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WEC: United Autosports Heads the Field After FP1 at Spa


The #22 United Autosports Oreca was the fastest car in the first practice session of the Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Round 1 of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship.  

Filipe Albuquerque posted a 2m04.083, 0.2 seconds ahead of the #36 Alpine Elf Matmut A480 of Matthieu Vaxiviere, the fastest of the three cars entered in the Hypercar category for this weekend’s race.

The two Toyota GR010-hybrids finished the 90-minute session in 7th and 10th overall, the #7 Toyota the quickest of the two with a 2m04.574 set by Mike Conway, with Kazuki Nakajima setting a 2m04.947 lap in the #8.

The #70 Realteam Racing Oreca of Norman Nato was the second fastest LMP2 entry in 3rd overall, however the French driver was forced to stop on track after completing just 8 laps, the fastest being a 2m04.471.

In the LMGTE Pro battle it was Porsche that took the top spot ahead of Ferrari and Corvette.  The #92 911 RSR-19 of Kevin Estre was the fastest of the five entries, setting a 2m13.466, just 0.034s ahead of the #91 Porsche of Richard Lietz.  The#51 AF Corse 488 of Alessandro Pier Guidi was third quickest, with a 2m13.715 lap.

Porsche also headed the LMGTE Am, with the #56 Team Project 1 911 of Matteo Cairoli topping the times with a 2m13.941, 0.284s ahead of the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche of Matt Campbell.

Free Practice 2 for the Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will take place tomorrow morning at 09h30.