The season’s last qualifying session took place after nightfall at Sakhir but started 20 minutes late due to a floodlighting problem.
The prototypes began their run at 5:50pm local time and the two Porsche 919 Hybrids were first out, with Brendon Hartley (N°17 Porsche, 1m39.802s) and Romain Dumas (N°18 Porsche, 1m40.362s) immediately on the pace, chased by Marcel Fässler (N°7 Audi, 1m40.648s).
The second drivers didn’t alter the order but Timo Bernhard (N°17 Porsche) posted the evening’s fastest lap (1m39.670s) to guarantee Porsche Team’s eighth pole win from eight. Marc Lieb (N°18) also improved (1m39.838s) to make it an all-Porsche front row, also for the eighth time this season.
The N°7 and N°8 Audis will start from the second row, ahead of the N°1 and N°2 Toyota TS040 Hybrids and Rebellion Racing’s N°13 and N°12 R-Ones.
In LM P2, Paul-Loup Chatin finished off Tom Dillmann’s good work to put the N°36 Alpine A450b on top, despite Nick Tandy’s efforts in the N°47 Oreca05-Nissan to better the benchmark of 1m49.993s.
The class’s second row will be an all-G-Drive Racing affair with its N°26 and N°28 cars. Pipo Derani had appeared briefly in front in the latter with a 1m49.718s.
The fastest LM GTE laps were posted by Marco Sorensen (N°95 Aston Martin, 1m57.984s) and Pedro Lamy (N°98 Aston Martin, 1m59.428s) in Pro and Am respectively.
Even so, a lap of 1m58.508s by Gimmi Bruni put the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin on top in Pro, while James Calado’s second effort (1m58.740s) saw the similar N°71 car earn a front-row start. The N°95 and N°99 Aston Martin ended up third and fourth, ahead of the N°92 Porsche.
In LM GTE Am, Paul Dalla Lana rounded off Lamy’s performance to earn pole position in the N°98 Aston Martin, ahead of Larbre Compétition’s Corvette C7.R which was aided by Paolo Ruberti’s 2m0.s219s.
Thanks to Andrea Bertolini (2m0.575s), the N°72 Ferrari (SMP Racing) will start from Row 2, alongside the N°83 Ferrari. Patrick Long (N°77 Porsche) went straight on on his first flying lap but followed up with a 2m0.776s. The N°88 Porsche sat out the session due to an engine problem.