WEC: #7 Toyota takes pole, Porsche tops GTE field in Bahrain

In the final WEC qualifying session of the year, the #7 Toyota took pole position under the lights in Bahrain.

The LMP1 class was a duel between the #7 and #8 Toyota cars, and in the last qualifying for the category it was the #7 car that came out on top with a lap-time of 1m40.747s.

In LMP2, it was the #22 United Autosports car which set the fastest time in the category, with yet another impressive qualifying, setting a time of 1m47.440s, +0.798s ahead of the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing car.

Signatech Alpine Elf’s #36 car lines in third, finishing ahead of the #38 JOTA, and the #29 Racing Team Nederland.

Cetilar Racing’s #47 car struggled to put in a good lap around the Bahrain circuit, rounding out qualifying with a lap-time of 1m51.834s, +4.394s behind the #22 United Autosports car.

In the LM-GTE Pro class, it was another pole position for Aston Martin, with the #95 car edging in front of the #92 Porsche GT Team car.

However, after what was believed to be a track limits violation, the #95 will start second and the #92 Porsche will lead the field of GTEs.

The #51 AF Corse starts in third place, finishing ahead of the #91 Porsche, the #97 AF Corse and the #97 Aston Martin.

It was an Aston Martin on top in the LM-GTE Am, with the #98 car setting a time of 1m58.356s, 0.452s ahead of the #90 TF Sport in second place.

Behind the top two, the #62 Red River Sport car finished in third place, ahead of the #56 and #57 Team Project 1 cars.

The #54 and #83 AF Corse cars start in sixth and seventh position for the race tomorrow, ahead of the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing, who struggled after qualifying first in Spa.

The final two places on the grid are taken up by the #86 Gulf Racing and the #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing car.

Similar to qualifying in Belgium, track limits were noticeable in the GTE class, with six cars having their lap times deleted in the first ten minutes.

1 1 #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing 1m40.747s
2 2 #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing 1m41.498s 0.751s
3 1 #22 United Autosports 1m47.440s
4 2 #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing 1m48.238s 0.798s
5 3 #36 Signatech Alpine Elf 1m48.470s 1.030s
6 4 #38 JOTA 1m48.901s 1.461s
7 5 #29 Racing Team Nederland 1m50.339s 2.899s
8 6 #47 Cetilar Racing 1m51.834s 4.394s
9 1 #92 Porsche GT Team 1m56.505s
10 2 #95 Aston Martin Racing 1m56.521s* 0.068s
11 3 #51 AF Corse 1m56.706s 0.185s
12 4 #91 Porsche GT Team 1m57.124s 0.603s
13 5 #71 AF Corse 1m57.217s 0.696s
14 6 #97 Aston Martin Racing 1m57.376s 0.855s
15 1 #98 Aston Martin Racing 1m58.356s
16 2 #90 TF Sport 1m58.808s 0.452s
17 3 #62 Red River Sport 1m58.868s 0.512s
18 4 #56 Team Project 1 1m58.896s 0.540s
19 5 #57 Team Project 1 1m59.039s 0.683s
20 6 #54 AF Corse 1m59.194s 0.838s
21 7 #83 AF Corse 1m59.637s 1.281s
22 8 #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing 1m59.665s 1.309s
23 9 #86 Gulf Racing 1m59.921s 1.565s
24 10 #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2m01.799s 3.443s