The FIA WEC teams headed back out for their first taste of Sebring in full darkness tonight, in the second practice session of the week.
As expected, it was a Toyota 1-2 up front with a gap of over a second between the fastest TS050 HYBRID and the best of the privateer LMP1s.
The best time during FP2 was set by Jose Maria Lopez, who produced a 1m41.730 at the very start of the session to go quicker than the best time in FP1, but still not quite as fast as Conway’s benchmark from the pre-event test (1m41.152).
Fernando Alonso put the No. 8 TS050 HYBRID second with a 1m42.262 right at the end of the session to get within half a second of the top time.
The No.17 SMP Racing BR1 came closest to the Toyotas this time out, after Rebellion represented ‘the best of the rest’ in FP1. The Russian-flagged prototype finished with a 1m43.009. The No. 11 SMP BR1 ended up fourth-fastest ahead of the two Rebellion R-13s.
Jackie Chan DC Racing paced the LMP2 field, its No. 38 ORECA finishing up with a 1m47.716 courtesy of Stephane Richelmi to top the seven-car class, pushing Dunlop ahead of Michelin for the first time this weekend.
Signatech Alpine once again ended up second, with the TDS Racing ORECA third.
Racing Team Nederland was in the wars during FP2. The team, which ran fastest in the class during FP1, had its Dallara’s left-rear suspension collapse after just eight laps of the circuit. As a result, the car ended up last in the times.
Another LMP2 team that hit trouble was DragonSpeed; its ORECA 07 stopping out on the circuit after losing its left-rear wheel, causing a full-course yellow early in the session. The team did manage to get it going again later on though, and managed to complete 18 laps.
In the GTE ranks, Aston Martin Racing once again was the class of the field, with its No. 97 Vantage topping the times with a 1m57.792 from 2017 Sebring 12 Hours winner Alex Lynn.
The two Fords – the No. 67 leading the No. 66 – slotted in second and third in the class, ahead of the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari, which with newfound pace managed to climb as high as fourth. Gulf Racing’s Porsche topped GTE Am.
WEC action resumes tomorrow with Free Practice 3 at 16:15 local time.