Ferrari dominated GTE qualifying in Bahrain


Ferrari dominated the LM GTE qualifying session at Sakhir International Circuit, which play host to the final round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander took the pole position in the upper GTE-Pro class. The drivers of the AF Corse #51 Ferrari 458 GTE set a best average time of 1:58.347.

Their team-mates James Calado and Davido Rigon will start from the front row. The two Ferrari youngsters were just 0.033s behind Bruni and Vilander time.

Two factory Aston Martin Racing cars will start from the second row of the grid. The Danish enterd #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was third with drivers Nicki Thiim, Christoffer Nygaard and Marco Sorensen. The sister #99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE of Richie Stanaway, Alex MacDowall and Fernando Rees was fourth.

Best of the works Porsches was fifth fastet with the #92 Porsche 911 RSR of Fred Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet.

In the GTE-Am class, pole position went to the Aston Martin Racing #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Paul Dalla Lana,  Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda.

The Larbre Competition #50 Corvette C7.R was second. The top-three in GTE-Am was completed by the SMP Racing #72 Ferrari 458 GTE, the car which leads the class championship points table.

UPDATE: The AF Corse #71 Ferrari 458 GTE driven by James Calado and Davide Rigon will have to start from the back of the pach for abusing the track limits.

That promotes the Aston Martin Racing #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE to second place in GTE-Pro. The car is shared by Nicki Thiim, Christoffer Nygaard and Marco Sorensen.