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WEC: Toyota 1-2 shakes up order at Spa

Toyota Gazoo Racing has pulled off a surprise 1-2 in the second practice at Spa-Francorchamps while the #8 Audi was confined to the garage.
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Toyota Gazoo Racing has pulled off a surprise 1-2 in the second practice for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, while the #8 Audi was confined to the garage for the entire session.

Despite the times failing to match the pace set in the opening session by the Porsche pair, Toyota completely dominated FP2 with the #6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid storming to the top of the times early on with a 1m 58.556s and remained there until the session was prematurely cut short by a red flag incident.

The Toyota of Mike Conway, Stephan Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi's best time was still half a second off the fastest time produced in FP1 by Brendon Hartley in the #1 Porsche, but the Japanese manufacturer's reliability and consistency is starting to be matched with its pace as it rarely fell off the lap times of its German rivals.

With the #5 Toyota claiming the second spot it pushed the defending champions into third and fourth respectively ahead of the #7 Audi. The sister Audi failed to set a lap time after being hampered by technical issues throughout FP2.

In LMP2 the new squad Manor secured its first timesheet topper in just its second round in the World Endurance Championship with Matt Rao, Richard Bradley and Roberto Merhi leading proceedings in the #45 Oreca 05 – Nissan.

AF Corse Ferrari's #51 pairing of Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado returned to the top of the GTE-Pro classification after an underwhelming performance in the morning session and the #83 of Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas made it a clean sweep for the Italian manufacturer by topping the GTE-AM class.

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Stephane Sarrazin /Mike Conway / Kamui Kobayashi - Toyota TS050 Hybrid
Mike Conway (GBR), Toyota Racing, WEC [Credit: MB Partners]
Wurz/Sarrazin/Conway - Toyota Racing [pic credit: Richard Washbrooke]

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