Troublesome FP1 for FIA WEC

It was a troublesome FP1 session for the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone.

The 90 minutes of free practice had not one but two red flags due to troubles on the circuit.

The first red flag was caused by Rebellion Racing #1 with Bruno Senna behind the wheel. The Brazilian crashed at the ultra fast Copse corner, and hit the tire barrier hard. That destroyed the R13 so much, that the mechanics will have plenty of hours of repair work ahead of them. The time will tell if they make it for FP2 later today.

Rebellion Racing #1
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#1 had already been in troubles prior to that, when they had a collision with the AF Corse Ferrari #71, when #1 exited the pits, and hit the Ferrari. Senna had already been in the pits for repairs, so the second incident probably wasn’t related to the earlier issue.

We had another red flag later on, when ByKolles Racing #4 stopped on the Wellington Straight, and had to be taken away by a recovery truck.

Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche #88
Photo: JJ Media

But other than that, the teams ran fast and ran plenty of laps.

Toyota Gazoo Racing #7 were the fastest ahead of their sister car #8, while Rebellion Racing #3 were the third fastest. Even though they only ran four laps, the #1 were actually fourth fastest, ahead of both SMP Racing cars.

Jackie Chan DC Racing #38
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TDS Racing #28 were quickest in LMP2 ahead of Jackie Chan DC Racing #38 and Signatech Alpine Matmut #36.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK topped the times in GTE Pro with #66 in front of #67, while Porsche #91 was third fastest followed by AF Corse Ferrari #51.

Dempsey Proton Racing had the GTE Am field well under control, with #88 ahead of #77, and with Gulf Racing UK #86 in third, it was a Porsche 1-2-3.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #66
Photo: JJ Media

Another free practice session will be run later today, before FP3 and Qualifying will be run tomorrow.

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