WEC: Team Penske Quickest in FP2 at Spa; Porsche Maintains Advantage in LMGTE | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

WEC: Team Penske Quickest in FP2 at Spa; Porsche Maintains Advantage in LMGTE

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06.05.22

The second Free Practice session ahead of tomorrow’s 2022 TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw Team Penske top their first ever WEC session

Felipe Nasr’s lap ensured that the American team lead the 36-car field in the 90-minute session held in dry, sunny and cool conditions. 

Porsche GT Team again led LMGTE Pro with the No.92 Porsche 911 RSR-19. No.46 Project 1 Porsche maintained their top spot in LMGTE Am, while Glickenhaus Racing did likewise in the Hypercar category and also lapped P2 overall. 

The session was red-flagged six minutes from the end due to debris on the track. The top eight positions were covered by 0.9s.

The Headlines after FP2 at Spa:

Hypercar   

  • Glickenhaus make it two top Hypercar positions in two sessions but this time it is Olivier Pla at the wheel of the No.708 American entered entry. Pla set a best lap of 2m04.464s 
  • No.8 Toyota places second in FP2 as Brendon Hartley laps in 2m04.692s just 0.2s off Pla’s best 
  • Sister Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar is third with Jose-Maria Lopez peaking on a best lap of 2m05128s 
  • Alpine ELF Team entered Alpine A480-Gibson driven by Andre Negrao place fourth

LMGTE Pro   

  • Porsche GT Team stays atop the times but unlike yesterday it is Michael Christensen who sets the time in the No.92 Porsche 919 RSR-19 with a 2m14.366s lap 
  • AF Corse Ferrari are second and third in the session with the No.51 car ahead of No.52 
  • James Calado and Antonio Fuoco set the times respectively for the Prancing Horse 
  • No.91 Porsche places fourth as Richard Lietz sets best time in session  
  • Corvette Racing fifth as Tommy Milner continues to master Spa track on his first visit. American gets to within 0.1s of Lietz’s time

LMP2

  • Nasr’s headline-grabbing lap also leads LMP2 class as Team Penske completes the impressive session 
  • United Autosports USA is second as No.23 entry of Oliver Jarvis, Alex Lynn and Joshua Pierson enjoy a strong session 
  • Jarvis sets the fastest lap with a 2m04.821s lap 
  • Prema Orlen Team place a close third as Louis Deletraz sets a 2m05.020s best 
  • JOTA is fifth and sixth with No.38 heading No.28 car

LMGTE Am    

  • Matteo Cairoli continues to be the clear pacesetter in LMGTE Am category as the Italian laps in 2m15.604s and is again the only driver in the class to get into the 2m15’s bracket in No.46 Team Project 1 Porsche he shares with Nicolas Leutwiler and Mikkel Pedersen 
  • No.77 Dempsey Proton are second as Sebastien Priaulx continues to impress in his first WEC season. Guernsey born driver peaks on a 2m16.240s lap 
  • Iron Lynx makes sure a Ferrari 1-2-3 is thwarted as veteran Giancarlo Fisichella sets a 2m16.260s lap 
  • Only full course yellow of the session comes in the early phase when Simon Mann spins his No.21 AF Corse into gravel trap but quickly recovers to re-join the action