No. 8 Toyota Hypercar tops afternoon test session

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28.04.2021
No. 8 Toyota Hypercar tops afternoon test session
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The final test session of the official FIA WEC Prologue at Spa-Francorchamps saw the No. 8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar top the overall times with a lap of 2:04.669 posted by Sebastien Buemi.

The Prologue is a two-day pre-season test which gives the 35 teams competing in this year’s WEC ample opportunity to test the car’s set-ups and for the drivers to get valuable seat-time before the season begins.

Alpine Elf Matmut was second quickest in the Hypercar category this afternoon with the second Toyota GR010 Hybrid third fastest in the WEC’s all-new premier category. The No. 7 Toyota Hypercar was 0.955s adrift of the sister No. 8 entry, the latter spending some time in the pits with bodywork damage following contact with Cetilar Racing at Raidillon.

This afternoon’s three-hour session saw the No. 22 United Autosports Oreca shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson and Fabio Scherer top the timesheets out of the 14 LMP2s.  PR1 Motorsports was second fastest, with WEC newcomers Team WRT once again showing impressive pace in another Oreca. Two more newcomers to the WEC – Inter Europol Competition and Realteam Racing – were fourth and fifth quickest.

For the fourth test session in a row, Porsche GT Team topped the times in the Porsche-Ferrari-Corvette manufacturer battle in the LMGTE Pro class. This afternoon it was the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR – 19 which was quickest with a time of 2:14.244 set by Richard Lietz.

In LMGTE Am, TF Sport posted the quickest lap of the afternoon in the Aston Martin Vantage AMR – the team making a strong recovery after an incident yesterday at Raidillon.  Dempsey-Proton Racing (No. 77) and Team Project 1 (No. 56) were second and third fastest.

Neither the No. 29 Racing Team Nederland Oreca LMP2 or the No. 85 Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GTE Evo made it out this afternoon following a collision at Blanchimont this morning.

Now the teams will have tomorrow to prepare their cars ahead of the WEC season-opener – the TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – which takes place on Saturday 1 May at 13h30 local time. Track action will resume on Thursday with FP1 which is scheduled for 15h30 CEST.

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