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Toyota Tops Practice 1 in Bahrain

Alex Wurz puts No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid on top of time sheets in Bahrain..

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Toyota topped the time sheets in opening practice as FIA WEC teams prepare for Saturday’s season-ending Six Hours of Bahrain.

The No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid of Alex Wurz reeled off a best time of 1:43.192 in the 90-minute session, outpacing the LMP1 competition by nearly 1.5 seconds.

Audis ended up second and third quickest in the session, with the No. 1 entry of Benoit Treluyer setting a 1:44.617, ahead of the No. 2 entry of newly crowned champions Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval.

LMP2 was paced by the No. 24 OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan of Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier Hansson with a best time of 1:52.389.

Aston Martin Racing led the way in both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am, thanks to quick times by Darren Turner (No. 97) and Nicki Thiim (No. 95).

A second and final practice session is on tap for 7:30 p.m. local.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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