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Toyota went fastest in the two opening sessions of free practice for this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship round in Shanghai. 

The #7 TS050 Hybrid topped the times with Mike Conway at the wheel in each of the 90-minute sessions, the Briton edging out the best of the Porsches in the opening period and the sister Toyota in FP2. 

Conway's fastest time of the day was a 1m44.741s posted early in session two, which represented an improvement of nearly 2.5 seconds on his mark set earlier in the day. 

Anthony Davidson ended up second in the faster afternoon session with a 1m45.131s, while the quickest Porsche 919 Hybrid took third with a 1m45.269s from Brendon Hartley.

The sister Porsche was fourth on a 1m45.616s from Nick Tandy, who had earlier been second fastest in FP1. 

The #13 Rebellion Oreca 07 led the way in LMP2 in both sessions. 

Mathias Beche was fastest on a 1m52.533s in the opening period, before teammate Nelson Piquet Jr improved by two seconds in the later session to end up on a 1m50.556s. 

Thomas Laurent was less than a tenth behind with a 1m50.884s in the second session aboard the best of the Jackie Chan DC Racing Orecas. 

The second Rebellion car ended up third with a 1m50.946s from Julien Canal. 

Ferrari and Ford shared out GTE Pro honours across the two sessions.

Stefan Mucke led the way in FP1 in the #66 Ganassi Ford GT with a 2m02.693s, before James Calado went seven tenths quicker in FP2 with a 2m01.913s at the wheel of the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE. 

Porsche ended up with the second fastest time of the day, a 2m02.539s from Richard Lietz in the fastest of the two factory 911 RSRs. 

Mucke's first-session benchmark put him third in the times from the day. 

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

The opening practice session was delayed by 90 minutes courtesy of radio communication problems between race control and the marshals. 

FP2 results:

Pos.#DriversCarClassTimeGap
1 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi 
united_kingdom Mike Conway 
argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'44.741  
2 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson 
japan Kazuki Nakajima 
switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'45.131 0.390
3 2 germany Timo Bernhard 
new_zealand Brendon Hartley 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'45.269 0.528
4 1 germany Andre Lotterer 
switzerland Neel Jani 
united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1'45.616 0.875
5 13 brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
switzerland Mathias Beche 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'50.556 5.815
6 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
china Ho-Pin Tung 
france Thomas Laurent 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'50.884 6.143
7 31 brazil Bruno Senna 
france Julien Canal 
france Nicolas Prost 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'50.946 6.205
8 24 france Jean-Eric Vergne 
united_kingdom Ben Hanley 
united_kingdom Matt Rao 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'50.993 6.252
9 36 france Nicolas Lapierre 
brazil Andre Negrao 
united_states Gustavo Menezes 
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'51.003 6.262
10 37 china David Cheng 
france Tristan Gommendy 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'51.410 6.669
11 26 russia Roman Rusinov 
france Leo Roussel
switzerland Nico Müller 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'51.666 6.925
12 25 russia Vitaly Petrov 
switzerland Simon Trummer 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'52.096 7.355
13 28 france François Perrodo 
france Emmanuel Collard 
france Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'52.234 7.493
14 51 united_kingdom James Calado 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'01.913 17.172
15 91 austria Richard Lietz 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'02.539 17.798
16 66 germany Stefan Mücke 
france Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'02.724 17.983
17 67 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'02.939 18.198
18 92 denmark Michael Christensen 
france Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'03.147 18.406
19 77 germany Christian Ried 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Marvin Dienst 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 2'03.353 18.612
20 98 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 2'03.684 18.943
21 95 denmark Marco Sorensen 
denmark Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 2'03.765 19.024
22 61 ireland Matt Griffin 
singapore Mok Weng Sun 
japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'04.040 19.299
23 86 united_arab_emirates Khaled Al Qubaisi 
united_kingdom Ben Barker 
united_kingdom Nick Foster 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 2'04.117 19.376
24 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner 
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 2'04.269 19.528
25 71 united_kingdom Sam Bird 
italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'04.293 19.552
26 54 italy Francesco Castellacci 
spain Miguel Molina 
switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'04.602 19.861
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Event Shanghai
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Author Gary Watkins