Bahrain WEC: Points-leading Porsche remains on top

The FIA World Endurance Championship-leading Porsche 919 of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb again set the pace in second practice for the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

Bahrain WEC: Points-leading Porsche remains on top
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
Special farewell message on the #8 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18: Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis
#5 Toyota Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid: Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
#1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 05 - Nissan: Roman Rusinov, Alex Brundle, René Rast
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Marco Sorensen, Nicki Thiim
#98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda

The car needs a top-five finish to clinch the title this weekend, and has now topped both sessions so far in the Middle Eastern island kingdom.

Lieb set the early pace at 1m40.321s, ahead of Lucas di Grassi’s #8 Audi on 1m40.400s. Jani then jumped aboard the #2 and improved the fastest time to 1m39.817s, with Brendon Hartley making it a Porsche 1-2 in the #1 car with a time of 1m40.272s.

There was some bad news for #1, however, as it’s under investigation by stewards for not slowing down under a double-waved yellow flag.

The #8 Audi stayed third, two tenths ahead of the leading Toyota – the only car that can beat the #2 Porsche to the world title – of Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi. Conway set the time of 1m40.603, well clear of Andre Lotterer’s 1m41.020s in the fifth-placed #7 Audi and the #5 Toyota, which managed 1m42.859s in Sebastian Buemi’s hands.

G-Drive led the LMP2 times throughout with Rene Rast and Alex Brundle setting consistently impressive times, a 1m50.056s being their quickest.

Aston holds sway in GT classes

There was a 1-2 in GTE-Pro again for Aston Martin, with Marco Sorensen setting the fastest time of 1m57.226s in the points-leading #95, ahead of the #97 sister car's 1m57.594s in the hands of Darren Turner and Jonathan Adam.

The #67 Ford of Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx was best of the rest on 1m59.168s, ahead of the Ferraris of Sam Bird/Davide Rigon and Gianmaria Bruni/James Calado.

The GTE-Am class was also topped by Aston Martin, with the sole Vantage of Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul dalla Lana actually setting the sixth-fastest GT lap of the session overall.

There was a brief full-course yellow after half an hour to remove some debris at Turn 13, but the session ran incident free apart from track limits warnings, which were activated for this session unlike in FP1.

WEC 2016 Bahrain FP2 results

ClaDriversCarTimeGap
1   Romain Dumas 
  Neel Jani 
  Marc Lieb 
Porsche 919 Hybrid 1'39.817  
2   Mark Webber 
  Timo Bernhard 
  Brendon Hartley 
Porsche 919 Hybrid 1'40.272 0.455
3   Lucas di Grassi 
  Loic Duval 
  Oliver Jarvis 
Audi R18 1'40.400 0.583
4   Stéphane Sarrazin 
  Kamui Kobayashi 
  Mike Conway 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid 1'40.603 0.786
5   Andre Lotterer 
  Marcel Fassler 
  Benoit Tréluyer 
Audi R18 1'41.020 1.203
6   Anthony Davidson 
  Kazuki Nakajima 
  Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid 1'42.859 3.042
7   Alexandre Imperatori 
  Dominik Kraihamer 
  Matheo Tuscher 
Rebellion R-One 1'47.178 7.361
8   Simon Trummer 
  Oliver Webb 
  Pierre Kaffer 
CLM P1/01 1'47.572 7.755
9   Roman Rusinov 
  René Rast 
  Alex Brundle 
Oreca 05 1'50.056 10.239
10   Nicolas Lapierre 
  Gustavo Menezes 
  Stéphane Richelmi 
Alpine A460 1'50.444 10.627
11   Richard Bradley 
  Matthew Rao 
  Alex Lynn 
Oreca 05 1'51.023 11.206
12   Bruno Senna 
  Ricardo Gonzalez 
  Filipe Albuquerque 
Ligier JS P2 1'51.297 11.480
13   Giedo van der Garde 
  Tom Dillmann 
  Sean Gelael 
Ligier JS P2 1'51.419 11.602
14   Pipo Derani 
  Ryan Dalziel 
  Chris Cumming 
Ligier JS P2 1'51.513 11.696
15   Roberto Merhi 
  Julien Canal 
  Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 05 1'51.829 12.012
16   Maurizio Mediani 
  Nicolas Minassian 
  Mikhail Aleshin 
BR01 1'52.359 12.542
17   Paul-Loup Chatin 
  Ho-Pin Tung 
  David Cheng 
Alpine A460 1'52.537 12.720
18   Vitaly Petrov 
  Viktor Shaytar 
  Kirill Ladygin 
BR01 1'52.910 13.093
19   Marco Sorensen 
  Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 1'57.226 17.409
20   Darren Turner 
  Jonathan Adam 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 1'57.233 17.416
21   Harry Tincknell 
  Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT 1'59.168 19.351
22   Sam Bird 
  Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE 1'59.231 19.414
23   Gianmaria Bruni 
  James Calado 
Ferrari 488 GTE 1'59.315 19.498
24   Pedro Lamy 
  Paul Dalla Lana 
  Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 1'59.460 19.643
25   Stefan Mücke 
  Olivier Pla 
Ford GT 1'59.658 19.841
26   Richard Lietz 
  Michael Christensen 
Porsche 911 RSR (2016) 1'59.758 19.941
27   Pierre Ragues 
  Ricky Taylor 
  Romain Brandela 
Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 2'00.579 20.762
28   François Perrodo 
  Emmanuel Collard 
  Rui Aguas 
Ferrari F458 Italia 2'01.918 22.101
29   David Heinemeier Hansson
  Patrick Long 
  Khaled Al Qubaisi 
Porsche 911 RSR 2'01.959 22.142
30   Michael Wainwright 
  Adam Carroll 
  Ben Barker 
Porsche 911 RSR 2'02.261 22.444
31   Christian Ried 
  Wolf Henzler 
  Joel Camathias 
Porsche 911 RSR 2'02.350 22.533
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