WEC Bahrain: Tandy, Jani score final Porsche LMP1 pole

Nick Tandy and Neel Jani claimed a final World Endurance Championship pole position for Porsche before it bows out of LMP1 after this weekend's Bahrain round

WEC Bahrain: Tandy, Jani score final Porsche LMP1 pole

The drivers of the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid beat the best of the Toyotas to the top of the timesheets by nearly three tenths of a second.

Tandy had trailed Mike Conway in the #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID by more than a second in the first runs after making a mistake on his lap.

Jani then posted the fastest time of the session with a 1m39.084s, which prompted Porsche to send Tandy back out for a second run.

The Briton improved to a 1m39.683s, which gave the #1 Porsche a 1m39.383s average.

Jose Maria Lopez was nearly seven tenths slower than Jani, which left the #8 Toyota in second with a 1m39.646s average.

Tandy said: "It was Neel's lap that made us think let's go for pole — when I saw 39.0, I thought, 'Wow'.

"What a great result for our last weekend."

Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard took third place with a 1m40.011s average, while Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson were fourth in the Toyota that has won the past two WEC rounds.

Andre Negrao and Gustavo Menezes took LMP2 pole for the Signatech Alpine squad.

Negrao was second fastest after the first runs aboard the French team's ORECA-Gibson 07 while Menezes lapped within three tenths of his team-mate's time.

That consistency gave them a 1m47.227s average and pole by four tenths.

Ho-Pin Tung struggled in the best of the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECAs on the first runs, but Thomas Laurent was able to leapfrog the car up to second after setting the quickest lap of the second batch of drivers.

Their average of 1m47.612s put them just over a tenth up on the championship-leading Rebellion ORECA qualified by Bruno Senna and Julien Canal.

AF Corse Ferrari drivers Davide Rigon and Sam Bird claimed a fourth GTE Pro pole of the year.

Rigon posted the fastest time in class with a 1m56.021s in the first runs and then Bird was only a couple of hundredths slower as they set end up on a 1m59.033ss average aboard the #71 Ferrari 488 GTE.

That put them three tenths up on Aston Martin duo Darren Turner and Jonny Adam, who claimed second position with a 1m56.372s average.

Ford's Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell were the highest-placed pairing with a realistic chance of taking the title in third place.

Their average in the #67 Ganassi Ford GT ended up on a 1m56.463s average, which put them four tenths up on points leaders James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the #51 AF Ferrari.

Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz, who lie second in the points, were only sixth fastest in their factory Porsche 911 RSR.

Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana took a seventh GTE Am class pole of the season in their Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

Starting grid

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.Tandy Porsche LMP Team Porsche 1m39.383s
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.263s
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.Hartley Porsche LMP Team Porsche 0.628s
4 LMP1 S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1.391s
5 LMP2 N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.Negrao Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine/Gibson 7.844s
6 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.229s
7 LMP2 J.Canal, N.Prost, B.Senna Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 8.338s
8 LMP2 R.Rusinov, L.Roussel, L.Duval G-Drive Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.606s
9 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.Petrov CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.793s
10 LMP2 M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.Vergne CEFC Manor TRS Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.991s
11 LMP2 F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.Collard TDS Racing ORECA/Gibson 9.003s
12 LMP2 M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr. Vaillante Rebellion ORECA/Gibson 9.004s
13 LMP2 D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.Gommendy Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 9.719s
14 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 16.650s
15 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 16.989s
16 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 17.080s
17 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 17.498s
18 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 17.636s
19 GTE Pro R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 18.133s
20 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 18.139s
21 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 20.728s
22 GTE Am Mok W.S., K.Sawa, M.Griffin Clearwater Racing Ferrari 20.902s
23 GTE Am C.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.Dienst Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 21.012s
24 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.Molina Spirit of Race Ferrari 21.969s
25 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 18.205s
26 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, N.Foster Gulf Racing Porsche -


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