Toyota topped Friday Practice at Silverstone with Mike Conway heading the pair of TS050 Hybrid’s in Free Practice 1 with a 1:39.916 in the number 7 car – two tenths ahead of Sebastien Buemi in the number 8 sister machine.

 

 

The advantage of the Toyota’s over the non-hybrid LMP1’s however was still considerable despite recent Equivalence of Technology adjustments after Le Mans.

 

Rebellion Racing was best of the rest – the rest being the non-hybrid LMP1’s – with Gustavo Menezes the quickest of the Swiss outfit’s drivers but just over a second off the pace of the Toyota’s.

 

The big story of the first session however was the first of two red-flag sessions which saw Bruno Senna exit at high speed at Copse in the number 1 Rebellion entry.

 

The impact severely damaged the car and left Senna with a fractured ankle for his efforts. As such the Brazilian will not feature any further part of the weekend.

 

The second flag occurred when the number 4 ByKolles Racing ENSO CLM began dropping oil on the circuit.

 

In LMP2 the number 28 TDS Racing Oreca of Francois Perodo topped the first session, but it was the number 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing entry which stole the honours in FP2.

 

 

Nicolas Lapierre was never far away in both session however in the number 36 Signatech Alpine entry.

 

In LMGTE Pro Chip Ganassi appeared to have bounced back from lacklustre Le Mans by topping both practice sessions – the first led by Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla in the number 66 Ford while the sister car of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell turned the tables in FP2.

 

The number 91 Porsche 911 RSR of Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni were third in FP1, whilst the number 95 Aston Martin of Nicki Thiim split the Fords in FP2.

 

LMGTE Am saw a clean sweep for Porsche with the number 88 Dempsey Proton Porsche 911 RSR of Michael Wainright heading the number 77 sister car of Christian Ried.

 

Aston Martin was however able to replicate their GTE Pro stablemates in FP2 by splitting the Porsche’s to take 2nd in the hands of Mattias Lauda.

 

 Images: Richard Washbrooke Photography