Bahrain WEC: Lopez tops FP2 by over a second

Gary Watkins
·4-min read

The Argentinian posted a 1m42.857s lap to outpace teammate Kazuki Nakajima's 1m44.004s in the sister #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

The gap of just over a second was more than double the 0.54s performance advantage held by the #7 car Lopez shares with Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway under the success handicap system.

The two Toyotas put in their quick laps right at the start of the 90-minute Friday morning session: Lopez recorded his time on his first flying lap and Nakajima on his fourth.

Racing Team Nederland headed the LMP2 times in the second of the trio of free practice sessions ahead of qualifying on Friday evening.

Nyck de Vries recorded a 1m49.601s right at the start of the session in the team's TDS Racing-run Oreca 07 to end up more than a second and a half quicker than the Signatech Alpine Oreca.

A 1m50.302s from Pierre Ragues put Signatech Alpine a tenth ahead of United Autosports driver Phil Hanson's 1m50.407s.

Will Stevens took fourth in class with a 1m50.854s aboard the JOTA Sport-run Jackie Chan DC racing Oreca.

Ferrari jumped to the front of the GTE Pro order after bringing up the rear in the first period of free practice on Thursday.

Miguel Molina topped the class times with a 1m57.193s in the #71 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, which put him just over two tenths up on Porsche driver Gianmaria Bruni on a 1m57.442s.

The second Ferrari was a further four tenths back in Daniel Serra's hands with a 1m57.801s.

Aston Martin, which was quickest in class on Thursday, took fourth with a 1m57.900s from COVID-stricken Alex Lynn's stand-in Richard Westbrook in the best of its Vantage GTEs.

The second Porsche 911 RSR took fifth in Kevin Estre's hands ahead of Nicki Thiim's #95 Aston.

GTE Am was led by the Dempsey Proton Porsche in which series debutante Jaxon Evans posted a 1m57.773s. The fastest of the Project 1 Porsche 911 RSRs was second with a 1m58.889s from Jeroen Bleekemolen.

FP2 results:

1

7

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Jose Maria Lopez

Japan
Japan
Argentina
Argentina

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

LMP1

40

1'42.857

2

8

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Brendon Hartley

Japan
Japan
New Zealand
New Zealand

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

LMP1

34

1'44.004

1.147

3

29

Netherlands
Netherlands

Frits van Eerd
Giedo van der Garde
Nyck de Vries

Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands

Oreca 07

LMP2

38

1'48.601

5.744

4

36

France
France

Thomas Laurent
Andre Negrao
Pierre Ragues

Brazil
Brazil
France
France

Alpine A470

LMP2

41

1'50.302

7.445

5

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Philip Hanson
Filipe Albuquerque
Paul di Resta

Portugal
Portugal
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oreca 07

LMP2

30

1'50.407

7.550

6

37

China
China

Ho-Pin Tung
Gabriel Aubry
Will Stevens

France
France
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oreca 07

LMP2

41

1'50.854

7.997

7

38

Mexico
Mexico

Roberto Gonzalez
Antonio Felix da Costa
Anthony Davidson

Portugal
Portugal
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oreca 07

LMP2

41

1'51.153

8.296

8

47

Italy
Italy

Roberto Lacorte
Andrea Belicchi
Giorgio Sernagiotto

Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy

Dallara P217

LMP2

31

1'51.688

8.831

9

71

Italy
Italy

Davide Rigon
Miguel Molina

Spain
Spain

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE PRO

34

1'57.193

14.336

10

91

Italy
Italy

Gianmaria Bruni
Richard Lietz

Austria
Austria

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

LMGTE PRO

35

1'57.422

14.565

11

88

United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

Khaled Al Qubaisi
Jaxon Evans
Marco Holzer

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

40

1'57.773

14.916

12

51

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

James Calado
Daniel Serra

Brazil
Brazil

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE PRO

36

1'57.801

14.944

13

57

United States
United States

Ben Keating
Dylan Pereira
Jeroen Bleekemolen

Netherlands
Netherlands

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

37

1'57.889

15.032

14

97

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Richard Westbrook
Maxime Martin

Belgium
Belgium

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE PRO

40

1'57.900

15.043

15

92

Denmark
Denmark

Michael Christensen
Kevin Estre

France
France

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

LMGTE PRO

36

1'58.030

15.173

16

56

Norway
Norway

Egidio Perfetti
Larry ten Voorde
Jörg Bergmeister

Netherlands
Netherlands
Germany
Germany

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

36

1'58.205

15.348

17

54

Switzerland
Switzerland

Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Giancarlo Fisichella

Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE AM

35

1'58.475

15.618

18

95

Denmark
Denmark

Marco Sorensen
Nicki Thiim

Denmark
Denmark

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE PRO

37

1'59.070

16.213

19

62

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Bonamy Grimes
Kei Cozzolino
Colin Noble Jr.

Japan
Japan
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE AM

38

1'59.095

16.238

20

77

Germany
Germany

Christian Ried
Riccardo Pera
Dennis Olsen

Italy
Italy
Norway
Norway

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

32

1'59.408

16.551

21

98

Canada
Canada

Paul Dalla Lana
Richard Westbrook
Ross Gunn

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE AM

40

1'59.504

16.647

22

86

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Michael Wainwright
Alessio Picariello
Benjamin Barker

Belgium
Belgium
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

31

1'59.689

16.832

23

90

Turkey
Turkey

Salih Yoluc
Charles Eastwood
Jonathan Adam

Ireland
Ireland
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE AM

38

1'59.696

16.839

24

83

France
France

François Perrodo
Emmanuel Collard
Nicklas Nielsen

France
France
Denmark
Denmark

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE AM

35

2'00.418

17.561

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