WEC Spa: Rebellion stays top in FP2, Aston Martin tops GTE

Gary Watkins
·4 min read
Rebellion stays top in WEC Spa FP2
Rebellion stays top in WEC Spa FP2

Rebellion Racing remained on top in second free practice for this weekend's Spa round of the World Endurance Championship.

Gustavo Menezes ended up quickest aboard the team's Rebellion-Gibson R-13 with a 2m00.878s lap that put the car half a second up on the best of the Toyotas.

The pair of Japanese cars led the way initially before Norman Nato went fastest in the Rebellion with a 2m00.987s, which Menezes then improved upon by a tenth.

A qualifying simulation lap from Brendon Hartley produced a 2m01.438s right at the start of the session, which put the #8 car second in the final times.

Kamui Kobayashi was only four hundredths slower on a 2m01.480s without going for a qualifying run to end up third.

The ByKolles ENSO CLM-Gibson P1/01 brought up the rear of the LMP1 pack in fifth position overall behind the fastest LMP2 car.

Tom Dillmann posted a 2m03.503s, which represented a small improvement on the time which Oliver Webb put the car second in opening free practice.

Thomas Laurent's 2m03.371s in the Signatech Alpine ORECA-Gibson 07 put him sixth tenths up on Job van Uitert's 2m03.978s aboard the TDS-run Racing Team Nederland ORECA.

Third fastest in class was the United Autosports ORECA on a 2m04.533s set by Paul di Resta.

Jackie Chan DC Racing driver Gabriel Aubry and the Algarve Pro team will not take part in this weekend's Spa round after failing COVID-19 tests, with both the driver and the team members now in quarantine in a hotel close to the circuit.

Rebellion stays top in WEC Spa FP2
Rebellion stays top in WEC Spa FP2

Aston Martin blocked out the top two positions in GTE Pro as local hero Maxime Martin outpaced team-mate Nicki Thiim by nearly seven tenths of a second.

Martin posted a 2m14.678s on his home track with just over 20 minutes of the session to go aboard his Vantage GTE, which compared with Thiim's 2m15.345s.

The improvement by the Astons pushed the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo in which Miguel Molina had led the class order with a 2m16.044s down to third.

Kevin Estre set the best time by a Porsche 911 RSR, a 2m16.065s, to take fourth position.

Matteo Cairoli jumped to the top of the GTE Am times in the fastest of the Project 1 Porsches with a 2m16.991s, which put him nearly half a second up on AF Corse Ferrari driver Giancarlo Fisichella.

Spa WEC - Free Pracitce 2 Results

Pos

Class

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

LMP1

B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.Nato

Rebellion Racing

Rebellion/Gibson

2m00.878s

2

LMP1

S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

0.560s

3

LMP1

M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez

Toyota Gazoo Racing

Toyota

0.602s

4

LMP2

T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues

Signatech Alpine Elf

Alpine/Gibson

2.493s

5

LMP1

T.Dillmann, B.Spengler, O.Webb

ByKOLLES Racing Team

ENSO CLM/NISMO

2.625s

6

LMP2

F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, J.van Uitert

Racing Team Nederland

ORECA/Gibson

3.100s

7

LMP2

P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta

United Autosports

ORECA/Gibson

3.655s

8

LMP2

N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny

COOL Racing

ORECA/Gibson

3.938s

9

LMP2

M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.Fjordbach

High Class Racing

ORECA/Gibson

4.322s

10

LMP2

R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto

Cetilar Racing

Dallara/Gibson

4.520s

11

LMP2

H-Pin Tung, R.Cullen, W.Stevens

Jackie Chan DC Racing

ORECA/Gibson

4.911s

12

LMP2

N.Yamanaka, N.Foster, R.Merhi

Eurasia Motorsport

Ligier/Gibson

4.922s

13

LMP2

R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.Davidson

JOTA

ORECA/Gibson

5.572s

14

GTE Pro

A.Lynn, M.Martin

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin

13.800s

15

GTE Pro

M.Sorensen, N.Thiim

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin

14.467s

16

GTE Pro

D.Rigon, M.Molina

AF Corse

Ferrari

15.166s

17

GTE Pro

M.Christensen, K.Estre

Porsche GT Team

Porsche

15.187s

18

GTE Pro

J.Calado, A.P.Guidi

AF Corse

Ferrari

15.201s

19

GTE Pro

G.Bruni, R.Lietz

Porsche GT Team

Porsche

15.640s

20

GTE Am

E.Perfetti, L.Horr, M.Cairoli

Team Project 1

Porsche

16.113s

21

GTE Am

T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella

AF Corse

Ferrari

16.532s

22

GTE Am

B.Keating, F.Fraga, J.Bleekemolen

Team Project 1

Porsche

16.540s

23

GTE Am

S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam

TF Sport

Aston Martin

16.641s

24

GTE Am

P.D.Lana, A.Farfus, R.Gunn

Aston Martin Racing

Aston Martin

16.862s

25

GTE Am

C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell

Dempsey-Proton Racing

Porsche

17.078s

26

GTE Am

F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen

AF Corse

Ferrari

17.528s

27

GTE Am

M.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.Barker

Gulf Racing

Porsche

17.747s

28

GTE Am

B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings

Red River Sport

Ferrari

17.769s

29

GTE Am

G.Giraudi, R.Sanchez, L.Legeret

Dempsey-Proton Racing

Porsche

18.523s


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