Toyota Gazoo Racing topped the times once again in the second free practice of the weekend at Shanghai. Its fastest driver was Mike Conway in the No. 7 TS050, who also set the pace in the first session, although his 1m44.741s was 0.6s off his best lap during the morning.
Behind, Anthony Davidson made it a 1-2 for the Japanese brand, setting a 1m45.131 to put the No. 8 second. The best of the Porsches was third, with Brendon Hartley in the No. 2 the fastest of the team’s six drivers at 1m45.269s.
LMP2’s leaderboard was also a mirror of FP1; the No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA again topping the times, though this time it was Nelson Piquet Jr. rather than Mathias Beche who went fastest. The Brazilian’s quickest tour was a 1m50.556s, putting him ahead of the No. 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA of Frenchman Thomas Laurent, who set a 1m50.884s with just over an hour to run in the session.
Completing the top three in the class was the sister No. 31 Rebellion; Julien Canal the quick man there.
In the GTE ranks, AF Corse went fastest. While its two Ferrari 488 GTEs could only muster seventh and eighth in the times during FP1, James Calado put the No. 51 488 GTE first in FP2. Calado’s fastest lap was a 2m01.913s which was also the fastest lap of the day in GTE, and the only tour in the 2m01s.
Behind, the No. 91 Porsche ended up second, 0.6s off, with the FP1-topping No. 66 Chip Ganassi Ford GT rounding out the top three after Olivier Pla’s 2m02.539s.
In FP1 Aston Martin Racing’s Pro class Vantages were second and fourth, though in the second session, the marque struggled to find the same pace, its two Pro cars sixth and seventh in Pro, and slower than the GTE Am sister Vantage which was second in class.
The No. 98 Aston Martin was second to the Dempsey Proton Porsche, which finished the day with a 2m03.353s from Matteo Cairoli – good enough for sixth in the overall GTE ranks.
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Free Practice 2 is set to begin tomorrow morning at 10am local time.