The #5 Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1 ran fastest in the opening practice session of the WEC weekend in Bahrain. The car’s best time was a 1:44.791 from Ben Hanley before it was forced to spend much of the session in the garage with a mechanical issue. It meant that the car only managed 11 laps during the 90-minute session.
Hanley’s lap, set early in the running, was 2.1 seconds faster than anything else on track. The #1 Rebellion R-13, fresh from its Shanghai win, finished up second with a 1:46.976 from Norman Nato.
The two Toyotas slotted in third and fourth, ahead of the #6 Team LNT Ginetta.
It was an important session for the #6 Ginetta, as it provided Chris Dyson with his first chance to turn laps in the car during a competitive session. The car completed 15 laps total, under half the number laps that the #1 Rebellion and #8 Toyota managed.
In the LMP2 ranks, it was the #22 United Autosports ORECA that topped the times, with the best lap coming from Paul Di Resta early on, a 1:48.273. His time was a tenth up on the Cool Racing ORECA. Behind, the Racing Team Nederland 07 Gibson ended up third ahead of the Signatech Alpine in fourth. This made it a 1-2-3-4 for Michelin teams.
Fastest of the Goodyear runners was High Class Racing’s ORECA, which was only seven-tenths off the United ORECA.
Notably, the G-Drive Racing Aurus 01, in its first FIA WEC session, ended up eighth. This weekend Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne and Job van Uitert are having to get up to speed on Michelin tyres, having spent the 2019 ELMS season racing on Dunlops.
Porsche meanwhile, finished up 1-2 in Pro with a best time of 1:57.388 from the #91 911 RSR 19, set by Gianmaria Bruni. Best of the rest was the #71 AF Corse Ferrari, under a tenth off the #92 car that ended up second. Both Aston Martin Racing Vantages lapped slower than the top two in Am.
TF Sport’s Aston Martin Vantage AMR, which is running with the most success ballast in the Am class this weekend, set the best time in the class, a 1:58.803 from Jonny Adam. Proton Racing’s #88 Porsche 911 RSR slotted in second, with a 1:58.825 set by Thomas Preining. This weekend Preining is joined by Adrien De Leener and Khaled Al Qubaisi. It’s De Leener’s second appearance this season and Qubaisi’s first.
There were no major incidents in the session, which was only interrupted briefly by a Full-Course Yellow for debris on the track.
FP2 is set to start at 18:30 local time.