6 Hours of Silverstone Friday roundup.
A pretty eventful day at Silverstone. Here's the rundown from WEC.
Free practise 1:
Free practise 1 was certainly eventful, with two red flags during the session the teams got much less mileage in than they would've liked. The first red flag was due to a mighty shut from Bruno Senna at Copse corner. I'm not too sure what went wrong but reports are than Senna has a fractured ankle and can no longer compete in this round of the championship. I wish him a speedy recovery. The red flag, however, caused a 30 minute delay to the session. The second red flag of the session was caused when the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 started spilling oil on the track at " The Loop".
Bruno's sister car driven by Mathias Beche
Other than the red flags watching the cars flying around for the first time was magical. The various shapes and sounds flying around the circuit dancing on the limit of grip was just something else. The first time you see a LMP1 accelerate out of a corner overtaking a GTE car blows you mind. The way the prototypes gain speed is ridiculous. And those Porsche RSR's are deafening but are the best sounding things on the track by far.
Fastest times per category:
LMP1: Toyota Gazoo Racing #7, Jose Maria Lopez, 1:42:145
LMP2: TDS Racing #28, Matthieu Vaxiviere, 1:51:804
GTE PRO: Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #66, Stefan Mücke, 1:57:614
GTE AM: Dempsey Proton Racing #88, Giorgio Roda, 2:04:979
After Free Practise 1 you have the perfect time to explore the venue. Walking into one of the car parks by the wing we found some pretty serious metal:
Ferrari F40. I dont need to say anymore.
Carrera 2.7 RS. So small and utterly gorgeous.
1 of 100 GT12's
Not as serious as the others. But, the DB11 AMR is brand new so why not?
Free practise 2:
Free practise 2 was a much smoother session compared to the first with there only being one FCY (full course yellow.) Not too sure what happened and haven't found any sources of what happened either. But Toyota continued to extend their lead with Mike Conway setting a new fastest time. The Rebellion of Senna, Jani and Lotterer didn't take to the track and neither did the ByKolles car. With only one Rebellion in the running SMP Racing took the lead of the privateer LMP1 cars with a time of 1:40:179. Even still it's nearly two seconds off the leading Toyota.
Mike Conway driving the TS050 through Becketts.
In GTE PRO Ford continued to extend their advantage over the rest of the field with the Aston martin of Maxime Martin splitting the two Fords on the time sheet. Sucks to see the team I support (Porsche) fall down the timing sheet but hopefully we can pull it back in qualifying tomorrow afternoon. GTE AM is still controlled by the Dempsey Proton team. At least a Porsche is top of one GTE category.
Same colours but leagues apart.
991.2 RSR Flyby from Becketts through Chapel down the hangar straight.
Fastest times per category:
LMP1: Toyota Gazoo Racing #7, Mike Conway, 1:38:536
LMP2: Jackie Chan DC Racing #38, Stéphane Richemi, 1:45:311
GTE PRO: Ford Chip Ganassi UK #67, Harry Tincknell, 1:56:898
GTE AM: Dempsey Proton Racing #88, Giorgio Roda, 1:59:105
Stay tuned for more WEC news! Cheers Iowan.