Bahrain WEC: Hartley tops final practice from Conway

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

Bahrain WEC: Hartley tops final practice from Conway

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 sessions 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 lap 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, with Nicklas Nielsen 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.

WEC Bahrain - FP3 results

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m43.557s
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.102s
3 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 5.041s
4 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 5.253s
5 LMP2 T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 5.577s
6 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.Davidson JOTA ORECA/Gibson 6.210s
7 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing ORECA/Gibson 7.651s
8 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 7.779s
9 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 13.233s
10 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 14.152s
11 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, R.Gunn Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 14.390s
12 GTE Pro J.Calado, D.Serra AF Corse Dallara/Gibson 14.407s
13 GTE Pro R.Westbrook, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 14.764s
14 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 14.953s
15 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari 14.957s
16 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz Porsche GT Team Porsche 14.995s
17 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, D.Olsen Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 15.455s
18 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Picariello, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 15.470s
19 GTE Am E.Perfetti, L.ten Voorde, J.Bergmeister Team Project 1 Porsche 15.497s
20 GTE Am B.Keating, D.Pereira, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 15.651s
21 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 16.251s
22 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, J.Evans, M.Holzer Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 16.377s
23 GTE Am B.Grimes, K.Cozzolino, C.Noble Red River Sport Ferrari 16.490s
24 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 16.638s

shares
comments
Bahrain WEC: Lopez tops second practice as Ferrari pace GTE Pro order

Previous article

Bahrain WEC: Lopez tops second practice as Ferrari pace GTE Pro order

Next article

Why LMP1 shouldn't be remembered for its bitter end

Why LMP1 shouldn't be remembered for its bitter end
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC
Drivers Brendon Hartley , Mike Conway
Author Gary Watkins
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Plus

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Plus

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

WEC
May 4, 2021
Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship Plus

Seven things to watch in the 2021 World Endurance Championship

Beyond the slender grid of headline-grabbing hypercars, there are numerous subplots and changes to look out for in the new season of the WEC, which gets underway at Spa this weekend. Here's the seven key things you need to know about

WEC
Apr 30, 2021
What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era Plus

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner

WEC
Apr 29, 2021
How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era Plus

How Aston Martin Racing scaled new heights in the Prodrive era

The 2021 World Endurance Championship kicks off at Spa this weekend, but for the first time since its 2012 inception there will be no works Aston Martins in the GTE-Pro class. As its new era in Formula 1 begins, Aston leaves behind a legacy of success courtesy of its Prodrive-run factory programme that was a hit from the word go in 2005

WEC
Apr 27, 2021
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021
Top 10 moments of an underrated British great Plus

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great

Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…

WEC
Mar 9, 2021
How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams Plus

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams

The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...

WEC
Mar 7, 2021