Rebellion beats Ginetta to WEC Bahrain pole

Noman Nato quickest
Noman Nato quickest

Rebellion Racing has claimed pole position for the 2019 FIA WEC 8 Hours of Bahrain, its second pole in a row this season after a strong performance from Bruno Senna and Norman Nato. The duo set a 1:42.979 combined time, to go over a tenth clear at the top.

“It was the strategy," Nato said after the session, revealing that Rebellion used only one set of tires in the session, “we knew it would be risky. We know the key point is the race and tire degradation, so we only used one set. It wasn’t easy, but I pushed. Really happy, two in a row it’s great. We have to finish the job tomorrow."

Ben Hanley and Charlie Robertson put Team LNT on the front row, the Briton steering the #5 to second with a 1:43.123 average. Team LNT will be pleased with the performance from the duo but will feel this is a missed opportunity as the G60-LT-P1s are in a favorable position with the Success Handicap here after wins from Toyota and Rebellion this season.

Toyota’s fastest TS050 HYBRID will start the race third, the #8 beating the #7 to a top-three spot. The #8’s average was a 1:43.497, half a second off pole. The #6 Team LNT Ginetta could only manage fifth.

Below are the main headlines from FIA WEC Qualifying at the Bahrain International Circuit this afternoon.

#1 Rebellion on pole
#1 Rebellion on pole

LMP1
• Rebellion Racing take second consecutive overall pole position to take top spot in LMP1 Qualifying
• Bruno Senna and Norman Nato take the best average of 1m42.979s
• Senna sets overall fastest time of 1m42.396 in opening stages
• No.5 Team LNT Ginetta-AER places second as Charlie Robertson and Ben Hanley set an average just 0.144s off the pole
• Toyota Gazoo Racing will start third and fourth as No.8 TS050 HYBRID just heads sister No.7 car
• No.6 Team Ginetta places fifth as Mike Simpson and Guy Smith qualify AER engine LMP1 car

LMGTE Pro
• LMGTE Pro sees pole position go to No.91 Porsche 911 RSR as Richard Lietz and Gimmi Bruni claim their second pole of the season
• Austrian/Italian duo average 1m55.485s; Lietz sets fastest overall lap time of 1m55.342s
• Porsche 1-2 as No.92 car of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre take second position just 0.060s off their stablemates
• AF Corse place third and fourth as No.51 heads No.71 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo

#22 United Autosports polesitters
#22 United Autosports polesitters

LMP2

• United Autosports claim their first ever LMP2 WEC pole position
• Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson average 1m45.357s with Di Resta claiming overall quickest LMP2 lap of 1m44.869s
• Jackie Chan DC Racing duo of Will Stevens and Gabriel Aubry qualify just 0.3s off class pole sitters
• G-Drive Racing will start their first WEC race of the season from third position

LMGTE Am
• No.57 Team Project 1 Porsche takes its first pole of the season with Larry Ten Voorde and Ben Keating combining to set an average lap of 1m57.602s
• Ten Voorde claims fastest overall lap with a 1m57.089s effort
• No.54 AF Corse Ferrari second as Giancarlo Fisichella and Thomas Flohr combine
• No.88 Dempsey Proton Porsche place third as Khaled Al Qubaisi and Thomas Preining qualify

Qualifying Results

POS CLASS DRIVER TEAM CAR GAP
1 LMP1 B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.Nato Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1m42.979s
2 LMP1 C.Robertson, B.Hanley, J.King Team LNT Ginetta/AER 0.144s
3 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.518s
4 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.863s
5 LMP1 M.Simpson, C.Dyson, G.Smith Team LNT Ginetta/AER 0.908s
6 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 2.378s
7 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 2.670s
8 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.van Uitert, J-E.Vergne G-Drive Racing Aurus/Gibson 2.974s
9 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.Davidson JOTA ORECA/Gibson 3.436s
10 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 4.286s
11 LMP2 M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 4.344s
12 LMP2 T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 4.746s
13 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 5.920s
14 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 6.495s
15 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz Porsche GT Team Porsche 12.506s
16 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre Porsche GT Team Porsche 12.566s
17 GTE Pro J.Calado, A.P.Guidi AF Corse Ferrari 13.108s
18 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina AF Corse Ferrari 13.339s
19 GTE Pro M.Sorensen, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 13.410s
20 GTE Am B.Keating, L.ten Voorde, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 14.623s
21 GTE Am A.De Leener, K.Al Qubaisi, T.Preining Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 14.682s
22 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 14.711s
23 GTE Am E.Perfetti, D.H.Hansson, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 14.884s
24 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 14.998s
25 GTE Am P.D.Lana, D.Turner, R.Gunn Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 15.023s
26 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 15.068s
27 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 15.238s
28 GTE Am M.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 15.656s
29 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 16.980s
30 GTE Pro A.Lynn, M.Martin Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 13.274s
31 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 13.924s

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