Bahrain mid-race report: Toyota 1-2; Mighty battle in LMGTE Pro

Below are the main headlines at the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain mid-race point.

•    Toyota take control of LMP1 with No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by Jose-Maria Lopez leading No.8 car of Kazuki Nakajima by 70 seconds
•    Team LNT hol third and fourth but two and three laps down on Toyotas respectively at halfway mark
•    Rebellion Racing forced into recovery drive after third hour issue triggers long pit stop which loses two laps
•    Norman Nato fifth but hunting down No.6 Team LNT Ginetta

•    LMGTE Pro class witnesses fierce battles between all three manufacturers: Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche
•    No.51 AF Corse Ferrari driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi lead most laps but No.97 Aston Martin Racing takes lead after opting for different pit strategy
•    Disaster for Porsche GT Team as both cars suffer issues in fourth hour
•    No.92 Porsche 911 RSR drops out of contention with long pit stop for suspected broken damper
•    No.91 pits shortly after Full Course Yellow period with suspected right front suspension problem

•    United Autosports extend lead in LMP2 as Filipe Albuquerque heads G-Drive Racing AURUS 01
•    JOTA place third as Roberto Gonzalez gets second and final stint at wheel of Goodyear shod ORECA-Gibson

•    Team Project 1 Porsche re-takes lead of LMGTE Am as Larry ten Voorde makes move on Mike Wainwright driven Gulf Racing Porsche and stretches out 35-second lead
•    No.98 Aston Martin Racing sits third as Ross Gunn gets second stint at wheel of Vantage
•    No.88 Dempsey Proton Porsche crashes out at Turn 14 as Khaled Al Qubaisi brings out first Full Course Yellow just before four hour mark

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