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Jose Maria Lopez (pictured) - Credit: © Toyota Motor Corporation

Jose Maria Lopez described the car as “mega” after he and Mike Conway worked to get the #7 on pole for the 8 Hours of Bahrain season finale.

Earlier today, the battle for outright pole was between the sole LMP1 Toyotas, cars #7 and #8.

With the success handicap falling in the #7’s favour for the final round, the duo of Conway and Lopez took their third pole position this season, and Toyota GAZOO Racing’s 16th pole position.

Lopez consolidated ahead of tomorrow’s race: “We are one step closer but there are still eight hours to go, with a very hard race ahead of us.

“We struggled to set up the cars for qualifying because the wind was changing.

“Sometimes from the outside it might look easy, but there has been a lot of work going on.”

Lopez then reflected on his and Conway’s performances: “In qualifying, the car was mega.

“Mike [Conway] did the hardest job with a great first lap and I had to secure the pole,” as neither Toyota used fresh Michelin slicks for their second runs in order to reserve them for the race.

“It’s good to start ahead of car #8 but we have to be there at the end as well.”

Conway described his flying lap as “clean” but argues alike Lopez to focus on the main eight hour race.

With seven points separating them and the #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing in the standings, they will be keen to redeem themselves from the disappointment of Le Mans.

The #7 of Conway, Lopez, and Kamui Kobayashi will grasp the LMP World Endurance Championship for Drivers’ if they take the final win of Season 8, which will be the last of the LMP1 era.

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