Toyota Set The Pace Under The Lights In Bahrain


Toyota continued to sit at the top of the time sheets after the second practice session ahead of the Six Hours of Bahrain.

Sebastien Buemi took the #8 Toyota to the head of the field in the black of the night, just as the sister #7 car in the afternoon session. Buemi set a time of 1:44.516, just 0.205 seconds faster than the #1 Audi. The #7 Toyota set the third fastest time, despite causing the session to be stopped while it was extracted from the gravel trap, suffering only minimal damage.

All four of the hybrid LMP1 cars were covered by less than three tenths of a second, with the World Champions-elect in the #2 Audi sitting just 0.292 seconds behind the time set by Buemi. Rebellion Racing rounded out the top five, setting a time of 1:47.323.

Nicolas Minassian topped LMP2 in the #49 Pecom Racing Oreca, his time of 1:51.798 just 0.084 faster than the time of OAK Racing‘s #35 Morgan-Nissan. G-Drive Racing took third in class, while Wolfgang Riep and Jon Lancaster showed they were getting up to speed in the WEC quickly, with their Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan setting the fourth fastest LMP2 time of the session.

In LMGTE Pro, Richard Lietz became only the second man of the day to dip below the two-minute barrier in a GT car, setting a time of 1:59.730, putting the #92 Porsche 911 ahead of a brace of Aston Martins, with the championship leaders in the #97 car the fastest of the two.

Emmanuel Collard put the #61 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia to the top of the standings in LMGTE Am, splitting the LMGTE Pro Ferraris of the same team. The all-Danish #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE set the second fastest time in GTE Am, seven tenths of a second off the #61 Ferrari.

A late session incident between the #57 Krohn Racing Ferrari and a prototype car is currently being investigated.