Rebellion and Porsche on pole in Bahrain

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Rebellion had the edge over Ginette and Toyota in qualifying for the 8 Hours of Bahrain to take pole position. In GTE Pro, Porsche was the fastest of the six cars.

Rebellion Racing in qualifying for the 8 Hours of Bahrain 2019

Rebellion Racing were the team to beat in LMP1 as the grid was set for the inaugural 8 Hours of Bahrain. The Swiss squad were already in top form during free practice, and converted their advantage into their second pole position of the season with a fastest average lap time of 1:42.979.

The #5 Team LNT Ginette was just two tenths of a second slower than the Rebellion on average lap time, but secured a solid front-row spot for the second race in succession. The pair of works Toyotas were close behind on row two in third and fourth.

It was a similarly tight affair in LMP2, where United Autosports wrapped up the pole position with a fastest average of 1:45.357 but just 0.292 seconds ahead of the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing machine. Third-fastest were the guest-starters G-Drive Racing.

Porsche 911 RSR in qualifying for the 8 Hours of Bahrain

Porsche on top in both GTE classes

Porsche had plenty to celebrate in GTE: In GTE Pro, the #91 and #92 911 RSRs locked out the front row by an impressive 0.6 seconds ahead of the #51 and #71 Ferraris. Aston Martin was a little lacking in terms of one-lap pace, only managing to qualify in fifth and sixth.

GTE Am was another story of Porsche domination, with the #57 Project 1 machine securing pole and the #88 Dempsey-Proton car taking the second grid spot. Third were to the #83 AF Corse crew. Championship leaders TF Sport start Saturday’s race from seventh on the grid.

Full qualifying results are available here: LMP / GTE