The two Toyotas were separated by one tenth in final practice for the last round of the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship in Bahrain on Saturday.
Brendon Hartley topped the times aboard the #8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID in the opening minutes of the 60-minute session with a 1m43.557s.
The #7 entry with Mike Conway at the wheel was held in the pits for five minutes for a yellow-flag infringement in FP2 and then posted 1m43.659s, just 0.102s slower than the sister car.
It was the second time in the three sessions of practice that the #8 Toyota had set the pace, despite carrying a 0.54s performance penalty under the LMP1 success handicap system.
Kazuki Nakajima had a brief spin in the #8 Toyota during the session.
Jackie Chan DC Racing led the way in LMP2 courtesy of a 1m48.598s from Will Stevens in the team’s ORECA-Gibson 07.
That put the Jota-run entry a couple of tenths up on the United Autosports ORECA in which Phil Hanson got down to a 1m48.810s.
The Signatech Alpine ORECA took third in the class times with Thomas Laurent, who posted a 1m49.134s.
Antonio Felix da Costa ended up fourth in the ORECA run under the Jota Sport banner with a 1m49.767s.
Porsche led the way in GTE Pro for the first time of the Bahrain meeting.
Michael Christensen ended up fastest in the best of the factory Porsche 911 RSRs with a 1m56.790s lap set early in the session.
That put the Dane nearly a second up on the second-placed Aston Martin Vantage GTE in which Nicki Thiim managed 1m57.709s.
James Calado was third fastest for Ferrari to make it three manufacturers in the top three. The Brit set a 1m57.964s in the best of the AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTE Evos.
A 1m58.321s put Maxime Martin fourth in the second Aston.
The GTE Am division was led by the Aston Martin Racing entry in which Ross Gunn posted a 1m57.947s, with Nicklas Nielsen second in class in the #83 AF-run Ferrari.
Qualifying for the eighth round of the 2019/20 WEC campaign begins at 6:00pm local time.
WEC Bahrain – FP3 results
|1||LMP1||S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Toyota||1m43.557s|
|2||LMP1||M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Toyota||0.102s|
|3||LMP2||H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens||Jackie Chan DC Racing||ORECA/Gibson||5.041s|
|4||LMP2||P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta||United Autosports||ORECA/Gibson||5.253s|
|5||LMP2||T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.Ragues||Signatech Alpine Elf||Alpine/Gibson||5.577s|
|6||LMP2||R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.Davidson||JOTA||ORECA/Gibson||6.210s|
|7||LMP2||R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto||Cetilar Racing||ORECA/Gibson||7.651s|
|8||LMP2||F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries||Racing Team Nederland||ORECA/Gibson||7.779s|
|9||GTE Pro||M.Christensen, K.Estre||Porsche GT Team||Porsche||13.233s|
|10||GTE Pro||M.Sorensen, N.Thiim||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||14.152s|
|11||GTE Am||P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, R.Gunn||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||14.390s|
|12||GTE Pro||J.Calado, D.Serra||AF Corse||Dallara/Gibson||14.407s|
|13||GTE Pro||R.Westbrook, M.Martin||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||14.764s|
|14||GTE Am||F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen||AF Corse||Ferrari||14.953s|
|15||GTE Pro||D.Rigon, M.Molina||AF Corse||Ferrari||14.957s|
|16||GTE Pro||G.Bruni, R.Lietz||Porsche GT Team||Porsche||14.995s|
|17||GTE Am||C.Ried, R.Pera, D.Olsen||Dempsey-Proton Racing||Porsche||15.455s|
|18||GTE Am||M.Wainwright, A.Picariello, B.Barker||Gulf Racing||Porsche||15.470s|
|19||GTE Am||E.Perfetti, L.ten Voorde, J.Bergmeister||Team Project 1||Porsche||15.497s|
|20||GTE Am||B.Keating, D.Pereira, J.Bleekemolen||Team Project 1||Porsche||15.651s|
|21||GTE Am||S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam||TF Sport||Aston Martin||16.251s|
|22||GTE Am||K.Al Qubaisi, J.Evans, M.Holzer||Dempsey-Proton Racing||Porsche||16.377s|
|23||GTE Am||B.Grimes, K.Cozzolino, C.Noble||Red River Sport||Ferrari||16.490s|
|24||GTE Am||T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella||AF Corse||Ferrari||16.638s|
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