WEC: Porsche quickest in rain-affected practice sessions


Porsche managed to make the most of the wet conditions at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday to top both practice sessions ahead of the second round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship this weekend.

On a day marred by wet weather and a heavy accident for Kazuki Nakajima in the no. 1 Toyota, the no. 18 Porsche of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas managed to post a fastest lap of 2:16.616 in FP1, finishing half a second clear of the field.

In spite of the accident, the no. 1 Toyota finished second in the final standings ahead of the other two Porsche cars, with the no. 17 finishing ahead of the no. 19 car for third place.

The result was reversed for FP2, though, as Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy and Force India F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg topped the timesheets with a best lap of 2:25.495 despite completing just four laps in the torrential rain.

In LMP2, the no. 42 Strakka Racing car of Nick Leventis, Danny Watts and Jonny Kane topped both sessions ahead of the no. 38 Jota Sport car, which finished second in its first official WEC running of the season.

Porsche’s impressive start to the race weekend at Spa continued in the GTE Pro class, with the no. 91 car of Sven Muller and Kevin Estre finishing fastest in FP1 before its sister 911, the no. 92 of Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz, set the best time in FP2. Aston Martin Racing did manage to get among the Porsches in the second session, as the no. 99 finished second by three-tenths of a second.

In GTE Am, Abu Dhabi Proton Racing continued to fly the Porsche flag high by finishing fastest with its no. 88 car in FP1. AF Corse bounced back in FP2, though, as Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas took top spot.

For complete classification of FP1 and FP2, click here.

Qualifying for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps takes place on Friday following FP3, with the race being held on Saturday afternoon.