Bahrain WEC: Webber Porsche fastest in first practice

The championship-leading Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley set the practice pace as dusk descended in Bahrain ahead of the World Endurance Championship finale.

Bernhard lapped the Sakhir track in 1m42.800s, just 0.017s ahead of the leading Audi.

Andre Lotterer, who shares his Audi R18 e-tron quattro with Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer, was second fastest with a lap of 1m42.817s.

The second Audi of Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis was third, ahead of the Porsche of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb – each six tenths off the pace.

As usual, the Toyotas weren’t in the same league as its German rivals, and its cars were 2.5s and 2.6s off the pace respectively.

In LMP2, the Signatech Alpine-Nissan of Nelson Panciatici, Paul-Loup Chatin and Tom Dillmann led the way from the G-Drive Ligier-Nissan of Sam Bird, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal.

In GTE Pro, Ferrari held sway with the Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Villander 458 Italia heading the sister AF Corse car of Davide Rigon and James Calado. Porsche led the chase with the 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki.

The Aston Martin Vantage V8 of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda led the way in GTE Am.

The relatively uneventful session was interrupted by full course yellow flags twice: the first time to retrieve and replace a damaged bollard at Turn 10, the second for debris at the final corner.

There is a second practice under floodlights at 1930 local time.

Results: WEC 2015 Bahrain FP1

PosDriverTeamCarTimeGapLaps
Mark Webber 
Brendon Hartley 
Timo Bernhard 
Porsche Team  Porsche 919 Hybrid  1:42.800  1:42.800  37 
Andre Lotterer 
Benoit Tréluyer 
Marcel Fassler 
Audi Sport Team Joest  Audi R18 e-tron quattro '15  1:42.817  +0.017  34 
Loic Duval 
Oliver Jarvis 
Lucas di Grassi 
Audi Sport Team Joest  Audi R18 e-tron quattro '15  1:43.403  +0.603  37 
Marc Lieb 
Romain Dumas 
Neel Jani 
Porsche Team  Porsche 919 Hybrid  1:43.454  +0.654  37 
Anthony Davidson 
Kazuki Nakajima 
Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota Racing  Toyota TS040 Hybrid  1:45.371  +2.571  32 
Alexander Wurz 
Mike Conway 
Stéphane Sarrazin 
Toyota Racing  Toyota TS040 Hybrid  1:45.485  +2.685  28 
Alexandre Imperatori 
Mathéo Tuscher  
Dominik Kraihamer 
Rebellion Racing  Rebellion R-One  1:50.149  +7.349  29 
Mathias Beche 
Nicolas Prost 
Rebellion Racing  Rebellion R-One  1:50.150  +7.350  25 
Nelson Panciatici 
Paul-Loup Chatin 
Tom Dillmann 
Signatech Alpine  Alpine A450b  1:52.054  +9.254  40 
10  Pierre Kaffer 
Simon Trummer 
Team ByKolles  CLM P1/01  1:52.065  +9.265  14 
11  Roman Rusinov 
Sam Bird 
Julien Canal 
G-Drive Racing  Ligier JS P2  1:52.086  +9.286  34 
12  Jonny Kane 
Nick Leventis 
Danny Watts 
Strakka Racing  Gibson 015S  1:52.686  +9.886  34 
13  Matthew Howson 
Nick Tandy 
Richard Bradley 
KCMG  ORECA 05  1:52.850  +10.050  29 
14  Devi Markozov  
Nicolas Minassian 
Mikhail Aleshin 
AF Racing  BR Engineering BR01  1:53.164  +10.364  32 
15  Oliver Webb 
Chris Cumming 
Pierre Ragues 
Team SARD Morand  Morgan LMP2 Evo '15  1:53.374  +10.574  36 
16  Ed Brown 
Jon Fogarty 
Johannes van Overbeek 
Extreme Speed Motorsports  Ligier JS P2  1:53.655  +10.855  35 
17  Pipo Derani 
Gustavo Yacaman 
Ricardo Gonzalez 
G-Drive Racing  Ligier JS P2  1:54.370  +11.570  37 
18  David Heinemeier Hansson
Ryan Dalziel 
Scott Sharp 
Extreme Speed Motorsports  Ligier JS P2  1:54.537  +11.737  36 
19  Toni Vilander 
Gianmaria Bruni 
AF Corse  Ferrari F458 Italia  2:00.135  +17.335  34 
20  Davide Rigon 
James Calado 
AF Corse  Ferrari F458 Italia  2:00.505  +17.705  33 
21  Frédéric Makowiecki 
Patrick Pilet 
Porsche Team Manthey  Porsche 911 RSR  2:00.774  +17.974  32 
22  Pedro Lamy 
Paul Dalla Lana 
Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Racing  Aston Martin Vantage V8  2:01.280  +18.480  33 
23  Jonathan Adam 
Darren Turner 
Aston Martin Racing  Aston Martin Vantage V8  2:01.404  +18.604  38 
24  Gianluca Roda 
Kristian Poulsen 
Paolo Ruberti 
Larbre Compétition  Chevrolet Corvette C7.R  2:01.417  +18.617  33 
25  Richard Lietz 
Michael Christensen 
Porsche Team Manthey  Porsche 911 RSR  2:01.932  +19.132  30 
26  Alex MacDowall 
Richie Stanaway 
Fernando Rees 
Aston Martin Racing  Aston Martin Vantage V8  2:01.933  +19.133  36 
27  Aleksey Basov 
Andrea Bertolini 
Viktor Shaitar 
SMP Racing  Ferrari F458 Italia  2:02.124  +19.324  31 
28  Nicki Thiim 
Christoffer Nygaard 
Marco Sørensen  
Aston Martin Racing  Aston Martin Vantage V8  2:02.152  +19.352  36 
29  Christian Ried 
Patrick Long 
Marco Seefried 
Dempsey Racing - Proton  Porsche 911 RSR  2:02.363  +19.563  33 
30  Roald Goethe 
Francesco Castellacci 
Stuart Hall 
Aston Martin Racing  Aston Martin Vantage V8  2:02.921  +20.121  34 
31  Emmanuel Collard 
Matteo Cressoni 
François Perrodo 
AF Corse  Ferrari F458 Italia  2:04.367  +21.567  35 
32  Khaled Al Qubaisi 
Klaus Bachler 
Marco Mapelli 
Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing  Porsche 911 RSR  2:04.672  +21.872  33 

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Series WEC
Event Bahrain
Track Bahrain International Circuit
Drivers Mark Webber , Andre Lotterer , Neel Jani , Oliver Jarvis
Teams Porsche Team , Audi Sport Team Joest
Article type Practice report