Toyota took top spot during opening Friday Practice at Fuji Speedway, but couldn’t produce a clean sweep after being split by the non-hybrid Rebellion entry.
Sébastien Buemi clocked a 1:27.373 lap in the number Toyota 8 TS050 HYBRID to take top spot, with the Swiss driver’s time two-tenths ahead of the number 1 Rebellion Racing entry of Norman Nato – who was sandwiched between both Toyota’s with Kamui Kobayashi rounding out the top three in the number 7 machine ahead of the number 5 Team LNT Ginetta of Ben Hanley.
It was a similar story in FP2, with Kazuki Nakajima setting the fastest lap of the 90-minute afternoon session – 1.4 seconds quicker than Norman Nato in the number 1 Rebellion R13 Gibson.
LMP2 newbies High Class Racing topped LMP2, with local boy Kenta Yamashita making excellent use of his Goodyear-shod entry to slot in a 1:29.624 – over a second ahead of Racing Team Nederland’s Nyck de Vries and the Cool Racing of Nicolas Lapierre.
Anthony Davidson led the way for JOTA Sport in FP2 in the number 38 Oreca 07 Gibson to usurp Yamashita for top spot.
Porsche lead Ferrari and Aston Martin in LMGTE Pro, with Gianmaria Bruni edging his number 91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 ahead of teammate Michael Christensen in the number.92 entry and the number 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE of Davide Rigon. Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen finished the session in fourth in the number 95 Aston Martin Vantage AMR.
Michael Christensen would top the second session ahead of James Calado in the number 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE, who was sandwiched between the Porsches of Christensen and Gianmaria Bruni.
Jonny Adam put the number 90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage on top of LMGTE Am – a mere two-hundredths of a second ahead of the number 70 MR Racing Ferrari 488 GTE of Kei Cozzolino and the number 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR of Ben Barker. Adam would top both sessions, with the number 56 Team Project 1 Porsche taking 2nd.
Image: Toyota GAZOO Racing and Dempsey Proton Racing
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