Porsche topped the time charts for the second consecutive session in Bahrain, as Neel Jani went quickest in the final Free Practice prior to qualifying for Saturday’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain.
Jani reeled off a best time of 1:43.571 in the incident-filled 60-minute session, with the No. 14 Porsche 919 Hybrid outpacing the competition by nearly 1.2 seconds.
The No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid was second on the time charts with a 1:44.710, followed by the No. 20 Porsche in third.
While the No. 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro recorded the fourth quickest time, the sister No. 1 car did not set a time, as the team is replacing the tub for the second time this weekend.
It is not expected to make qualifying this evening and will likely start from the rear of the grid.
LMP2 was paced by the No. 37 SMP Racing Oreca 03 Nissan of Nic Minassian, following late-session drama for the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2, which stopped on track in the hands of Julien Canal.
AF Corse (GTE-Pro) and Aston Martin Racing (GTE-Am) paced the production-based ranks, although the No. 71 Ferrari of James Calado was also stranded on track with a wheel problem.
Qualifying is set for 5 p.m. local.
RESULTS: Free Practice 3