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Toyota Gazoo Racing power to top of third WEC practice

Toyota Gazoo Racing power to top of third WEC practice

Toyota Gazoo Racing powered to the top of the timesheet in the third and final Free Practice of the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain today at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

After finishing behind Hypercar rivals Peugeot TotalEnergies in the first two sessions, Toyota responded in the concluding 60-minute Practice with the trio of Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway setting the pace in their #7 GR010 Hybrid. They set a best lap time of one minute 48.384 seconds.

Teammates Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa in their #8 Hypercar followed in second place with a fastest lap 0.364 seconds slower.

Peugeot were classified third and fourth in their 9X8 challengers. Their #94 crew of Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes and Nico Muller went 1.151s off the leading pace, followed by the #93 trio of Jean-Eric Vergne, Paul Di Resta and Mikkel Jensen finishing 1.895s behind.

Alpine Elf Team’s #36 A480-Gibson driven by Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviere were fifth overall with a 1.944s gap, completing the Hypercar class.

Leading the LMP2 category were the WRT crew of Rene Rast, Sean Gelael and Robin Frijns, who steered their #31 Oreca 07-Gibson to a best lap of 1:51.792.

Porsche GT Team’s #91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 driven by Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni set the pace amongst the LMGTE Pro competitors with a fastest time of 1:57.089.

In the LMGTE Am, Team Project 1’s #46 crew of Matteo Cairoli, Mikkel Pedersen and Nicolas Leutwiler were quickest with a lap of 2:00.079 in their Porsche 911 RSR-19.

The WEC field now heads for Qualifying this afternoon with the LMGTE Pro and Am session at 4.50pm, followed by the Hypercar and LMP2 at 5.10pm.

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