Porsche Team set a blistering early pace today as the FIA WEC Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain got underway at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).
Australian superstar Mark Webber was behind the wheel of Porsche’s 919 Hybrid as they topped the first WEC practice with a best lap time of 1:42.800 seconds. Webber was sharing the duties in the no. 17 car with teammates Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley.
They claimed the top classification overall and were also number one in the Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) class.
Porsche finished in front of the Audi Sport Team Joest trio of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer, who were just 0.017secs off the leaders’ pace in their no. 7 Audi R-18 e-tron quattro.
The no. 8 Audi of Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and and Oliver Jarvis followed third-fastest 0.603secs behind, while the no. 18 Porsche Hybrid of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb was ranked fourth overall with a 0.654secs gap from first.
The pair of Toyota TS 040 Hybrids were ranked in fifth and sixth. Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima were just 0.114secs ahead of their Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates Alexander Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway.
Classified next were the Rebellion Racing R-One AER cars of Alexandre Imperatori, Dominik Kraihamer and Matheo Tuscher, followed by teammates Nicolas Prost and Mathias Beche. Rounding out the LMP1 class in 10th were Simon Trummer and Pierre Kaffer in the Team Bykolles CLM P1/01 – AER.
Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2)
Setting the pace were the Signatech Alpine trio of Nelson Panciatici, Paul Loup Chatin and Tom Dillmann in an Alpine A450b – Nissan. They had a fastest lap of 1:52.054.
Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Pro (LMGTE Pro): This category was topped by AF Corse’s Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander in their Ferrari F458 Italia. Their best lap was 2:00.135.
Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Amateur (LMGTE Am): This category was led by Aston Martin Racing’s Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda. They steered their Aston Martin Vantage V8 to a fastest lap of 2:01.280.
A total of 32 cars across all WEC categories are competing in the WEC season finale in Bahrain