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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

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1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

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1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

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1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
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3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

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1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

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2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

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4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
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6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

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4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Toyota Gazoo Racing On Top In Bahrain

Porsche 3rd and 4th
Thursday, November 16, 2017


#8 Toyota in pits
#8 Toyota in pits

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing enjoyed a positive opening day of practice for the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain as it attempts to finish the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a third consecutive victory.

Following wins in the last two races at Fuji and Shanghai, the team is targeting a fifth victory from nine races this season and began strongly at Bahrain International Circuit.

Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 TS050 HYBRID set the fastest lap of the day, just 0.001secs slower than the best TOYOTA lap time ever with an LMP1 car in Bahrain

The #7 car of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose María Lopez also showed strong performance, finishing the day second quickest

The 6 Hours of Bahrain is not only the final race of the 2017 season; it is the last time for the foreseeable future that TOYOTA will compete against Porsche in LMP1.

The first practice session was interrupted for 37 minutes due to circuit repairs and cleaning. Later the 919 Hybrid of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy had to pit for quick repairs after a shortcut in a loom required fixing.

The second 90-minute session took place entirely in darkness in pleasant ambient temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius. Shortly before the end of FP2, Bamber touched a LMP2 car but was able to drive back to the pits.

Therefore, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing targets a winning end to the four-year competition between the two manufacturers in the 50th WEC race since the series was re-launched in 2012. That meant everyone in the team was fully focused on fine-tuning the TS050 HYBRIDs when practice began today.

To boost its chances, the team has introduced detailed aerodynamic improvements to the cars and it evaluated these during the two 90-minute practice sessions, the first of which took place in afternoon sunshine.

Also on the agenda were set-up development and tire comparisons, with knowledge of tire degradation and performance a key issue because a set of Michelins must last for two stints in the race.

That program was compressed into a shorter time when a GT car spread oil over the circuit early in first practice, reducing the running time by 15 minutes, but the TS050 HYBRIDS nevertheless completed 71 laps between them.

Saturday’s race begins in daytime but will finish at 10pm, so in preparation today’s second practice took place in darkness, with air temperatures dropping from 29°C in the afternoon to 23°C at the end of the night’s action.

A trouble-free 90 minutes took place without interruption, allowing the team to successfully complete its full program and be ready to fight for pole position and victory.

TS050 HYBRID #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose María Lopez)

Free practice 1: 1st (1min 42.313secs), 37 laps

Free practice 2: 2nd (1min 40.693secs), 43 laps

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “That was a decent day for the team as we were fastest in both sessions. Our car needs to improve still in some areas and we are still deciding on tires and set-up. We improved the car from the first session and I think we can improve again tomorrow so we can hopefully fight again for pole.”

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “Overall the car felt okay today so I am quite happy. As usual early in the week, we need to work more on the set-up to improve balance but I am pleased with our general performance. The lap times were quite encouraging so we will keep pushing on Friday and Saturday.”

Jose María Lopez (TS050 HYBRID #7): “It was pretty good today. We look competitive but it’s very close so it’s going to be hard as always. For me, as with every race this year, I am trying to get on the pace quickly in my first time with an LMP1 car at this track. I was happy with my stints and I improved each time.”

TS050 HYBRID #8 (Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)

Free practice 1: 2nd (1min 42.512secs), 34 laps

Free practice 2: 1st (1min 40.095secs), 44 laps

Sebastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was a very good day for us; one of the best practice days we have had this year. We looked quick on short and long runs but there is a long way to go. We will analyze everything and try to get better. Our general pace seemed similar to Shanghai so I hope we can again fight for pole and the win.” 

Anthony Davidson (TS050 HYBRID #8): “I have always enjoyed this track and it’s nice to be fastest; our car always seems to suit this circuit. We did a lot of work, particularly with tires in second practice and that is very important here. There is a lot of data to study to get the tire choice right and I think we made good progress.”

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “That was a good, productive day for our car and I am happy with the car balance. Porsche is still pretty close so we need to do everything right to come out on top in qualifying and, more importantly, the race. We can improve in some areas but it’s a strong start.”

FP1 Results

1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo Racing#8 Toyota1m42.313s0.000s37
2LMP1S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo Racing#7 Toyota1m42.512s0.199s34
3LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.TandyPorsche LMP Team#1 Porsche1m42.647s0.334s22
4LMP1T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.HartleyPorsche LMP Team#2 Porsche1m42.813s0.500s31
5LMP2M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr.Vaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m48.707s6.394s30
6LMP2R.Rusinov, L.Roussel, L.DuvalG-Drive RacingORECA/Gibson1m48.729s6.416s23
7LMP2D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.GommendyJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m49.083s6.770s20
8LMP2N.Lapierre, G.Menezes, A.NegraoSignatech Alpine MatmutAlpine/Gibson1m49.107s6.794s26
9LMP2M.Rao, B.Hanley, J-E.VergneCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m49.272s6.959s27
10LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, E.CollardTDS RacingORECA/Gibson1m49.730s7.417s35
11LMP2H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.LaurentJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1m49.854s7.541s33
12LMP2R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.PetrovCEFC Manor TRS RacingORECA/Gibson1m50.041s7.728s32
13LMP2J.Canal, N.Prost, B.SennaVaillante RebellionORECA/Gibson1m50.467s8.154s30
14GTE ProJ.Calado, A.P.GuidiAF CorseFerrari1m58.579s16.266s35
15GTE ProD.Turner, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin1m58.901s16.588s31
16GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord1m59.413s17.100s15
17GTE ProS.Mucke, O.PlaFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord1m59.457s17.144s32
18GTE ProR.Lietz, F.MakowieckiPorsche GT TeamPorsche1m59.510s17.197s23
19GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche1m59.657s17.344s30
20GTE ProN.Thiim, M.SorensenAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m00.006s17.693s25
21GTE AmC.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.DienstDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche2m00.428s18.115s31
22GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari2m00.473s18.160s31
23GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin2m00.553s18.240s34
24GTE AmM.Wainwright, B.Barker, N.FosterGulf RacingPorsche2m00.947s18.634s33
25GTE AmMok W.S., K.Sawa, M.GriffinClearwater RacingFerrari2m01.572s19.259s35
26GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.MolinaSpirit of RaceFerrari2m01.680s19.367s36

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