Bahrain WEC: Porsche completes free practice sweep

Porsche remained on top in final free practice ahead of qualifying for this weekend's Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale

Bahrain WEC: Porsche completes free practice sweep

The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid headed the leaderboard this time courtesy of a 1m40.318s from Timo Bernhard.

That put the car nearly half a second up on the best of the Audi R18 e-trons in which Oliver Jarvis ended up on a 1m40.806s. That car then parked with an engine issue in the closing minutes of the session.

Toyota claimed third position, less than a tenth further back with a 1m40.852s from Anthony Davidson in the #5 TS050 HYBRID.

Andre Lotterer took fourth in the second Audi on a 1m41.400s.

The championship-leading #2 Porsche, in which Neel Jani had been fastest in the opening two practice sessions, was just over a tenth back in fifth in Marc Lieb's hands.

Mike Conway was sixth in the second Toyota.

The G-Drive ORECA-Nissan 05 again led the way in LMP2.

Rene Rast set the pace in the Jota-run car with a 1m50.431s, which put him just two hundredths up on Stephane Richelmi in the Signatech Alpine ORECA.

Gianmaria Bruni was fastest in GTE Pro for the AF Corse factory Ferrari team.

The Italian's 1m59.038s in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE put him nearly three tenths up on the best of the Aston Martin Vantage GTEs with Darren Turner driving.

AF was also quickest in GTE Am with a 2m00.701s from Emmanuel Collard.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m40.318s - 31
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m40.806s 0.488s 29
3 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m40.852s 0.534s 32
4 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m41.000s 0.682s 30
5 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m41.014s 0.696s 32
6 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m41.276s 0.958s 28
7 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m46.338s 6.020s 20
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 1m48.236s 7.918s 22
9 LMP2 R.Rusinov, R.Rast, A.Brundle G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 1m50.431s 10.113s 29
10 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m51.455s 11.137s 29
11 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, P-L.Chatin Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m51.591s 11.273s 27
12 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 1m51.805s 11.487s 28
13 LMP2 T.Dillmann, G.van der Garde, S.Gelael Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 1m51.864s 11.546s 26
14 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, F.Albuquerque, B.Senna RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 1m51.946s 11.628s 25
15 LMP2 V.Petrov, K.Ladygin, V.Shaytar SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m52.497s 12.179s 26
16 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani, M.Aleshin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m52.561s 12.243s 28
17 LMP2 J.Canal, R.Gonzalez, R.Merhi Manor ORECA/Nissan 1m53.096s 12.778s 24
18 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, A.Lynn Manor ORECA/Nissan 1m53.365s 13.047s 24
19 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 1m59.038s 18.720s 25
20 GTE Pro J.Adam, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.301s 18.983s 26
21 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m59.580s 19.262s 26
22 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1m59.862s 19.544s 25
23 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 1m59.920s 19.602s 25
24 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 1m59.949s 19.631s 24
25 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 1m59.955s 19.637s 25
26 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 2m00.701s 20.383s 26
27 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 2m01.325s 21.007s 25
28 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m01.466s 21.148s 22
29 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 2m01.987s 21.669s 25
30 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 2m02.528s 22.210s 26
31 GTE Am P.Ragues, R.Taylor, R.Brandela Larbre Competition Chevrolet 2m04.359s 24.041s 23


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