Bahrain WEC: Brendon Hartley leads final practice for Porsche

Porsche was back on top in final free practice for the last round of the World Endurance Championship in Bahrain

Bahrain WEC: Brendon Hartley leads final practice for Porsche

Brendon Hartley led the times by over a second with a best lap of 1m40.917s set early in the session aboard the #17 919 Hybrid.

That was 1.1s faster than the 1m42.070s from Marc Lieb in the second Porsche.

The best of the Audi R18 e-tron quattros was a further second in arrears with a 1m43.066s from Marcel Fassler.

Oliver Jarvis took fourth in the second of the Audis on a 1m43.782s, which was just one hundredth up on the best of the Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs in the hands of Anthony Davidson.

The Signatech Alpine squad was fastest in LMP2 with a 1m52.019s from Paul-Loup Chatin in the team's ORECA-Nissan 03R.

The two cars battling it out for championship honours in the secondary prototype class ended up separated by less than a tenth in second and third positions.

Matt Howson set a best time of 1m52.475s in the KCMG ORECA-Nissan 05 to just edge out Sam Bird's G-Drive Ligier-Nissan JSP1.

Aston Martin Racing took the first three positions in GTE in the one-hour session.

Richie Stanaway was fastest on a 1m59.932s, which put him less than a tenth up on Darren Turner and two tenths up on Nicki Thiim in the other two Pro class Aston Martin Vantage GTEs.

Aston was also quickest in GTE Am courtesy with Stuart Hall.

Follow the World Endurance Championship title decider as it happens with Autosport Race Centre Live from midday UK time on Saturday

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m40.917s -
2 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m42.070s 1.153s
3 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m43.066s 2.149s
4 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m43.782s 2.865s
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 1m43.794s 2.877s
6 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 1m44.051s 3.134s
7 LMP1 S.Trummer, P.Kaffer Team ByKolles CLM/AER 1m48.696s 7.779s
8 LMP1 N.Prost, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m49.235s 8.318s
9 LMP1 A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, M.Tuscher Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m49.325s 8.408s
10 LMP2 N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, T.Dillmann Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m52.019s 11.102s
11 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Tandy KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m52.472s 11.555s
12 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.Bird G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m52.564s 11.647s
13 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.H.Hansson Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m52.938s 12.021s
14 LMP2 G.Yacaman, P.Derani, R.Gonzalez G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m53.700s 12.783s
15 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m54.215s 13.298s
16 LMP2 P.Ragues, O.Webb, C.Cumming Team SARD Morand Morgan/SARD 1m55.202s 14.285s
17 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m55.665s 14.748s
18 LMP2 M.Aleshin, N.Minassian, D.Markozov AF Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m55.850s 14.933s
19 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, F.Rees, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.932s 19.015s
20 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.992s 19.075s
21 GTE Pro C.Nygaard, M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m00.172s 19.255s
22 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m00.421s 19.504s
23 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m00.513s 19.596s
24 GTE Pro P.Pilet, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m00.698s 19.781s
25 GTE Am F.Castellacci, R.Goethe, S.Hall Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m01.081s 20.164s
26 GTE Am V.Shaytar, A.Bertolini, A.Basov SMP Racing Ferrari 2m01.371s 20.454s
27 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.Cressoni AF Corse Ferrari 2m01.490s 20.573s
28 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m01.526s 20.609s
29 GTE Am C.Ried, P.Long, M.Seefried Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 2m02.018s 21.101s
30 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, K.Poulsen Larbre Competition Chevrolet 2m02.110s 21.193s
31 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m03.148s 22.231s
32 GTE Am M.Mapelli, K.Al Qubaisi, K.Bachler Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 2m03.930s 23.013s


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