FIA WEC

Toyota Set The Pace Under The Lights In Bahrain

1 Mins read

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.

883 posts

About author
Based in Mid-Wales, James joined TCF at the start of the 2013 season, covering a range of disciplines, predominantly Motorcycle Road Racing and NASCAR. Follow him on Twitter @JCCharman
Articles
Related posts
FIA WEC

Team Penske to compete in FIA WEC LMP2

2 Mins read
Team Penske, who has raced in nearly everything, will begin dabbling in the FIA World Endurance Championship by fielding an Oreca 07 Gibson in LMP2 for Dane Cameron, Emmanuel Collard, and Felipe Nasr.
FIA WEC

8 Hours of Bahrain: Nakajima Takes Final Win Amid GTE Pro Controversy

6 Mins read
LM GTE Pro controversy clouded the end of the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain as Kazuki Nakajima took his final race victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing
FIA WEC

8 Hours of Bahrain Qualifying: Advantage Toyota #7 Ahead of 2021 WEC Finale

3 Mins read
Kobayashi and Estre take final FIA World Endurance Championship Pole Positions of the season, giving both their teams title race advantages.