Team LNT Lead the Pack in First Bahrain Practice Session

1 Mins read
#5 Team LNT Ginetta LMP1 car on track at Bahrain, 2019
Credit: Race Photography

Ben Hanley was the driver to beat in the first practice session of the FIA World Endurance Championship 8 Hours of Bahrain, putting the #5 Team LNT Ginetta at the top of the timing board.

The 1:44.791 set the Team LNT crew put them 2.1 seconds ahead of the rest of the field, and was set early in the session. The team only managed to get 11 laps on the board as a mechanical issue saw the spend most of the session in the pit lane.

Behind them, Shanghai-winners Rebellion Racing took second ahead of the Toyota Gazoo Racing duo. It was an important session for Chris Dyson in the #6 Team LNT car as it was his first chance this season to get some competitive mileage.

However, the fact that neither Team LNT car set more than half the laps of the Rebellion or Toyotas highlighted that, even though they have a pace advantage this weekend, the reliability of the Ginettas will be the biggest factor in where the finish Saturday evening.

LMP2 saw the #22 United Autosports car come out on top, with Paul di Resta setting a 1:48.273 early on to take first in class. There was pressure from behind in the Cool Racing ORECA, as the fastest time the crew set was under a tenth off of di Resta’s benchmark. Championship rivals Racing Team Nederland and Signatech Alpine completed the top four, locking out the front of the class with Michelin runners.

Returning to WEC, G-Drive Racing took today’s first practice session as a learning curve for the Michelin tyres, as they have been running Dunlops during the 2019 European Le Mans Series. The Russian team ended the first practice session eighth fastest.

#92 Porsche GT Team LM GTE Pro on track at Bahrain, 2019
Credit: Race Photography

Porsche GT Team remained the ones to watch as they claimed the fastest two laps in GTE Pro. AF Corse #71 was third, under a tenth slower than the second-placed Porsche in the hands of Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina.

Aston Martin Racing ended the session with a lot to reflect on as neither Pro car could finish ahead of any of the Am cars.

TF Sport had a good session, leading the Am cars with the #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing car taking second. Thomas Preining set the time in the #88, with his team mates Adrien De Leener and Khaled Al Qubaisi getting their first taste for the Porsche RSR 911.

492 posts

About author
The Checkered Flag’s correspondent for the FIA World Endurance Championship. Working in motorsport as a hobby and as a professional: a Digital Account Manager at Patterrn offering Social Media and Digital Marketing for Brands, Teams and Drivers in all disciplines of motor racing.
Related posts
Endurance RacingFIA WECSportscars

Milesi and Hörr set for FIA WEC Bahrain test in November

2 Mins read
Charles Milesi and Laurents Hörr have been selected by the FIA WEC promoters and organisers to take part in the official Bahrain test as rookies sampling the championship winning cars in Hypercar and LMGTE Pro respectively.
24 Hours of Le MansFIA WEC

Delight and heartbreak for 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 winners Team WRT

5 Mins read
A broken throttle sensor denied Team WRT an historic LMP2 1-2 on their Le Mans debut, but still managed to secure victory in a close finish.
24 Hours of Le MansFIA WEC

24 Hours of Le Mans: Hour 24 – Lights to Flag Victory for Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez

4 Mins read
Toyota Gazoo Racing and AF Corse secured the overall and LM GTE Pro victories at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans with exceptional clean lights to flag dominance.