Nov 17

WEC: Porsche takes final pole for 919 Hybrid in Bahrain; Signatech Alpine claims 3rd LMP2 pole in 2017

WEC 6H of Bahrain – Rigon and Bird on pole on the #71 Ferrari 488


Porsche took a final pole position with the ultra-successful 919 Hybrid as it bows out of competition at the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain.

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Nick Tandy and Neel Jani combine to set a blistering 1m39.383s average in a thrilling qualifying session.

Claiming the No.1 Porsche 919 Hybrid’s third top spot of the season, Jani topped the times with a scintillating best lap of 1m39.084s to snatch the pole from the No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway and José Maria Lopez.

Completing the second row of the LMP1 giants go to battle for the final time tomorrow afternoon.

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Final pole position of the year won by the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid

The last qualifying session of the year, at the 6 Hours of Bahrain, has just come to an end. The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Nick Tandy, Neel Jani and André Lotterer clocked the fastest time, while the title contenders in the other classes all secured respectable spots on the starting grid. The race kicks off tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. local time (1:00 p.m. in the U.K.).

Pole position was clinched by the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Nick Tandy, Neel Jani and André Lotterer. With a cumulative time of 1:39.383, Tandy and Jani qualified ahead of the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid and the second Porsche, the #2 (only six-tenths of a second separate these three cars).

• Nick Tandy and Neel Jani seal pole with average of 1m39.383s

• Third pole of season for #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid in final outing for car

• Toyota place second as Mike Conway and José Maria Lopez combine but miss out on pole by 0.268

The complete article here on lemans.org

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WEC 6H of Bahrain – Rigon and Bird on pole on the #71 Ferrari 488

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The 488 GTE of Rigon and Bird on pole in the 6 Hours of Bahrain

  • In GTE-Pro class Davide and Sam are perfect in car no. 71. Championshipleaders Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado in 4th on the 488 GTE no. 51
  • In the GTE-Am class, the 488 GTE of Clearwater Racing 2nd with Mok andGriffin. The Spirit of Race car 4th with Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr

Davide Rigon and Sam Bird, in the 488 GTE no. 71 of AFCorse, will start from pole in the 6 Hours of Bahrain. The final round of the FIA WorldEndurance Championship sets off on Saturday at 4 pm local time (2 pm CET). This afourth pole position of the season for the Anglo-Italian pair after Spa-Francorchamps,Mexico City and Austin. The 488 GTE no. 51 of James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidiwill start from fourth, side by side with title rivals Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in theno. 67 Ford and ahead of the closest chasers, Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz onthe no. 91 Porsche. Clearwater Racing took second place in GTE-Am class while the no. 54488 GTE of Spirit of Race took fourth place with Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr.

In GTE-Pro class Davide Rigon started the round in no. 71 and James Calado inno. 51. It was essential not to make any mistakes in qualifying, because the tyres needed tobe preserved as much as possible for the race. Davide stopped the clock at 1:56:021 onthe first lap, the fastest time on track, after which he decided to return to the pits. JamesCalado followed the same strategy after recording a time of 1:56:597. Sam Bird then tookover in car no. 71 and nearly equalled his teammate with an excellent 1:56:046 for acombined time of 1:56:033. Alessandro Pier Guidi for his part, lapped in 1:57:165 to putFerrari no. 51 in fourth, with an average time of 1:56:881, behind the Aston Martin no. 97of Adam-Turner and the Ford no. 67 of Priaulx and Tincknell. Sixth place went to theMakowiecki-Lietz in Porsche no. 91. Davide Rigon’s point for pole leaves him 20.5 pointsoff the top.

In the GTE-Am class, the Ferrari 488 GTE no. 61 of Clearwater Racing camesecond in 2:00:285 thanks to Weng Sun Mok’s 2:01:965 and Matt Griffin’s 1:58:615.They will be joined in the race by Keita Sawa. Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr,racing with Miguel Molina, recorded the fourth best time with 2:01:352 for the Italian and2:02:643 for Flohr. The Aston Martin of Dalla Lana-Lamy-Lauda claimed the class pole in2:00:111, while the overall pole position went to the Porsche of Tandy-Jani-Lotterer in1:39:383.

Bahrain International Circuit (5.412 m.)
Weather conditions
Classification GTE-Pro
1) Rigon-Bird (Ferrari) 1’56”033
2) Turner-Adam (Aston Martin) 1’56”372
3) Priaulx-Tinknell (Ford) 1’56”463
4) Calado-Pier Guidi (Ferrari) 1’56”881
5) Thiim-Sorensen (Aston Martin) 1’57”019
6) Lietz-Makoweicki (Porsche) 1’57”516
7) Christensen-Estre (Porsche) 1’57”522
8) Mucke-Pla (Ford) 1’57”588
Classification GTE-Am
1) Dalla Lana-Lamy-Lauda (Aston Martin) 2’00”111
2) Griffin-Mok-Sawa (Ferrari) 2’00”285
3) Ried-Cairoli-Dienst (Porsche) 2’00”395
4) Castellacci-Flohr-Molina (Ferrari) 2’01”352
5) Wainwright-Barker-Foster (Porsche) No time