The season-closing 8 Hours of Bahrain, spherical 8 of FIA WEC, bought underway this evening with the well-known free be aware session. The 90-minute session became once held below the floodlights, with display screen temperatures hovering around 30 degrees.
Toyota Gazoo Racing tops FP1 with Sébastien Buemi environment a time of 1: 43.457 in the No. 8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID he shares with Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima. Buemi became once 0.492s sooner than sister Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by its trio of drivers Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez. The two Toyota entries are battling for the 2020 LMP drivers’ title, with handiest seven points keeping apart each crews.
In LMGTE Pro Aston Martin Racing led the arrangement, with Richard Westbrook environment a lap of 1: 56.560 in the No.97 Aston Martin Vantage AMR he shares with Maxime Martin. Westbrook’s lap became once 0.617s earlier than the No.91 Porsche 911 RSR – 19 driven by Richard Lietz and Gimmi Bruni. Third overall became once the 2nd Porsche GT Crew entry, with 2018/19 World Champion Michael Christensen environment a time of 1: 57.218 early in the session. The class leading No. 95 Aston Martin automobile fourth fastest with the 2 AF Corse Ferrari 488s fifth and sixth.
Racing Crew Nederland topped the LMP2 timesheets as Guido Van Der Garde sets the wobble early in the session with 1: 47.955. Second in school became once André Negrão in the Signatech Alpine Elf entry – the Alpine A470 Gibson entry correct 0.171s adrift of the wobble-environment No. 29 automobile. JOTA, who’re vying for the runners-up station in the LMP2 groups’ championship this weekend, were third quickest with Antonio Felix Da Costa clocking 1: 48.303.
The No. 98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage proved the automobile to beat in LMGTE Am as Ross Gunn order the fastest time of 1: 57.666. Second fastest in LMGTE Am became once Gulf Racing’s Ben Barker in the Porsche 911 RSR, the British driver correct 0.022s adrift of the fastest Am time. Crew Mission 1’s Jeroen Bleekemolen rounded out the tip three with a time of 1: 57.688 in the No. 57 Porsche
The 2nd Free Note session is scheduled for the next day to come morning at 09h00 local / 07h00 CET.