Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Sebastien Buemi has set the fastest time in opening practice ahead of this Sunday’s Six Hours of Fuji.
The double Le Mans winner topped the timesheet with a time of 01:27:373, which put him just under three-tenths of a second ahead of Norman Nato in the #1 Rebellion R13-Gibson, who posted a 01:27:659. That time was just over a tenth quicker than the second Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi. The Silverstone winner was third with 01:27:790.
The two Ginettas brought up the rear of the timesheets, with the #5 G60 LT-P1 of Ben Hanley in fourth, ahead of the #6 of Charlie Robertson.
In LMP2, Toyota protege Kenta Yamashita topped the timesheets in the #33 High Class Racing ORECA 07-Gibson with a time of 01:29:624. ahead of new Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries.
The Dutchman makes his return to the #29 Racing Team Nederland ORECA and found himself seven tenths behind Yamashita. Silverstone race winner Nicolas Lapierre was third in the Cool Racing ORECA, another half a second behind De Vries.
In GTE Pro, the order somewhat mirrored the finishing order at Silverstone, with Gianmaria Bruni in the #91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 quickest with a time of 01:38:315, which was just 0.104s ahead of tean-maet and reigning world champion Michael Christensen in the #92. The #71 AF Corse Ferrari of Miguel Molina was third, with Nicki Thiim the quickest Aston Martin in fourth.
Jonny Adam set the pace in GTE Am. The #90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage AMR set a time of 01:39:010, 0.029s clear of the #70 MR Racing Ferrari. The #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR completed the top three.