Bahrain 2 hour report: Kobayashi leads for Toyota
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Bahrain 2 hour report: Kobayashi leads for Toyota

Bahrain International Circuit’s Chairman (Board of Directors) Arif Rahimi waved the green flag to signal the start of today’s Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain. Below are the main headlines following the first two hours of racing.

•    Race starts in dramatic circumstances as pole sitting Rebellion of Bruno Senna is spun by Ginetta of Charlie Robertson
•    Incident hands lead to Mike Conway while Senna recovers and blasts through the field
•    No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID continues to lead after two hour mark arrives
•    Kamui Kobayashi takes over from Mike Conway and enjoys a 41-second lead over No.1 Rebellion R13-Gibson
•    Gustavo Menezes takes over the Rebellion from Bruno Senna and sets about trying to reduce gap to Kobayashi with fresh tyres
•    Second of the Toyotas driven now by Brendon Hartley sits third but 30 seconds away from second position
•    Sebastien Buemi was caught up in opening corner incident and suffered front bodywork damage. Front section replaced at first pit stop.
•    Team LNT place fourth and fifth as No.6 Ginetta driven by Chris Dyson heads No.5 car with Jordan King aboard AER powered LMP1 car
•    King sets fastest lap of race so far just before third hour arrives

•    LMGTE Pro also sees early action as pole sitter Gimmi Bruni is hit at first corner by Alessandro Pier Guidi’s AF Corse Ferrari
•    Pier Guidi takes lead as a result and leads first hour from second Porsche 911 RSR driven by Kevin Estre
•    No.51 AF Corse Ferrari, now driven by James Calado, holds slender advantage over No.92 Porsche 911 RSR of Michael Christensen
•    Gimmi Bruni places third as he completes a double stint in No.91 911 RSR
•    Out of sequence No.95 Aston Martin Racing entry lead most of second hour but pits and drops to fifth as it runs different strategy to opposition

•    United Autosports lead of LMP2 after Paul Di Resta builds 35-second lead before handing over to Phil Hanson 
•    G-Drive Racing surged back to second place after losing time with worn tyres at start of second stint and are therefore out of sequence on pit stops
•    At 2 hour mark the High Class Racing take second place with Anders Fjordbach at the wheel
•    JOTA place third as Roberto Gonzalez takes over cockpit from Anthony Davidson

•    Ben Keating completes a stellar triple stint in No.57 Team Project 1 Porsche and leads majority of first two hours
•    Ross Gunn in No.98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage catches and passes Keating just before second scheduled stop to claim lead
•    Third in class sits category leading Aston Martin of TF Sport driven by Charlie Eastwood
•    No.56 Project 1 Porsche makes lengthy pit stop after suffering cracked exhaust

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