6H Bahrain: Bernhard tops Timesheets in Third Practice for Porsche

Timo Bernhard led the way for Porsche in the final World Endurance Championship free practice session of 2016 in Bahrain.

The German driver turned in an early 1:40.318s marker to put the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid on top of the timesheets for the first time this weekend.

The session was marked by drama for Audi in the final three minutes when Oliver Jarvis pulled the #8 R18 off at turn one.

Audi still placed second in timing and scoring, with Jarvis posting a 1:40.806s time earlier on.

Third quickest on Friday morning was the #5 Toyota TS050 which picked up the pace after lingering some three seconds adrift the previous day.

Anthony Davidson’s best lap for the Japanese marque placed him 0.534 seconds off the overall pace.

Fourth fastest was Andre Lotterer in the #7 Audi R18, ahead of the two championship-contending entries from Porsche and Toyota.

Rebellion Racing once again out-paced Bykolles Racing in LMP1 privateer.

In LMP2, the Jota-run G-Drive Racing outfit backed up its FP2 marker with the fastest lap in class on Friday.

With Rene Rast strapped in, the #26 ORECA-Nissan finished on a 1:50.431s time which put it over a second ahead of the Signatech Alpine A460 in second.

Third in the junior prototype category was Paul-Loup Chatin in the Baxi DC Racing Alpine.

Completing the top five were the two ESM Ligier-Nissans driven by Pipo Derani and Sean Gelael respectively.

GTE-Pro was topped by the turbocharged Ferrari 488 of Gianmaria Bruni which beat the two naturally aspirated Aston Martins for the first time this weekend.

Calado’s 1:59.038s best was 0.279 seconds quicker than the #97 Aston driven by Darren Turner.

Third in class was Stefan Muecke in the #66 Chip Ganassi Racing-entered Ford GT.

Ferrari also topped the times in GTE-Am, with Emmanuel Collard posting a 2:00.701s benchmark.

Qualifying for the WEC 6 Hours of Bahrain is set to take place later today (Friday, November 18) at 17:00 local time.