While it was the combination of Shane Smollen and Nick Percat that took the round win, the lap record fell to Scott McLaughlin in the Grove Racing Porsche.
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The start of the race itself saw Trulli go wide at Turn 2, which enabled Di Grassi to take control and defend his lead until the chequered flag. But few hours after the end of the race, the Brazilian was excluded by FIA decision, because his car failed post-race scrutineering where it was discovered that the front wing fairings had been modified to include internal metal reinforcing rods.
Although the final result suggests that the VW trio dominated proceedings, the 2015 Vodafone Rally de Portugal provided a particularly thrilling fight and the German team’s opponents did not make life easy for the world champions.
Hamilton’s best time of 1m17.192s on the soft today was still quicker than the fastest 2014 FP2 time from Fernando Alonso, driving for Ferrari, who set a 1m18.482 on the supersoft last year.