Estre ups ante for Porsche in second Spa WEC practice

Porsche’s championship-leading No. 6 963 set the quickest lap time in Free Practice 2 for the FIA WEC runners at Spa this afternoon, with Kevin Estre setting a 2m04.162s to go a tenth clear at the top.

The times, as expected, are tumbling somewhat in Hypercar as the track rubbers in and teams improve their base setup. For comparison, the fastest time came from Ferrari’s Antonio Fuoco in the first session, a 2m05.690s. This was a time bettered by the top eight in Hypercar in the second session.

The No. 50 Ferrari that topped FP1 ended up second, with a 2m04.283s. The Cadillac Racing V-Series.R also came within two-tenths of Estre, while the No. 7 Toyota and No. 12 JOTA Porsche all set times in the 2m04s too.


Further down the list, after finishing up third in FP1 the Lamborghini SC63 toured the circuit in 2m06.107s, and ended up 11th. The fastest new Peugeot ended up ninth, with the quickest WRT BMW 15th.

In LMGT3, the fastest time didn’t eclipse the best lap from FP1 — a 2m20.885s from Daniel Juncadella in the No. 82 TF Sport Corvette.

However, it was a highly encouraging 90 minutes for AKKODIS ASP. For the first time this season, a Lexus found itself at the top of the timing screens, with WEC rookie and meeting latecomer Clemens Schmid setting a 2m21.257s in the No. 78 during an eight-lap stint in the car.

After arriving trackside at midnight, today has been a challenge for the Austrian. But it is one he has risen to, as prior to this week he hadn’t turned a single lap in a Lexus GT3.

The Iron Dames Lamborghini slotted in second, with the No. 46 WRT BMW third. The top eight cars set times within a second of one another.

WEC track action continues tomorrow morning with Free Practice 3 at 11:00am local time.


Story originally appeared on Racer