Toyota always maintains its leadership even at the end of Free Practice 2 of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Monza, where the Italian 6h will be staged tomorrow.
The GR010 Hybrid # 7 driven by Kamui Kobayashi / Mike Conway /José María López stands out at the absolute level and in the Hypercar Class with a time of 1’36 “864, 0” 727 better than the ‘old’ Alpine LMP1 A480-Gibson # 36 entrusted by Team Signatech to André Negrão / Matthieu Vaxivière /Nicolas Lapierre.
In the wake of the French prototype is the Glickenhaus 007 LMH # 708, its debut with Gustavo Menezes /Olivier Pla/ Pipo Derani, while Romain Dumas’ # 709 /Richard Westbrook/ Franck Mailleux completes the Top5.
Between these two is the Toyota # 8 driven by Sébastien Buemi / Kazuki Nakajima /Brendon Hartley, with a delay of 0 “874 from teammates.
Racing Team Nederland instead obtained the sixth overall time in 1 “38” 545 with the Oreca 07-Gibson # 29 of the reworked Frits Van Eerd /Nyck De Vries/ Paul-Loup Chatin, as both Job Van Uitert and Giedo Van Der Garde have contracted Covid-19.
The Dutch team is first in the LMP2 Class and also in the related Pro / Am category, followed by the Oreca of United Autosports (# 22 Filipe Albuquerque/ Phil Hanson / Fabio Scherer) and Jota (# 38 Roberto Gonzalez / António Félix Da Costa /Anthony Davidson).
Behind them we find # 21 by DragonSpeed (Ben Hanley/ Juan Pablo Montoya / Henrik Hedman), second Pro / Am, and the # 31 of Team WRT (Ferdinand Habsburg /Charles Milesi/ Robin Frijns), which close the absolute Top10.
On the ‘virtual’ podium of Pro / Am there is also the Oreca # 70 of RealTeam Racing / TDS (# 70 Esteban Garcia / Loic Duval /Norman Born), 15th general.
Neel Jani’s Porsche 911 RSR-19 # 92 stands out in the LMGTE Pro Class /Kévin Estre with a best time of 1’45 “590, giving quite important gaps to the Ferrari 488s of AF Corse # 51 (James Calado /Alessandro Pier Guidi) and (# 52 Miguel Molina/ Daniel Serra), with category rankings completed by the duo’s Porsche # 91 Gimmi Bruni/ Richard Lietz.
Ferrari instead takes the lead in LMGTE Am thanks to the 1’46 “737 signed by Thomas Flohr /Francesco Castellacci/ Giancarlo Fisichella on the 488 # 54 of AF Corse.
A few cents we find their teammates of # 83 (François Perrodo / Nicklas Nielsen /Alessio Rovera), with the girls of the Iron Lynx-Iron Dames (Rahel Frey/ Michelle Gatting / Sarah Bovy) who complete the 488 hat-trick with their # 85.
The Aston Martin Vantage # 33 of the TF Sport is raised fourth with Ben Keating on it /Dylan Pereira/ Felipe Fraga, keeping behind the Ferrari # 60’s Andrea Piccini/ Claudio Schiavoni / Matteo Cressoni (Iron Lynx) and Christian Ried’s Porsche # 77 / Jaxon Evans /Matt Campbell (Dempsey-Proton Racing).
In Bold the names of the drivers who set the best time
The 6h of Monza, third round of the FIA WEC 2021, will be visible on Motorsport.tv departing at 12.00 on Sunday 18 July.