Spa WEC: Rebellion stays on top in second practice

Rebellion Racing once again outpaced LMP1 rival Toyota in second practice for this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa.

Gustavo Menezes ended up quickest aboard Rebellion’s solo R-13 with a 2m00.878s lap that put the car half a second up on the best of the Toyotas TS050 Hybrids.

The pair of Japanese cars led the way initially before Norman Nato went fastest in the Rebellion with a 2m00.987s, which Menezes then improved upon by a tenth. 

A qualifying simulation lap from Brendon Hartley produced a 2m01.438s right at the start of the session, which put the #8 Toyota second in the final times. 

Kamui Kobayashi was only four hundredths slower on a 2m01.480s without going for a qualifying run to end up third in the sister #7 car.

The ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 brought up the rear of the LMP1 pack in fifth position overall behind the fastest LMP2 car. Tom Dillmann posted a 2m03.503s, a small improvement on the time with which Oliver Webb put the car second in first practice. 

In LMP2, Thomas Laurent’s 2m03.371s in the Signatech Alpine Oreca put him sixth tenths up on Job van Uitert’s 2m03.978s aboard the TDS-run Racing Team Nederland Oreca.

Third fastest in class was the United Autosports Oreca on a 2m04.533s set by Paul di Resta.

Aston Martin blocked out the top two positions in GTE Pro as local hero Maxime Martin outpaced teammate Nicki Thiim by nearly seven tenths. 

Martin posted a 2m14.678s on his home track with just over 20 minutes of the session to go aboard his Vantage GTE, which compared with Thiim’s 2m15.345s. 

The improvement by the Astons pushed the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE in which Miguel Molina had led the class order with a 2m16.044s down to third. 

Kevin Estre set the best time by a Porsche 911 RSR-19, a 2m16.065s, to take fourth position.

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