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United Autosports Continue to Lead in FP2

ELMS - 21/09/2019 - Jeff CARTER

The no22 United Autosports Oreca 07 of Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque was once again the fastest car in the second practice session of the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps weekend.

The 90-minute session was interrupted by red flags three times, the first when Paul Loup Chatin’s no28 IDEC Sport Oreca went off heavily into the barriers at the top of Raidillon.  The former ELMS champion climbed out of the car but went to the medical centre for further checks. 

The second red flag was caused by the no31 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca also going off heavily at Raidillon, Henning Enqvist also able to get out of the car by himself.  The third red flag was shown 7-minutes before the chequered flag when the no8 Nielsen Racing Ligier and no20 High Class Racing Oreca collided, with the LMP3 car hitting the barriers.  The session didn’t resume to allow time to repair the barriers.

The best time of the session was set by Filipe Albuquerque, the Portuguese driver posting a 2m01.705, just under four tenths slower than his best time in FP1.  Nico Lapierre was second fastest once again in the no37 Cool Racing Oreca, 0.568s behind the lead car.  The no32 United Autosports Oreca was third quickest, with the no26 G-Drive Racing Aurus fourth.

The no17 Ultimate Norma was the quickest car in LMP3 with Mathieu Lahaye setting a 2m15.897 lap, just three tenths ahead of the no19 M Racing Norma of Lucas Legeret and Laurent Millara.  Championship leaders Martin Hippe and Nigel Moore were third fastest in the no13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier, 0.6 seconds behind the lead car and just ahead of their championship rivals Mikkel Jensen and Jens Petersen in the no11 Eurointernational Ligier.

The no77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche was the fastest of the six LMGTE competitors once again in FP2, Matteo Cairoli posting a 2m15.590 which was faster than the entire LMP3 field.  The no51 Luzich Racing Ferrari was second fastest with Nicklas Nielsen setting a 2m16.986 lap around the 7km Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Qualifying for the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps begins at 12h18, starting with the LMGTE competitors.

CLICK HERE for the result from Free Practice 2

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