After taking over the #7 TS050 Hybrid from Mike Conway, Lopez posted a best time of 1m41.448s in the 60-minute session, eclipsing his own best time set in Wednesday evening's second practice.

But it remains three tenths shy of Conway's unofficial record set last weekend in testing.

Fernando Alonso set the best time in the #8 Toyota, a 1m42.101s - 0.653s adrift of Lopez - as both Toyotas stretched their advantage over the non-hybrid LMP1 runners.

Best of the rest was DragonSpeed's Gibson-powered BR Engineering BR1 of Renger van der Zande, albeit the Dutchman's best time was 2.7s off the pace.

Rebellion Racing's two R13-Gibsons were fourth and fifth, with Neel Jani in the #1 managing a time a little more than a tenth quicker than Gustavo Menezes in the #3.

Both SMP Racing BR1s were some five seconds slower than the Toyotas, with Vitaly Petrov's best lap putting the #11 car ahead of the #17 machine of Egor Orudzhev.

Gabriel Aubry, who is on double WEC/IMSA SportsCar Championship duty weekend at Sebring, recorded the best time in the LMP2 class in the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca.

Proton Porsche WEC Sebring 2019

The Frenchman's late 1m48.353s effort was enough to eclipse Nicolas Lapierre in the #36 Signatech Alpine Oreca by 0.141s.

Racing Team Nederland's Dallara P217 was third-fastest in the hands of Nyck de Vries.

GTE Pro was led by Ford courtesy of a 1m57.730s effort from Andy Priaulx in the #67 car, slightly quicker than the class benchmark from Wednesday evening.

Porsche's pair of 911 RSRs filled the next two spots, Michael Christensen in the #92 narrowly shading Gianmaria Bruni in the #91 car, while Alessandro Pier Guidi put the best of the Ferraris in fourth.

Aston Martin, which topped FP2, propped up the GTE Pro times in 10th and 11th, behind the sole Corvette Racing C7.R in ninth place.

The pacesetter in GTE Am and fifth-quickest of the GTE cars generally was Matt Campbell in the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche, pictured above, the Australian going seven tenths clear of the field.

Paul Dalla Lana prompted a full-course yellow period when he spun the #98 Aston Martin Vantage at Turn 17 a little over half an hour into the session and hit the tyre barriers backwards.

Practice three result

PosClassDriverTeamGapLaps
1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo Racing1m41.448s27
2LMP1S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.AlonsoToyota Gazoo Racing0.653s29
3LMP1H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der ZandeDragonSpeed2.708s22
4LMP1N.Jani, M.Beche, B.SennaRebellion Racing3.106s22
5LMP1N.Berthon, T.Laurent, G.MenezesRebellion Racing3.259s28
6LMP1M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, B.HartleySMP Racing4.951s21
7LMP1S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev, S.SirotkinSMP Racing5.327s17
8LMP2H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.RichelmiJackie Chan DC Racing6.905s24
9LMP2N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.ThirietSignatech Alpine Matmut7.046s23
10LMP2F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de VriesRacing Team Nederland7.580s27
11LMP2R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.DavidsonDragonSpeed7.613s23
12LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, L.DuvalTDS Racing7.885s25
13LMP2D.H.Hansson, J.King, W.StevensJackie Chan DC Racing7.905s21
14LMP2E.Creed, R.Ricci, G.JeannetteLarbre Competition9.329s23
15GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.Tincknell, J.BomaritoFord Chip Ganassi Team UK16.282s23
16GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT Team16.604s19
17GTE ProR.Lietz, G.BruniPorsche GT Team16.635s22
18GTE ProA.P.Guidi, J.Calado, D.SerraAF Corse16.917s23
19GTE AmC.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.CampbellDempsey-Proton Racing17.106s20
20GTE ProS.Mucke, O.Pla, B.JohnsonFord Chip Ganassi Team UK17.147s21
21GTE ProD.Rigon, S.Bird, M.MolinaAF Corse17.340s19
22GTE ProM.Tomczyk, N.Catsburg, A.SimsBMW Team MTEK17.416s24
23GTE ProA.Farfus, A.F.da Costa, B.SpenglerBMW Team MTEK17.647s20
24GTE ProJ.Magnussen, A.Garcia, M.RockenfellerCorvette Racing17.682s12
25GTE AmG.Roda, G.Roda, M.CairoliDempsey-Proton Racing17.812s22
26GTE AmJ.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.PerfettiTeam Project 118.157s21
27GTE ProM.Sorensen, N.Thiim, D.TurnerAston Martin Racing18.161s27
28GTE ProA.Lynn, M.MartinAston Martin Racing18.213s22
29GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.FisichellaSpirit of Race18.251s24
30GTE AmS.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.EastwoodTF Sport18.486s22
31GTE AmM.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.CheeverMR Racing18.681s21
32GTE AmM.Wainwright, B.Barker, T.PreiningGulf Racing18.981s24
33GTE AmL.P.-Companc, M.Cressoni, M.GriffinClearwater Racing19.131s24
34GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin Racing20.159s13
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