Bahrain WEC: Ginetta tops first practice by two seconds
Ginetta dominated the first practice for the Bahrain round of FIA World Endurance Championship, leading its closest LMP1 rival Rebellion by over two seconds.
Ben Hanley put the #5 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 on top early in practice with a time of 1m44.701s, two seconds down on the corresponding session from 2017.
However, with no late improvements late in the session, that time was enough for Hanley, Jordan King and Charlie Robertson to stay quickest, 2.185s ahead of the sole Rebellion R-13 of Bruno Senna, Norman Nato and Gustavo Menezes.
After trailing the Toyotas, Nato moved the Rebellion to second halfway through the session, lapping the circuit in 1m46.976s.
Toyota ended the session as the slowest of the three LMP1 outfits, with the #8 car of Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi leading the sister #7 machine of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez.
Buemi's quickest time of 1m47.456s in the #8 TS050 Hybrid was 0.152s quicker than what Conway managed in the #7 car.
The #6 Ginetta, the only LMP1 car to run without a handicap this weekend, sat behind the leading LMP2 cars after completing just six laps early on.
But a late stint by newcomer Chris Dyson moved the car he shares with Guy Smith and Michael Simpson up to fifth overall, 3.2s down on the pace-setting Ginetta.
United Autosports topped the LMP2 times courtesy of a 1m48.273s effort by Paul di Resta in the #22 Oreca 07.
Di Resta ended up marginally quicker than the Cool Racing Oreca of Nicolas Lapierre, while Nyck de Vries, Giedo van der Garde were third-quickest in the #29 Racing Team Nederland Oreca.
G-Drive Racing's one-off entry was more than two seconds off the pace and eighth in class in the hands of Roman Rusinov.
Porsche led a 1-2 in the GTE Pro category, with the #91 car of Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni leading the way for the German manufacturer thanks to Bruni's time of 1m57.388s.
Michael Christensen finished 0.037s down in the #92 911 RSR-19 that leads the championship heading into the 8 Hours of Bahrain.
Ferrari finished as Porsche’s closest rival in FP1, with the #71 488 GTE of Miguel Molina finishing another 0.012s adrift in third ahead of the #51 of James Calado.
The GTE Am category was topped by the championship-leading TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Jonathan Adam.
A full course yellow was briefly deployed with 30 minutes left on the clock when a bollard was knocked off, and required intervention from track marshals.
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|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'47.456||2.665|
Jose Maria Lopez
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||1'47.608||2.817|
Paul di Resta
Frits van Eerd
Giedo van der Garde
Nyck de Vries
Antonio Felix da Costa
Job Van Uitert
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||1'57.388||12.597|
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||1'57.425||12.634|
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||1'57.437||12.646|
Alessandro Pier Guidi
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||1'58.406||13.615|
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||1'58.803||14.012|
Khaled Al Qubaisi
Adrien de Leener
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'58.825||14.034|
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||1'58.904||14.113|
Larry ten Voorde
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'59.387||14.596|
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||1'59.407||14.616|
Paul Dalla Lana
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||1'59.456||14.665|
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'59.539||14.748|
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||1'59.652||14.861|
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||1'59.911||15.120|
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||2'00.095||15.304|
David Heinemeier Hansson
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'00.259||15.468|
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||2'01.831||17.040|
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||2'02.451||17.660|
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