Bahrain WEC: Toyotas separated by a tenth in final practice

The two Toyotas were separated by one tenth in final practice for the last round of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain on Saturday. 

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-Gibson 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. 

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 RSRs 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 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:

18 Sébastien Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Brendon Hartley
Toyota TS050 HybridLMP132 1’43.557  
27 Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050 HybridLMP127 1’43.659 0.102
337 Ho-Pin Tung
Gabriel Aubry
Will Stevens
Oreca 07LMP228 1’48.598 5.041
422 Philip Hanson
Filipe Albuquerque
Paul di Resta
Oreca 07LMP224 1’48.810 5.253
536 Thomas Laurent
Andre Negrao
Pierre Ragues
Alpine A470LMP224 1’49.134 5.577
638 Roberto Gonzalez
Antonio Felix da Costa
Anthony Davidson
Oreca 07LMP225 1’49.767 6.210
747 Roberto Lacorte
Andrea Belicchi
Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217LMP229 1’51.208 7.651
829 Frits van Eerd
Giedo van der Garde
Nyck de Vries
Oreca 07LMP227 1’51.336 7.779
992 Michael Christensen
Kevin Estre
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE PRO22 1’56.790 13.233
1095 Marco Sorensen
Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE PRO22 1’57.709 14.152
1198 Paul Dalla Lana
Richard Westbrook
Ross Gunn
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE AM25 1’57.947 14.390
1251 James Calado
Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE PRO26 1’57.964 14.407
1397 Richard Westbrook
Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE PRO23 1’58.321 14.764
1483 François Perrodo
Emmanuel Collard
Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM26 1’58.510 14.953
1571 Davide Rigon
Miguel Molina
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE PRO27 1’58.514 14.957
1691 Gianmaria Bruni
Richard Lietz
Porsche 911 RSR – 19LMGTE PRO27 1’58.552 14.995
1777 Christian Ried
Riccardo Pera
Dennis Olsen
Porsche 911 RSRLMGTE AM23 1’59.012 15.455
1886 Michael Wainwright
Alessio Picariello
Benjamin Barker
Porsche 911 RSRLMGTE AM24 1’59.027 15.470
1956 Egidio Perfetti
Larry ten Voorde
Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 RSRLMGTE AM26 1’59.054 15.497
2057 Ben Keating
Dylan Pereira
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Porsche 911 RSRLMGTE AM22 1’59.208 15.651
2190 Salih Yoluc
Charles Eastwood
Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage AMRLMGTE AM26 1’59.808 16.251
2288 Khaled Al Qubaisi
Jaxon Evans
Marco Holzer
Porsche 911 RSRLMGTE AM28 1’59.934 16.377
2362 Bonamy Grimes
Kei Cozzolino
Colin Noble Jr.
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM27 2’00.047 16.490
2454 Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE EVOLMGTE AM27 2’00.195 16.638
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