The #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing leads overall at the 6 Hours of Bahrain after a gripping four hours of racing and two more left.
For the middle phase of the race, drivers were starting to push as they settled into their tyre management strategies.
GTE-Am continued to show with a thriller of wheel-to-wheel racing across the category.
This was exemplified with a duel between the #83 Ferrari of François Perrodo fending off the #33 TF Sport of Dylan Pereira over second position.
Another battle in GTE-Am ensued at the 2-hour and 39 minute mark, but for seventh place.
Jaxon Evans fought with the Iron Dames #85 Ferrari of Katherine Legge, eventually passing her with a well-calculated move.
Approaching the 3-hour mark of racing, and halfway through the six-hour affair, Juan Pablo Montoya’s left-rear wheel detached from his #21 DragonSpeed at Turn 13.
A temporary Full-Course-Yellow was deployed to retrieve the loose wheel as the #21 pitted into the garage for a repair job including changing the brake hub.
More battles in GTE-Am took place as Evans chased the #83 of Alessio Rovera, eventually passing the AF Corse driver after an intense fight between the two.
After 3 hours and 20 minutes, drivers were being challenged by overshooting the braking zones and hitting the dust situated off the racing line.
The #33 (Pereira) continued to pursue to the front of the field when it battled with the #98 of Paul Dalla Lana.
TF Sport won out of their duel and took the lead, just as the GR Racing Porsche also passed the #98.
Approaching four hours of racing, the #1 LMP2 of Gabriel Aubry and the #34 of Renger Van Der Zande put on an exciting duel for fifth place as the pair left no margin to one another.
The #777 who seemingly started strongly encountered a drive-through penalty for a Full-Course-Yellow infringement, and were forced to pit as they tackled a mechanical repair in the garage.
Toyota still led 1-2 with two hours remaining as Team WRT fronted the LMP2 field in comfortable fashion.
Porsche equally retained their dominance over Ferrari in the GTE-Pro class, as GTE-Am was led by the #33 TF Sport.
#7 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
#8 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
#36 Alpine Elf Matmut [HYPERCAR]
|4||#31 Team WRT [LMP2]|
#22 United Autosports [LMP2]
|6||#28 JOTA [LMP2]|
|7||#38 JOTA [LMP2]|
#34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
#70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
#29 Racing Team Nederland (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
#1 Richard Mille Racing [LMP2]
#20 High Class Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
#44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
#92 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
#91 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
|16||#51 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]|
|17||#52 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]|
|18||#33 TF Sport [GTE-AM]|
#56 Team Project 1 [GTE-AM]
#77 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]
#98 Aston Martin Racing [GTE-AM]
|22||#85 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]|
|23||#83 AF Corse [GTE-AM]|
|24||#54 AF Corse [GTE-AM]|
#777 D’station Racing [GTE-AM]
#57 Kessel Racing [GTE-AM]
|27||#86 GR Racing [GTE-AM]|
#21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
#47 Cetilar Racing [GTE-AM]
|30||#60 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]|
#88 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]