As the temperature gauge climbed towards 30 degrees centigrade, the no7 Toyota TS050-Hybrid was the fastest car on track in the second Free Practice session of the 8 Hours of Bahrain, Round 8 of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Jose-Maria Lopez posted a 1m42.857, 1.1 seconds ahead of the championship leading no8 Toyota and 0.6 seconds faster than the best time set in yesterday evening’s first practice session.
Ferrari was the fastest of the three GT manufacturers, with the no71 488 GTE of Miguel Molina posting a 1m57.193, 0.229s ahead of the no91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Gianmaria Bruni. The no51 AF Corse Ferrari was third fastest with the two championship leading Aston Martins were in 4th and 6th after the second 90-minute session concluded.
The LMP2 class was once again led by the no29 Racing Team Nederland Oreca, with Nyck De Vries setting the best time of 1m48.601, seven tenths ahead of the no36 Signatech Alpine ELF A470-Gibson and the no22 United Autosports Oreca.
The LMGTE Am category was headed by the no88 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche with a best time of 1m57.773 set by Jaxon Evans, 0.116 seconds ahead of the no57 Team Project 1 Porsche and 0.5 seconds ahead of the no57 Team Project 1 911.
The final Free Practice session of the season will get underway at 13h45 (local), 11h45 (CET).
Source : Fia