Friday 1 May 2015


Free practice 1 and 2 at Spa were pretty soggy. The forest of the Ardennes is famous for capricious weather and Thursday was no exception. All cars put in laps in FP1 and the Porsche #18 was fastest overall with 2:16.611 but it is hard to read anything into that. Nakajima in Toyota #1, unsighted by the plumes of spray, ran into the back of Jarvis in the #8 Audi at Les Combes (qv), sending the Japanese driver to hospital with an injured neck/back and interrupting the session for 27 minutes. In FP2 there was a deluge that kept lap times under 2:25 and this time the #19 and #17 Porsches topped the timesheets in LMP1. The Strakka #42 was fastest in P2 in both Thursday sessions. In GTE Pro it was the #92 Porsche that was fastest in FP1 and FP2, and in Am it was the #88 Porsche fastest in FP1 and #83 AF Corse Ferrari  in FP2.

Changes from Silverstone include the extra Porsche LMP1 #19 driven by Hulkenburg, Bamber and Tandy. The yellow and red "Hanergy" Aston which ran as #97 at Silverstone is running as #99 here and Aston #97 reverts to Gulf livery. Audis #7 and #8 are in Le Mans aero configuration and #9 is in 'high downforce'.