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WEC – Hartley Ahead for Toyota in FP1    

04.11.21

The #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar driven by Brendan Hartley sets quickest lap of first FP1 session for the 8 Hours of Bahrain, the final round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Neel Jani leads LMGTE Pro as Porsche v Ferrari title fight gets set for Saturday’s race.   #70 Realteam Racing lead LMP2, while #98 Aston Martin leads LMGTE Am with Augusto Farfus lapping fastest. 

Hypercar  

Toyota Gazoo Racing 1-2 in night session with Brendon Hartley’s early session 1m48m.490s lap in the #8 GR010 Hybrid leads sister #7 car by 0.4s.  The #7 crew have a 15-point lead in points standings with 39-points to play for this Saturday.  Kamui Kobayashi proves to be fastest driver in #7 points leading car. 

The #36 Alpine ELF Matmut finishes the 90-minute session in third position as Nicolas Lapierre is 0.9s behind the leading Toyota.  
 

LMGTE Pro  

Neel Jani takes top spot for Porsche in LMGTE Pro class leading a Porsche GT Team 1-2 in 90-minute session.  2018/19 Champion Michael Christensen joins Jani and Kevin Estre in the #92 Porsche for this race, while Fred Makowiecki is added to Gimmi Bruni and Richard Lietz #91 crewed car. 

A 1m57.657s lap from Jani outpaces #91 Porsche by 0.3s, which will aim to protect sister cars title quest this weekend. 

Ferrari miss first 32-minutes of session.  When they do join the track, the #52 car of Miguel Molina and Daniel Serra place third, nearly three seconds behind the 92 Porsche, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi fourth, 0.046s behind their teammates.
 

LMP2  

Realteam Racing Oreca-Gibson LMP2 leads class as Norman Nato’s early best lap of 1m50.792s is just good enough for top position. 

The #28 JOTA entry driven by Tom Blomqvist is just 0.028s off Nato’s time, with the #29 Racing Team Nederland Oreca, which leads the Pro/Am title chase, is third fastest as Giedo van der Garde sets a 1m58.008 best time.

Championship leaders Team WRT are sixth in class behind #38 JOTA in fourth and United Autosports USA in fifth. 
 

LMGTE Am  

The #98 Aston Martin heads LMGTE Am as Augusto Farfus sets the fastest class lap with a 1m58.093s.  The Brazilian’s best is 0.2s ahead of #56 Project 1 Porsche as Matteo Cairoli sets a 1m58.321 best.  Cetilar place third as Antonio Fuoco laps in 1m58.629s for Monza winners.

Just 0.957s covers the top seven in the ultra-competitive class.  The #83 points leading Ferrari finishes the session in fifth place, while the second placed #33 TF Sport Aston Martin is sixth.