Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber

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In slightly warmer weather by just a couple of degrees the one-hour Free Practice 3 for the 6-Hours of Bahrain took place.  It proved to be a fairly uneventful session, with substantial lappery and concluding with a Full Course Yellow assumed to be a procedural practice.

In LMP1 we have the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of the retiring Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley setting fastest time 1:40.318 pursued by the #8 Audi R18 on its swansong weekend and in third #5 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima. If there was a surprise it maybe came from the #2 Porsche which placed 5th marking off its Championship rival the #6 Toyota. Hopefully this is not a return of the lack of pace displayed at the preceding two rounds for theDrivers Championship leading car.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing TS050 World Endurance Championship. 6 Hours of Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. 16th-19th November 2016
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LMP2 proved to be static once again in terms of key players at the front of the category, although #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca in the hands of Rene Rast was a second clear with a 1:50.431. The remainder of the category (all 9 cars) are covered by less than 2-seconds!  It is going to be a battle to watch come Driver Average Lap Qualifying at 1400uk today.

Aston Martin Racing clearly learnt what they needed in Free Practice 2 with their 1:57s and left time in this session for the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 of Calado/Bruni to take the plaudits of fastest GTE-Pro with 1:59.038.  The #97 Aston Martin of Turner/Adam 3-tenths off in second pursued by the #66 Ford GT  of Mucke/Pla.  Expectations are for an Aston Martin front row, but some turbo tweaking might just pull a time later on.

In GTE-Am the #83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 of Perrodo/Collard/Aguas was fastest with a 2:00.701 with the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche second and #98 Aston Martin in third.  The #50 Larbre Competition Corvette must have over-stretched itself yesterday and trailed round behind the field with a best but slowest time 2:04.359 likely saving itself for when it actually matters in qualifying.

Image Credit: Porsche Motorsport

Image Credit: Porsche Motorsport

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