#2 Audi Bounces Back To Top FP2 In Fuji


The #2 Audi trio made up for lost time in the second free practice session, setting the fastest time after missing much of the opening session.

Loic Duval, who was at the wheel at the time of the FP1 accident, topped the time sheets with a time of 1:27.333 seconds, 0.5 seconds faster than team-mate Marcel Fassler in the #1 Audi. The #8 Toyota was once again the faster of the two TS030 Hybrids, although this time by only one thousandth of a second with Stephane Sarrazin setting a time of 1:27.977 seconds.

Nissan once again dominated the LMP2 class, with Mike Conway setting the best time again in the G-Drive Racing Oreca-Nissan, setting a time of 1:32.662 seconds, over a second faster than his previous fastest lap. This time, however, it was the #27 Gainer International Zytek-Nissan of Bjorn Wirdheim who was the closest to Conway’s time, closely followed by the #24 OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan of Alex Brundle.

Aston Martin once again led the way in LMGTE Pro, with Richie Stanaway placing the #99 Vantage V8 at the top of the times with a 1:39.848, 3 tenths slower than the #97 Aston Martin’s time from the morning session. Ferrari made up some ground in the afternoon, with Giancarlo Fisichella setting the second fastest time in LMGTE Pro for AF Corse, while team-mates Kamui Kobayashi and Toni Vilander had to sit out the session because of a fuel leak. Marc Lieb set the third fastest time in class in the #92 Porsche AG Team Manthey 911.

LMGTE Am saw Porsche enjoy success, with the top two places filled with 911s, headed by Proton Competition‘s Paulo Ruberti with a time of 1:40.707 seconds. Jean-Karl Vernay, who topped the morning session, was second in class, while the #96 Aston Martin took third fastest time.