Defending Champions Top Final Sao Paulo Practice


Marcel Fassler returned the #1 car to the top of the times (Credit: Jeam Michel le Meur/DPPI)

Marcel Fassler was the fastest man in the final session for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Six Hours of Sao Paulo before qualifying for tomorrow’s fourth round of the 2013 season.

Fassler’s lap (1:21.292) in the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro he shares with Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer pushed out Anthony Davidson’s Friday morning time as the best lap of the weekend. The Briton, in the lone TS030 Hybrid was second fastest – also inside his first practice time – with Tom Kristensen third fastest in the #2 Audi, though his best lap was just over two tenths slower than Fassler’s pace setter.

Friday’s best time were eclipsed in every class. James Walker was the fastest man in LMP2 for the DeltaADR squad completed by Tor Graves and Robbie Kerr. The top five in the class were all under the overnight benchmark laid down by Mike Conway in Friday’s second session. The top seven of the nine car class were all covered by a second at the end of the session, the pair of OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan’s second and third fastest, Greaves Motorsport’s new recruit Bjorn Wirdheim fourth fastest in the Zytek-Nissan.

Aston Martin Racing’s hold on the LMGTE Pro class remained intact, Stefan Mucke taking over as the fastest man in the class from his co-driver Darren Turner. Just as in LMP2 the top seven were covered by less than a second, although that number includes the entire class. The top three were only split by 0.125 seconds, the bracket including all three manufacturers with Patrick Pilet second fastest of Porsche AG Team Manthey and Gianmaria Bruni third in an improved showing for AF Corse’s Ferrari 458s.

Ferrari teams also improved in LMGTE Am, Davide Rigon moving the 8Star Motorsports to the top of the class in the session, ahead of the pair of Aston Martin Racing entries in the class, again headed by Nicki Thiim in the #95. Stuart Hall in the sister Vantage was third fastest. The #61 AF Corse Ferrari was fourth in class, the Imsa Performance Matmut Porsche fifth.