Bahrain WEC: Wurz's Toyota sets practice pace

Toyota's Alex Wurz recorded the fastest time in Thursday practice ahead of the 2013 World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain

Bahrain WEC: Wurz's Toyota sets practice pace

Wurz ended practice one a full 1.425 seconds faster than the quickest Audi, driven by Andre Lotterer.

The #1 Audi had lagged 1.8s off the leader until the final minute of the hour and a half session, when Lotterer improved his time to a 1m44.617s.

The second Joest-run Audi of newly-crowned LMP1 champions Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish ended the first session in third place ahead of the #8 Toyota, which suffered a problematic start to the weekend.

Anthony Davidson was at the wheel when the car reportedly encountered alternator trouble, which initially restricted his running to one installation lap. The fault kept the car in the pits for over a third of the session.

The Davidson-led crew bounced back to set the pace in the slower second practice.

In the night session it was the turn of the #7 Toyota to hit trouble. Nicolas Lapierre found the gravel at Turn 15 with 36 minutes remaining, bringing out the red flags. Only minor damage was sustained, and he was able to restart and return to the pits during the 10-minute stoppage period.

In GTE, the championship-leading Aston Martin pairing of Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke emerged quickest in practice one, thanks to Turner's time of 1m59.565s.

Richard Lietz and Marc Lieb were quickest in practice two, ahead of the class-leading Aston, although the German pairing's effort of 1m59.730s was 0.2s slower than Turner's benchmark for the day.

The Oak car of Olivier Pla, David Heinemeier Hansson and Alex Brundle had the upper hand in LMP2 during the first session thanks to time of 1m52.389s.

Pecom Racing set the fastest LMP2 time of the day in second practice.

In GTE Am, the all-Danish piloted Aston Martin Vantage V8 of Christoffer Nygaard, Kristian Paulsen and Nicki Thiim led the way in the first session ahead of the #88 Proton Porsche. In practice two, the Matt Griffin/Emmanuel Collard/Francois Perrodo AF Corse Ferrari set the pace.

shares
comments
Craft to boost Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 field for Sepang finale
Previous article

Craft to boost Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 field for Sepang finale

Next article

Porsche to balance 2014 WEC LMP1 efforts with factory GTE team

Porsche to balance 2014 WEC LMP1 efforts with factory GTE team
Load comments
Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021 Plus

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez scored a second successive World Endurance Championship title in the #7 Toyota, as its new Le Mans Hypercar went unbeaten. Autosport recaps how each of the four classes in the 2021 season were won and picks out the best LMH and GTE drivers

WEC
Nov 28, 2021
The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending Plus

The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending

OPINION: The deeply unsatisfying ending to a brilliant World Endurance Championship GTE Pro battle in Bahrain had Ferrari provisionally heading back from the desert as the victor. But Porsche plans to appeal the outcome, which rests on a number of confusing elements that have yet to be satisfactorily explained

WEC
Nov 9, 2021
How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint Plus

How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint

The Ferrari versus Porsche fight for the World Endurance Championship's GTE Pro title had been a finely-poised affair, right up until Alessandro Pier Guidi's punt on Michael Christensen in the closing stages of the Bahrain 8 Hours handed Ferrari a provisional title, pending Porsche's appeal. Here's how the controversy played out

WEC
Nov 8, 2021
The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster Plus

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Le Mans
Nov 3, 2021
How the #7 Toyota squad moved closer to clinching WEC's 2021 title Plus

How the #7 Toyota squad moved closer to clinching WEC's 2021 title

In the penultimate round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship, a better run of tyre wear for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi brought the Toyota trio its third win from five events, as the #7 squad put one hand on the title. Here's how the first of the WEC's two Bahrain enduros played out

WEC
Nov 1, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Plus

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021