The Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain hosted a very hot opening FIA WEC practice session. Ferrari topped the 90-minute session in the LM GTE division..
Ferrari factory drivers Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander were the fastest with a best time of 2:00.135. They shared the #51 Ferrari 458 GTE from AF Corse.
Second place went to their team-mates James Calado and Davide Rigon with the sister #71 Ferrari 458 GTE.
Porsche Team Manthey was third fastest with the #92 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki.
Fourth fastest in LM GTE and best car in GTE-Am was the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE shared by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda. Another Aston Martin Vantage GTE completed the top-five, the #97 car of Darren Turner and Jonathan Adam.
The Larbre Competition #50 Corvette C7.R was second in GTE-Am and sixth overall. Third place in GTE-Am went to the #72 Ferrari 458 GTE from SMP Racing.
The second practice session will follow next.