WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Bahrain GP on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11am ET

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With the first free practice session in the books, darkness has now descended on the Bahrain International Circuit and the floodlights are on as the teams and drivers prepare for FP2 on Friday evening.

The Bahrain Grand Prix became a night race in 2014, and running under the lights significantly improved the spectacle and made the event all the more intriguing.

FP1 was something of a mixed-up session, with most choosing to post a fast time late on or – in Mercedes’ case – not record one at all. Kimi Raikkonen set the pace for Ferrari at the top of the timesheets, finishing ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.

Attention now turns to the second free practice in Bahrain, which should give us some more clues about the pecking order ahead of this weekend’s race.

You can watch FP2 for the Bahrain Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be keen to get back to the front of the field in this session after opting not to post a fast lap at the end of FP1. It was the first time this year that neither Mercedes driver had topped a weekend session.

Naturally, Raikkonen and Vettel will be hoping that they can fend off the threat of the Silver Arrows in FP2. Ferrari does appear to be ready to pounce should Mercedes drop the ball in Bahrain, and a solid display of its long run pace in this session would go a long way to proving its potential.

The rest of the field will undoubtedly be showing its hand in this session as well, so make sure you join us for all of the action live from the Bahrain International Circuit.

You can watch FP2 for the Bahrain Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


QUALIFYING

Results

Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

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PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III