6h Bahrain: Porsche take their final FIA WEC Pole


As the sun set across the Bahrain International Circuit, the last qualifying session of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship took place.


In another last, Porsche took the 919 Hybrid’s 20th pole position, in an average time of 1:39.383 set by Neel Jani and Nick Tandy. Toyota’s trio of Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez were knocked off the top spot into second, with the #2 Porsche and #8 Toyota taking 3rd and 4th respectively and completing the LPM1 grid.


The #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut of Lapierre, Menezes and Negrao claimed LPM2 pole with a combined 1:47.227, with the #38 Tung, Jarvis and Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing claiming second and the #31 Vaillante Rebellion of Canal, Prost and Senna rounding out the LMP2s.


LMGTE Pro pole, with a time of 1:56.033 went to the AF Corse of Rigon/Bird, with the Turner/Adam Aston Martin taking 2nd place and the British pairing of Priaulx/Tincknell in the Ford GT taking 3rd.


And rounding off the grid for not only the last time this season, but also the last outing before retiring (the car that is), was the Aston Martin Racing Vantage #98 of Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda with a 2:00.111, with Championship chasers Clearwater Racing in 2nd place with Mok, Sawa and Griffin and the Dempsey Proton of Ried, Cairoli and Dienst in 3rd.

The BAPCO 6 Hours of Bahrain is on Saturday 18th November at 1600 hours local time.