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Bahrain WEC: Toyotas separated by a tenth in final practice

The two Toyotas were separated by one tenth in final practice for the last round of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain on Saturday. 

Bahrain WEC: Toyotas separated by a tenth in final practice

Brendon Hartley topped the times aboard the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid in the opening minutes of the 60-minute session with a 1m43.557s. 

The #7 entry with Mike Conway at the wheel was held in the pits for five minutes for a yellow-flag infringement in FP2 and then posted 1m43.659s, just 0.102s slower than the sister car. 

It was the second time in the three session of practice that the #8 Toyota had set the pace, despite carrying a 0.54s performance penalty under the LMP1 success handicap system. 

Kazuki Nakajima had a brief spin in the #8 Toyota during the session. 

Jackie Chan DC Racing led the way in LMP2 courtesy of a 1m48.598s from Will Stevens in the team's Oreca 07.

That put the JOTA-run entry a couple of tenths up on the United Autosports Oreca in which Phil Hanson got down to a 1m48.810s. 

The Signatech Alpine Oreca took third in the class times with Thomas Laurent, who posted a 1m49.134s, while Antonio Felix da Costa ended up fourth in the Oreca run under the JOTA Sport banner with a 1m49.767s.

Porsche led the way in GTE Pro for the first time of the Bahrain meeting. Michael Christensen ended up fastest in the best of the factory Porsche 911 RSR-19s with a 1m56.790s laps set early in the session. 

That put the Dane nearly a second up on the second-placed Aston Martin Vantage GTE in which Nicki Thiim managed a 1m57.709s.

James Calado was third fastest for Ferrari to make it three manufacturers in the top three. The Brit set a 1m57.964s in the best of the AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTE Evos. 

A 1m58.321s put Maxime Martin fourth in the second Aston. 

The GTE Am division was led by the Aston Martin Racing entry in which Ross Gunn posted a 1m57.947s. Nicklas Nielsen was second in class in the #83 AF-run Ferrari. 

Qualifying for the eighth round of the 2019/20 WEC campaign begins at 6:00pm local time. 

FP3 results:

Cla # Drivers Car Class Laps Time Gap
1 8 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 32 1'43.557  
2 7 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 27 1'43.659 0.102
3 37 China Ho-Pin Tung
France Gabriel Aubry
United Kingdom Will Stevens
Oreca 07 LMP2 28 1'48.598 5.041
4 22 United Kingdom Philip Hanson
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Oreca 07 LMP2 24 1'48.810 5.253
5 36 France Thomas Laurent
Brazil Andre Negrao
France Pierre Ragues
Alpine A470 LMP2 24 1'49.134 5.577
6 38 Mexico Roberto Gonzalez
Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Oreca 07 LMP2 25 1'49.767 6.210
7 47 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217 LMP2 29 1'51.208 7.651
8 29 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Oreca 07 LMP2 27 1'51.336 7.779
9 92 Denmark Michael Christensen
France Kevin Estre
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE PRO 22 1'56.790 13.233
10 95 Denmark Marco Sorensen
Denmark Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 22 1'57.709 14.152
11 98 Canada Paul Dalla Lana
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 25 1'57.947 14.390
12 51 United Kingdom James Calado
Brazil Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 26 1'57.964 14.407
13 97 United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Belgium Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 23 1'58.321 14.764
14 83 France François Perrodo
France Emmanuel Collard
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 26 1'58.510 14.953
15 71 Italy Davide Rigon
Spain Miguel Molina
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 27 1'58.514 14.957
16 91 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Austria Richard Lietz
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 LMGTE PRO 27 1'58.552 14.995
17 77 Germany Christian Ried
Italy Riccardo Pera
Norway Dennis Olsen
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 23 1'59.012 15.455
18 86 United Kingdom Michael Wainwright
Belgium Alessio Picariello
United Kingdom Benjamin Barker
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 24 1'59.027 15.470
19 56 Norway Egidio Perfetti
Netherlands Larry ten Voorde
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 26 1'59.054 15.497
20 57 United States Ben Keating
Dylan Pereira
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 22 1'59.208 15.651
21 90 Turkey Salih Yoluc
Ireland Charles Eastwood
United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE AM 26 1'59.808 16.251
22 88 United Arab Emirates Khaled Al Qubaisi
Jaxon Evans
Marco Holzer
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 28 1'59.934 16.377
23 62 United Kingdom Bonamy Grimes
Japan Kei Cozzolino
United Kingdom Colin Noble Jr.
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 27 2'00.047 16.490
24 54 Switzerland Thomas Flohr
Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE AM 27 2'00.195 16.638
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