Nurburgring WEC: Lopez sets pace for Toyota in FP3

Toyota took the top spots in final free practice for this weekend's World Endurance Championship round at the Nurburgring.

Nurburgring WEC: Lopez sets pace for Toyota in FP3
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#31 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Julien Canal, Bruno Senna, Filipe Albuquerque
#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke
#66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT: Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke
#77 Dempsey Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR: Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli, Marvin Dienst

Jose Maria Lopez went fastest in the 60-minute session with a 1m38.969s lap aboard the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

That was three tenths slower than Brendon Hartley's fastest lap of the weekend so far for Porsche in yesterday's second practice period.

Lopez's time was just under half a second faster than the second Toyota, in which Kazuki Nakajima posted a 1m39.396s right at the start of the session.

Porsche filled out positions three and four with its pair of high-downforce 919 Hybrids, Timo Bernhard's 1m40.635s just edging out Neel Jani's 1m40.767s in the sister car.

The Anglo-Swiss Rebellion team was quickest in LMP2 for the second time of the weekend with Bruno Senna.

The Brazilian posted a 1m46.017s at the end of the session in the team's #31 Oreca, which missed the second period of practice on Friday afternoon.

Senna's time put him a couple of tenths up on Nelson Panciatici in the best of the Signatech Alpines, which ended up on a 1m46.221s.

Ford claimed top spot in GTE Pro courtesy of a 1m54.585s from Olivier Pla in the best of the Ganassi-run Ford GTs.

That was nearly four tenths quicker than second-place Davide Rigon in the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE.

Matteo Cairoli was fastest in GTE Am for the Dempsey Proton Porsche team.

Free practice 3 results

Cla#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi
united_kingdom Mike Conway
argentina Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'38.969  
2 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson
japan Kazuki Nakajima
switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'39.396 0.427
3 2 germany Timo Bernhard
new_zealand Brendon Hartley
new_zealand Earl Bamber
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'40.635 1.666
4 1 germany Andre Lotterer
switzerland Neel Jani
united_kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'40.767 1.798
5 31 brazil Bruno Senna
france Julien Canal
portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.017 7.048
6 35 france Nelson Panciatici
france Pierre Ragues
brazil Andre Negrao
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'46.221 7.252
7 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis
china Ho-Pin Tung
france Thomas Laurent
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.341 7.372
8 25 russia Vitaly Petrov
switzerland Simon Trummer
mexico Roberto Gonzalez
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.385 7.416
9 13 brazil Pipo Derani
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
switzerland Mathias Beche
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.739 7.770
10 28 france François Perrodo
france Emmanuel Collard
france Matthieu Vaxivière
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'46.753 7.784
11 36 france Nicolas Lapierre
united_states Gustavo Menezes
united_kingdom Matt Rao
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'46.868 7.899
12 37 china David Cheng
france Tristan Gommendy
united_kingdom Alex Brundle
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.015 8.046
13 26 russia Roman Rusinov
france Pierre Thiriet
united_kingdom Ben Hanley
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.506 8.537
14 24 spain Roberto Merhi
switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
thailand Tor Graves
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'47.706 8.737
15 4 italy Marco Bonanomi
united_kingdom Oliver Webb
austria Dominik Kraihamer
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 1'47.750 8.781
16 34 united_kingdom Nigel Moore
united_kingdom Philip Hanson
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 1'49.585 10.616
17 66 germany Stefan Mücke
france Olivier Pla
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'54.875 15.906
18 71 finland Toni Vilander
italy Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'55.221 16.252
19 51 united_kingdom James Calado
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 1'55.326 16.357
20 67 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell
guernsey Andy Priaulx
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'55.439 16.470
21 91 austria Richard Lietz
france Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'55.673 16.704
22 92 denmark Michael Christensen
france Kevin Estre
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 1'56.066 17.097
23 77 germany Christian Ried
italy Matteo Cairoli
germany Marvin Dienst
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 1'56.882 17.913
24 54 italy Francesco Castellacci
spain Miguel Molina
switzerland Thomas Flohr
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 1'57.108 18.139
25 98 portugal Pedro Lamy
canada Paul Dalla Lana
austria Mathias Lauda
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 1'57.123 18.154
26 95 denmark Marco Sorensen
denmark Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'57.208 18.239
27 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam
brazil Daniel Serra
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 1'57.280 18.311
28 86 united_kingdom Michael Wainwright
united_kingdom Ben Barker
australia Nick Foster Jr.
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 1'57.379 18.410
29 61 ireland Matt Griffin
singapore Mok Weng Sun
japan Keita Sawa
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 1'58.274 19.305
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