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Toyota and Ferrari Bounce to the Top in Free Practice 2

2016 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Free Practice 2
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Toyota set a 1-2 in the second red flag shortened Free Practice session of the day at Round 2 of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Belgium, with the no6 Toyota TS050 ending the session at the top of the time sheets with Stéphane Sarrazin posting a 1m58.556 lap, 0.155 ahead of Kazuki Nakajima in the no5 Toyota.  The red flag was shown with six minutes of the 90 minute session remaining after the no50 Larbre Competition Corvette went off at Turn 13 and there wasn’t enough time to recover the car safely, so the session was halted and not resumed.

Sarrazin’s time was 0.544 slower than the best time set by Brendon Hartley in the earlier session and the two Porsche 919s posted the third and fourth fastest times in FP2.  The leading Audi was the no7 car of Benoît Tréluyer with a 2m00.299 lap while the no8 was stranded in the garage with a technical issue and didn’t post a lap time for the whole session.  The no12 Rebellion was the fastest of the privateers with Nick Heidfeld setting a 2m04.850 lap.

The best LMP2 time of the day was set by the no45 Manor Oreca-Nissan with Roberto Mehri setting a 2m07.865 lap, 1.1 seconds quicker than the best time in Free Practice 1.  The no38 G-Drive Racing Gibson of Giedo Van Der Garde was second quickest, with the no36 Signatech Alpine third 

Like Aston Martin in Free Practice 1, Ferrari took the top spots in both LMGTE classes with James Calado posting a 2m18.494 in the no51 AF Corse Ferrari 488, 0.5 seconds ahead of the no97 Aston Martin and 0.8 seconds quicker than the best time in FP1.  The no83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 was the quickest of the six AM class runners, with Rui Aguas setting a 2m20.130 lap, 0.27 ahead of the no86 Abu Dhabi-Proton Competition Porsche and 0.8 seconds ahead of the no98 Aston Martin.

The no67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT and the no78 KCMG Porsche were both black flagged for repeated track limit violations.

The third and final 60-minute Free Practice session will take place tomorrow at 11h10 and will be followed by qualifying for the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps at 16h05.