Neel Jani was once again the fastest man on track to conclude Thursday’s on-track action at Bahrain. Jani’s fastest time in the #2 Porsche, in what was a quiet session under the floodlights, was a 1:39.817 set early on and was almost half a second quicker than the other LMP1 runners.
Second in the classification was the #1 Porsche of Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley with a 1:40.272. The #8 Audi rounded out the top three, Lucas Di Grassi’s quickest tour a further tenth off Jani’s best, ahead of the #6 Toyota in fourth.
In the LMP1 L ranks Rebellion’s R-One was once again fastest, though this time by tenths rather than seconds over the ByKolles CLM. The best lap from the Swiss P1 squad a 1:47.178.
G-Drive Racing meanwhile topped the LMP2 class after Rene Rast set a 1:50.065 to better the Sigantech Alpine squad which went quickest in FP1 by four tenths. The #44 Manor Oreca rounded out the top three, once again demoting the fastest non-Oreca chassis, RGR’s Ligier, to fourth.
LMP2 as a whole was very close though, with under three seconds separating all 10 runners.
In the GTE Pro ranks meanwhile Aston Martin Racing continued its dominant display of pace up front, with the #95 this time leading the #97. Fastest of the four drivers this time round was Nicki Thiim who reeled off a 1:57.226, which was 0.010 quicker than the sister car which lapped the circuit in 1:57.226.
The #67 Ford GT ended up third in the session, ahead of the #71 and #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488s to bookend the top five. After running third fastest in FP1, the Dempsey Proton Porsche ended up seventh of the Pro runners, over two seconds slower than Thiim’s time.
Aston Martin also went quickest in GTE Am after Pedro Lamy set a 1:59.460 driving the #98 Vantage. Lamy’s time pipped Ricky Taylor’s best time of 2:00.579 in the Larbre Competition Corvette in his first stint in the car.
Free Practice 3 is set to start at 11:30am local time in Bahrain tomorrow.