Bahrain WEC: Toyotas separated by a tenth in final practice

Gary Watkins
·4-min read

Brendon Hartley topped the times aboard the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid in the opening minutes of the 60-minute session with a 1m43.557s. 

The #7 entry with Mike Conway at the wheel was held in the pits for five minutes for a yellow-flag infringement in FP2 and then posted 1m43.659s, just 0.102s slower than the sister car. 

It was the second time in the three session of practice that the #8 Toyota had set the pace, despite carrying a 0.54s performance penalty under the LMP1 success handicap system. 

Kazuki Nakajima had a brief spin in the #8 Toyota during the session. 

Jackie Chan DC Racing led the way in LMP2 courtesy of a 1m48.598s from Will Stevens in the team's Oreca 07.

That put the JOTA-run entry a couple of tenths up on the United Autosports Oreca in which Phil Hanson got down to a 1m48.810s. 

The Signatech Alpine Oreca took third in the class times with Thomas Laurent, who posted a 1m49.134s, while Antonio Felix da Costa ended up fourth in the Oreca run under the JOTA Sport banner with a 1m49.767s.

Porsche led the way in GTE Pro for the first time of the Bahrain meeting. Michael Christensen ended up fastest in the best of the factory Porsche 911 RSR-19s with a 1m56.790s laps set early in the session. 

That put the Dane nearly a second up on the second-placed Aston Martin Vantage GTE in which Nicki Thiim managed a 1m57.709s.

James Calado was third fastest for Ferrari to make it three manufacturers in the top three. The Brit set a 1m57.964s in the best of the AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTE Evos. 

A 1m58.321s put Maxime Martin fourth in the second Aston. 

The GTE Am division was led by the Aston Martin Racing entry in which Ross Gunn posted a 1m57.947s. Nicklas Nielsen was second in class in the #83 AF-run Ferrari. 

Qualifying for the eighth round of the 2019/20 WEC campaign begins at 6:00pm local time. 

FP3 results:

1

8

Switzerland
Switzerland

Sébastien Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Brendon Hartley

Japan
Japan
New Zealand
New Zealand

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

LMP1

32

1'43.557

2

7

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Jose Maria Lopez

Japan
Japan
Argentina
Argentina

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

LMP1

27

1'43.659

0.102

3

37

China
China

Ho-Pin Tung
Gabriel Aubry
Will Stevens

France
France
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oreca 07

LMP2

28

1'48.598

5.041

4

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Philip Hanson
Filipe Albuquerque
Paul di Resta

Portugal
Portugal
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oreca 07

LMP2

24

1'48.810

5.253

5

36

France
France

Thomas Laurent
Andre Negrao
Pierre Ragues

Brazil
Brazil
France
France

Alpine A470

LMP2

24

1'49.134

5.577

6

38

Mexico
Mexico

Roberto Gonzalez
Antonio Felix da Costa
Anthony Davidson

Portugal
Portugal
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oreca 07

LMP2

25

1'49.767

6.210

7

47

Italy
Italy

Roberto Lacorte
Andrea Belicchi
Giorgio Sernagiotto

Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy

Dallara P217

LMP2

29

1'51.208

7.651

8

29

Netherlands
Netherlands

Frits van Eerd
Giedo van der Garde
Nyck de Vries

Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands
Netherlands

Oreca 07

LMP2

27

1'51.336

7.779

9

92

Denmark
Denmark

Michael Christensen
Kevin Estre

France
France

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

LMGTE PRO

22

1'56.790

13.233

10

95

Denmark
Denmark

Marco Sorensen
Nicki Thiim

Denmark
Denmark

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE PRO

22

1'57.709

14.152

11

98

Canada
Canada

Paul Dalla Lana
Richard Westbrook
Ross Gunn

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE AM

25

1'57.947

14.390

12

51

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

James Calado
Daniel Serra

Brazil
Brazil

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE PRO

26

1'57.964

14.407

13

97

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Richard Westbrook
Maxime Martin

Belgium
Belgium

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE PRO

23

1'58.321

14.764

14

83

France
France

François Perrodo
Emmanuel Collard
Nicklas Nielsen

France
France
Denmark
Denmark

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE AM

26

1'58.510

14.953

15

71

Italy
Italy

Davide Rigon
Miguel Molina

Spain
Spain

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE PRO

27

1'58.514

14.957

16

91

Italy
Italy

Gianmaria Bruni
Richard Lietz

Austria
Austria

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

LMGTE PRO

27

1'58.552

14.995

17

77

Germany
Germany

Christian Ried
Riccardo Pera
Dennis Olsen

Italy
Italy
Norway
Norway

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

23

1'59.012

15.455

18

86

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Michael Wainwright
Alessio Picariello
Benjamin Barker

Belgium
Belgium
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

24

1'59.027

15.470

19

56

Norway
Norway

Egidio Perfetti
Larry ten Voorde
Jörg Bergmeister

Netherlands
Netherlands
Germany
Germany

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

26

1'59.054

15.497

20

57

United States
United States

Ben Keating
Dylan Pereira
Jeroen Bleekemolen

Netherlands
Netherlands

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

22

1'59.208

15.651

21

90

Turkey
Turkey

Salih Yoluc
Charles Eastwood
Jonathan Adam

Ireland
Ireland
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

LMGTE AM

26

1'59.808

16.251

22

88

United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

Khaled Al Qubaisi
Jaxon Evans
Marco Holzer

Porsche 911 RSR

LMGTE AM

28

1'59.934

16.377

23

62

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Bonamy Grimes
Kei Cozzolino
Colin Noble Jr.

Japan
Japan
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE AM

27

2'00.047

16.490

24

54

Switzerland
Switzerland

Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Giancarlo Fisichella

Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy

Ferrari 488 GTE EVO

LMGTE AM

27

2'00.195

16.638

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