Silverstone WEC: Sleet and snow see early end to final practice


The final practice session for the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone was cut short as heavy snow and an extremely wet track made it difficult conditions for drivers.

The session got underway on time despite the inclement conditions, but it was not long before drivers struggled for grip, with Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Anthony Davidson causing an early red flag when he spun the #5 car into the gravel trap at Chapel.

Other drivers were seen to be aquaplaning, including the Ford GT entry of Harry Tincknell at the exit of Copse corner, and following Davidson’s crash, officials decided to call time on the session with more than half an hour left on the clock.

No competitive lap times were set during the session, with only eleven cars adventuring onto the circuit at all, none of which were from the LMP2 class, meaning the Strakka Racing team were able to remain dry being the team with the only open-top chassis on the grid.

Drivers will be hoping the conditions clear up significantly so that qualifying can take place later in the day, while the European Le Mans Series will similarly be hoping for the weather to change with its qualifying and race scheduled for later in the day.