The #8 Toyota will start on pole position in tomorrow’s 6H of Bahrain as the team looks to retake the championship lead from its #7 rivals.
Throughout both sessions of the two-part qualifying, drivers struggled with track limits just like they did in Monza, meaning some had their fastest times deleted from the leaderboard.
In the GTE-Am category, the #60 Iron Lynx car driven by Rino Mastronardi went fastest of the group for his first class-pole position.
He set a 1m58.687s lap time to have a comfortable gap from the #98 Aston Martin which will start second tomorrow.
Kevin Estre continued his strong qualifying form and put the #92 Porsche on pole in the GTE-Pro class, the #91 Porsche ended the session in second meaning the team has the upper hand on the AF Corse squad.
The #52 AF Corse could only get 1.183s within the #92’s time in third, meaning the team has work to do tomorrow.
In the Hypercar and LMP2 session, both categories also faced challenges with track limits.
The #36 Alpine driven by Andre Negrao had his final lap time deleted but this did not have an effect on its final position in third overall.
At the front, it was Brendon Hartley who took pole in the #8 Toyota ahead of the #7 car driven by Kamui Kobayashi; the #8 side of the garage will be hoping to make inroads on the championship leaders tomorrow.
In LMP2, the JOTA team looked like they would have a 1-2 finish before Filipe Albuquerque split the pair in his #22 United Autosports Oreca 07.
That means the #28 JOTA will start on pole position tomorrow as Tom Blomqvist set a 1m49.885s lap on his second flying lap, just over one tenth faster than the #22 car.
But after it was noted they exceeded track limits, the team still kept pole owing to another lap time surpassing United by 0.062s.
All eyes will be on the two Toyota’s at the front in tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Bahrain to see which car will take the victory and just who will have the upper hand going into the finale next week.
|OVERALL POSITION||CLASS POSITION||TEAM||DRIVER||FASTEST TIME||DIFF TO SESSION POLE|
|1||1||#8 Toyota GAZOO Racing||Brendon Hartley||1m47.049s||– –|
|2||2||#7 Toyota GAZOO Racing||Kamui Kobayashi||1m47.447s||0.398s|
|3||3||#36 Alpine Elf Matmut||Andre Negrao||1m48.003s||0.954s|
|4||1||#28 JOTA||Tom Blomqvist||1m49.932s||2.898s|
|5||2||#22 United Autosports||Filipe Albuquerque||1m49.994s||2.945s|
|6||3||#38 JOTA||Antonio Felix Da Costa||1m50.198s||3.149s|
|7||4||#70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am)||Loic Duval||1m50.559s||3.510s|
|8||5||#34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am)||Renger Van Der Zande||1m50.658s||3.609s|
|9||6||#29 Racing Team Nederland (Pro/Am)||Giedo Van Der Garde||1m50.942s||3.893s|
|10||7||#20 High Class Racing (Pro/Am)||Robert Kubica||1m50.979s||3.930s|
|11||8||#31 Team WRT||Charles Milesi||1m51.043s||3.994s|
|12||9||#21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am)||Ben Hanley||1m51.312s||4.263s|
|13||10||#44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am)||Oliver Webb||1m51.487s||4.438s|
|14||11||#1 Richard Mille Racing||Sophia Floersch||1m51.736s||4.687s|
|15||1||#92 Porsche GT Team||Kevin Estre||1m56.140s||– –|
|16||2||#91 Porsche GT Team||Gianmaria Bruni||1m56.178s||0.034s|
|17||3||#52 AF Corse||Miguel Molina||1m57.327s||1.183s|
|18||4||#51 AF Corse||Alessandro Pier Guidi||1m57.573s||1.429s|
|19||1||#60 Iron Lynx||Rino Mastronardi||1m58.687s||2.543s|
|20||2||#98 Aston Martin Racing||Paul Dalla Lana||1m59.331s||3.187s|
|21||3||#56 Team Project 1||Egidio Perfetti||1m59.404s||3.260s|
|22||4||#47 Cetilar Racing||Roberto Lacorte||1m59.410s||3.266s|
|23||5||#54 AF Corse||Thomas Flohr||1m59.534s||3.390s|
|24||6||#33 TF Sport||Ben Keating||1m59.538s||3.394s|
|25||7||#88 Dempsey-Proton Racing||Khaled Al Qubaisi||1m59.923s||3.779s|
|26||8||#83 AF Corse||François Perrodo||2m00.263s||4.119s|
|27||9||#77 Dempsey-Proton Racing||Christian Ried||2m00.294s||4.150s|
|28||10||#777 D’station Racing||Satoshi Hoshino||2m00.300s||4.156s|
|29||11||#85 Iron Lynx||Sarah Bovy||2m00.457s||4.313s|
|30||12||#86 GR Racing||Michael Wainwright||2m00.939s||4.795s|
|31||13||#57 Kessel Racing||Takeshi Kimura||2m01.877s||5.733s|