Lotterer Defies Porsche to Top Spa Third Practice

Audi Sport Team Joest topped the third and final practice session for the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps after André Lotterer recorded the fastest lap of the session, despite Porsche’s pace advantage.

The German driver’s 1:57.368s lap in dry conditions was just 0.01 seconds quicker than Nico Hülkenberg in the #19 Porsche. Hülkenberg was the first in a sextet of Porsche drivers who all submitted times within a second of Lotterer’s benchmark.

Nick Tandy posted the fourth quickest time of the day with a 1:57.861s, while Neel Jani, Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Marc Lieb followed closely.

Despite laying down an early marker Mike Conway (#2 Toyota) dropped to tenth as the Porsches stepped up the pace later in the session. The Briton’s fastest lap of 1:59.630s eclipsed his team-mate Stéphane Sarrazin by a tenth of a second, with Sébastien Buemi in the #1 car a further tenth adrift.

The #4 Team ByKolles CLM AER P1/01 did manage to get some track time in third practice, with Vitantonio Liuzzi and Simon Trummer at the wheel.

In LMP2, G-Drive Racing’s Sam Bird laid down the marker at the end of a busy session. The Briton’s 2:08.145s best was four tenths quicker than Matt Howson in the KCMG ORECA 05. JOTA Sport continued its European Le Mans Series form with Harry Tincknell submitting a competitive 2:08.965s, while Pipo Derani ended the session fourth fastest in the #28 G-Drive Ligier.

In LMGTE Pro the margins were once again close, but it was the #51 AF Corse Ferrari of Toni Vilander that prevailed with a 2:18.390s fastest lap. The Finn’s team-mate Gianmaria Bruni finished a tenth adrift, with Fernando Rees (#99 Aston Martin) and James Calado (#71 Ferrari) also within a whisker of the top spot.

Aston Martin Racing topped LMGTE Am thanks to a 2:19.485s lap from Pedro Lamy. The Portuguese driver was 1.6 seconds quicker than Paolo Ruberti in the #50 Larbre Corvette, while Klaus Bachler rounded out the top three in the #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche.

The 2015 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will begin tomorrow at 13:35 GMT.


17Audi Sport Team Joest1:57.368sLMP1
219Porsche Team1:57.379sLMP1
318Porsche Team1:57.861sLMP1
417Porsche Team1:57.899sLMP1
58Audi Sport Team Joest1:58.228sLMP1
62Toyota Gazoo Racing1:59.630sLMP1
71Toyota Gazoo Racing1:59.850sLMP1
89Audi Sport Team Joest2:02.232sLMP1
926G-Drive Racing2:08.415sLMP2
1138JOTA Sport2:08.965sLMP2
1228G-Drive Racing2:09.331sLMP2
1336Signatech Alpine2:09.816sLMP2
144Team ByKolles2:09.962sLMP1
1543Team SARD Morand2:10.115sLMP2
1642Strakka Racing2:11.516sLMP2
1730Extreme Speed Motorsports2:13.307sLMP2
1835OAK Racing2:13.364sLMP2
1931Extreme Speed Motorsports2:14.631sLMP2
2051AF Corse2:18.390sGTE Pro
2199Aston Martin Racing2:18.511sGTE Pro
2271AF Corse2:18.610sGTE Pro
2397Aston Martin Racing2:18.616sGTE Pro
2495Aston Martin Racing2:19.131sGTE Pro
2591Porsche Team Manthey2:19.175sGTE Pro
2650Larbre Competition2:21.118sGTE Am
2788Abu Dhabi Proton Racing2:21.446sGTE Am
2872SMP Racing2:21.504sGTE Am
2983AF Corse2:21.509sGTE Am
3077Dempsey Proton Racing2:21.819sGTE Am
3155AF Corse2:24.191sGTE Am
3297Aston Martin Racing2:24.620sGTE Am