Bahrain 8h WEC: Hartley puts #8 Toyota top in FP1
Brendon Hartley went quickest for Toyota in first practice for this weekend's eight-hour FIA World Endurance Championship finale in the Bahrain.
The New Zealander's quickest lap of 1m48.490s aboard the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid gave him a margin of four tenths over the championship-leading #7 sister entry in the hands of Kamui Kobayashi.
Hartley set a total of three laps at the start of the 90-minutes session that were quicker than Kobayashi's 1m48.898s mark.
The Signatech-run Alpine A480-Gibson was slowest of the three cars present in the Hypercar class for the Bahrain double-header that closes out this season's 2021.
Nicolas Lapierre was within a second of the pace in the grandfathered LMP1 car with a 1m49.479s.
Times for the cars in the Hypercar class were already quicker than in the corresponding session for last weekend's six-hour race in Bahrain.
The practice sessions for the penultimate round of the 2021 WEC were held during daylight when temperatures were higher, whereas FP1 for the Bahrain 8 Hours took place after the sun had fallen.
Only three of the eight hours of Saturday's race will take place during the day.
Swiss entrant Realteam led the way in LMP2, Norman Nato posting a 1m50.792 in its TDS Racing-run Oreca 07-Gibson.
The Frenchman ended up just three hundredths quicker than Tom Blomqvist's 1m50.820s in the best of the JOTA Orecas.
Neither of the factory AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTE Evos hit the track until more than 30 minutes into the session and ended up over two seconds behind the pace-setting Porsche despite a late Balance of Performance change.
Miguel Molina posted a 2m00.631s and Alessandro Pier Guidi a 2m00.677s as they brought up the rear of the WEC field behind all the GTE Am cars. Ferrari did not give a reason for the cars leaving the pits late.
Augusto Farfus was quickest in GTE Am for the Prodrive-run Aston Martin Racing squad. The Brazilian's 1m58.093s aboard the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE gave him a margin of two tenths over Matteo Cairoli in the Project 1 team's solo entry.
Practice for Saturday's Bahrain 8 Hours resumes at 9:00am local time on Friday.
|1||8|| Sébastien Buemi
|Toyota GR010 - Hybrid||HYPERCAR||1'48.490|
|2||7|| Mike Conway
Jose Maria Lopez
|Toyota GR010 - Hybrid||HYPERCAR||1'48.898||0.408|
|3||36|| Andre Negrao
|4||70|| Esteban Garcia
|5||28|| Sean Gelael
|6||29|| Frits van Eerd
Giedo van der Garde
Job Van Uitert
|7||38|| Roberto Gonzalez
Antonio Felix da Costa
|8||22|| Philip Hanson
|9||31|| Robin Frijns
|10||34|| Jakub Smiechowski
Renger van der Zande
|11||20|| Dennis Andersen
|12||1|| Tatiana Calderon
|13||21|| Henrik Hedman
Juan Pablo Montoya
|14||44|| Miro Konopka
|15||92|| Kevin Estre
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||1'57.657||9.167|
|16||91|| Gianmaria Bruni
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||1'58.013||9.523|
|17||98|| Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||1'58.093||9.603|
|18||56|| Egidio Perfetti
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||1'58.321||9.831|
|19||47|| Roberto Lacorte
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'58.629||10.139|
|20||777|| Satoshi Hoshino
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||1'58.697||10.207|
|21||83|| François Perrodo
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'58.921||10.431|
|22||33|| Ben Keating
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||1'59.000||10.510|
|23||54|| Thomas Flohr
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'59.050||10.560|
|24||77|| Christian Ried
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||1'59.339||10.849|
|25||88|| Khaled Al Qubaisi
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||1'59.552||11.062|
|26||57|| Takeshi Kimura
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'59.723||11.233|
|27||60|| Claudio Schiavoni
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'59.857||11.367|
|28||85|| Rahel Frey
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||2'00.143||11.653|
|29||86|| Michael Wainwright
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE AM||2'00.431||11.941|
|30||52|| Daniel Serra
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||2'00.631||12.141|
|31||51|| Alessandro Pier Guidi
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||2'00.677||12.187|
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