Bahrain WEC: #17 Porsche leads both Audis in first practice

Porsche edged out Audi at the top of the timesheets in opening free practice for this weekend's World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain

Bahrain WEC: #17 Porsche leads both Audis in first practice

Timo Bernhard ended up fastest in the #17 Porsche on a 1m42.800s, which was just 0.017s quicker than Andre Lotterer aboard the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

The #8 Audi was third fastest with a 1m43.403s from Lucas di Grassi.

Romain Dumas ended up just five hundredths behind with a 1m42.454s, which put him fourth position aboard the second Porsche.

Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley lead the championship by 12 points from the Audi trio Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler going into Saturday's six-hour race

The pair of Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs were fifth and sixth, with Sebastien Buemi leading the way on a 1m45.371s in the #1 car.

The top two cars in LMP2 were separated by just three hundredths of a second.

Nelson Panciatici set the class pace in the Signatech Alpine ORECA-Nissan 03R with a 1m52.054s, which compared with Sam Bird's 1m52.086s in the best of the G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan JSP2s.

The AF Corse Ferrari squad was one-two in GTE Pro, with Toni Vilander's 2m00.135s bettering Davide Rigon's best in the sister 458 Italia by just under four tenths.

Aston Martin Racing led the way in GTE Pro with the Vantage GTE driven by Pedro Lamy.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Class Driver Car Time Laps
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche 1m42.800s 37
2 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi 1m42.817s 34
3 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi 1m43.403s 37
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche 1m43.454s 37
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota 1m45.371s 32
6 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota 1m45.485s 28
7 LMP1 A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, M.Tuscher Rebellion/AER 1m50.149s 29
8 LMP1 N.Prost, M.Beche Rebellion/AER 1m50.150s 25
9 LMP2 N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, T.Dillmann Alpine/Nissan 1m52.054s 40
10 LMP1 S.Trummer, P.Kaffer CLM/AER 1m52.065s 14
11 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.Bird Ligier/Nissan 1m52.086s 34
12 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Gibson/Nissan 1m52.686s 34
13 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Tandy ORECA/Nissan 1m52.850s 29
14 LMP2 M.Aleshin, N.Minassian, D.Markozov BR Engineering/Nissan 1m53.164s 32
15 LMP2 P.Ragues, O.Webb, C.Cumming Morgan/SARD 1m53.374s 36
16 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Ligier/HPD 1m53.655s 35
17 LMP2 G.Yacaman, P.Derani, R.Gonzalez Ligier/Nissan 1m54.370s 37
18 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.H.Hansson Ligier/HPD 1m54.537s 36
19 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander Ferrari 2m00.135s 34
20 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado Ferrari 2m00.505s 33
21 GTE Pro P.Pilet, F.Makowiecki Porsche 2m00.774s 32
22 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin 2m01.280s 33
23 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin 2m01.404s 38
24 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, K.Poulsen Chevrolet 2m01.417s 33
25 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Porsche 2m01.932s 30
26 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, F.Rees, R.Stanaway Aston Martin 2m01.933s 36
27 GTE Am V.Shaytar, A.Bertolini, A.Basov Ferrari 2m02.124s 31
28 GTE Pro C.Nygaard, M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin 2m02.152s 36
29 GTE Am C.Ried, P.Long, M.Seefried Porsche 2m02.363s 33
30 GTE Am F.Castellacci, R.Goethe, S.Hall Aston Martin 2m02.921s 34
31 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.Cressoni Ferrari 2m04.367s 35
32 GTE Am M.Mapelli, K.Al Qubaisi, K.Bachler Porsche 2m04.672s 33


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