This weekend’s 2nd round of the WEC at Spa-Francorchamps marks two “firsts” for Porsche’s LMP1 team. It’s the first time they’ll run three 919 Hybrids during a single race and it’s the first time that Nico Hülkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy will work together, in a 919, as pilots.
Watch as Porsche’s 919 Hybrid factory drivers explain what’s so special about this weekend’s 2nd round in the WEC at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium
Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Fastest In Rain Shortened First Free Practice
The first appearance of the Porsche team with three Porsche 919 Hybrids went well despite limited driving in free practice because of a very wet race track in Spa-Francorchamps. In fact, in each of the two free practice sessions on Thursday a Porsche 919 Hybrid topped the time sheets.
In the first 90-minute session the Porsche 919 Hybrid no. 18 with Dumas/Jani/Lieb was fastest with a lap time of 2:16.616 minutes. The sister car no. 17 (Bernhard/Hartley/Webber, 2:17.309 min) was third and the new crew of Bamber/Hülkenberg/Tandy in car no. 19 came fourth with a fastest lap of 2:18.157 minutes.
Interestingly, and hopefully foreshadowing good things to come, it was newcomers Bamber/Hülkenberg/Tandy who set the second sessions fastest time of (2:25.495 min), followed closely by Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (2:25.984 min) in P2 and Dumas/Jani/Lieb (2:26.721 min) in fourth.