#93 Peugeot 9x8 at free practice for the 2022 8 Hours of Bahrain

The 2022 8 Hours of Bahrain got underway on Friday with two 90-minute free practice sessions. Just 0.16 seconds separated the top four runners in FP2, pointing to a finely balanced Hypercar field.

Peugeot TotalEnergies was the name at the top of the timing sheets in both sessions. On both occasions it was the #93 9×8 that went quickest, with Jean-Eric Vergne taking the honours in FP1 and Paul di Resta fastest in FP2.

Di Resta’s FP2 time of 1:49.613 was just 0.045 seconds quicker than the fastest Toyota, the #8 machine piloted by Kiwi Brendon Hartley. Alpine made it three different manufacturers in the top three in FP2: Matthieu Vaxiviere was quickest for the French outfit with a fastest time of 1:49 .690.

#92 Porsche 911 RSR at free practice for the 2022 8 Hours of Bahrain
First blood to Porsche in GTE Pro

Porsche got off to a solid start in the final GTE outing for the Porsche 911 RSR as a full-works entry. Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre were a class above in both FP1 and FP2, comfortably going fastest in both sessions.

Championship rivals Ferrari – who go into the final round level on points in the manufacturers’ championship – finished both sessions in second and third position but will have some work to do to catch the #92 Porsche.

Advantage AF Corse in LMP2

Alessio Rovera emerged from his recent outing in the new Ferrari 499P in fine form, sending the #83 AF Corse LMP2 machine to the top of the timing sheets in FP2. Teammate Niklas Nielsen had already set the benchmark earlier on in the day, with the session-fastest time in FP1 for the LMP2 Pro/Am squad.

Porsche on top in GTE Am

Porsche were also on form in GTE Am, with Project 1 going fastest in both FP1 (#46) and FP2 (#56). Ben Barnicoat’s 1:59.636 set in FP1 for the #46 entry was the fastest time of the day.

Ben Keating’s TF Sport outfit – hot favourites for the title with only a third-place finish required – were bottom of the timing sheets in FP1 and comfortably in the midfield in FP2.

The full results and times from free practice can be found here.


David

David heads up our English-language editorial content and is also in charge of maintaining the statistics side of WEC-Magazin.