In the penultimate round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship, the two Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercars scored a double that earned the title for the manufacturers. In the Lmgte Pro class, between Porsche and Ferrari it is a close challenge
A double from the Toyota GR010 Hybrid decrees the mathematical victory of the constructors’ world title in the premier Hypercar class. The 6 Hours of Bahrain, the penultimate round of the WEC Endurance World Championship, earned the Japanese manufacturer the first place in the world championship standings at the end of a dominated race, while the drivers’ title remains to be attributed: appointment on Saturday 6 November, again on the Sakhir track, when the 8 Hours of Bahrain will take place. Among the cars derived from the series, on the other hand, the two Porsche 911s stand out in the main Lmgte Pro class; third was the Ferrari 488 Gte Evo of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado.
WEC 2021: TOYOTA MANUFACTURER CHAMPION
At the end of 185 laps, the 6 Hours of Bahrain saw the triumph of the Toyota GR010 Hybrid number 7 driven by Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez, with a best lap time of 1’49 ” 051, which led by 51 ” 401 another Hypercar signed by Gazoo Racing and driven by Buemi-Nakajima-Hartley. The double win at the Sakhir circuit earned the Japanese manufacturer the world title among constructors, the fourth overall (and third in a row) for the team that brings the Toyota prototypes to the track. Third at the finish was the Alpine Elf of Negrao-Lapierre-Vaxiviere, one lap behind the leaders. While in the Lmp2 cadet class the success of the Oreca 07 Gibson prototype of Frijns-Habsburg-Milesi (the second after Le Mans) gives Team Wrt the leadership, both among the drivers and among the teams. Saturday 6 November the Sakhir circuit will once again be in the spotlight of the WEC with the 8-hour long Endurance race, valid as the last round of the season: the points at stake will therefore be decisive for both the drivers’ title in the Hypercars and for those related to the cadet class. “I am delighted with the victory that ensured the team’s title – commented Mike Conway, winner in Bahrain -. A positive day for all of us, even thinking about the drivers’ title, but for this reason the challenge is still to be played, so it will take hard work to get the better of the teammates driving the Toyota GR010 Hybrid number 8 “.
WEC 2021: FERRARI-PORSCHE CHALLENGE
With an absolute thirteenth position at the end of the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the Porsche 911 number 92 of Estre and Jani climbs to the top step of the podium in the Lmgte Pro class, 690 thousandths behind the other German car, the 911 entrusted to Bruni and Lietz . A double win that brings the German cars and the reds of Maranello closer together in the world championship challenge, after the third place obtained by Pier Guidi-Calado’s Ferrari 488 Gte Evo number 51 (+ 35 ” 134), preceding the other Ferrari, the 52 di Serra and Molina (+ 2 ” 125), both brought to the track by the AF Corse team. A race in which the Maranello reds suffered from the power reduction linked to the ‘Balance of Performance’ attributed for the Middle Eastern trip, failing to fight for the class victory with their German rivals. “As raised on the eve, the ‘BoP’ proved to be particularly penalizing for our cars, as confirmed by the pace held in the race and the result of this 6 Hours – the words of Antonello Coletta, Head of GT Sports Activities at Ferrari -. We regret not being able to defend the leadership acquired in previous occasions, the result of always beautiful and exciting races. We hope that correct ‘BoP’ criteria will be re-established in the last race to try to fight on equal terms for the conquest of the world titles ”. In the Lmgte Am class (first the Aston Martin Vantage number 33 of Keating-Pereira-Fraga) for the first time no Ferrari crew gets on the podium; in the drivers’ standings they continue to defend the Perrodo-Nielsen-Rovera leadership in the AF Corse Ferrari 488 Gte Evo.
WEC 2021: THE RANKINGS, HYPERCAR AND GT PRO
The rankings of the 2021 WEC endurance world championship after the 6 Hours of Bahrain:
Toyota Gazoo Racing 167 punti
Alpine Elf (105)
Glickenhaus Racing (37).
Drivers ranking among the Hypercars:
1. Lopez-Kobayashi-Conway (Toyota) 145.
2. Hartley-Nakajima-Buemi (Toyota) 130.
Lmgte Pro class drivers ranking:
1. Pier Guidi-Calado (Ferrari) 139
2. Estre-Jani (Porsche) 138.
3. Bruni-Lietz (Porsche) 93
4. Serra- Molina (Ferrari) 69.
Lmgte Pro Manufacturers Ranking:
1. Porsche 231
2. Ferrari 230.
October 30, 2021 (change October 30, 2021 | 20:54)
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Wec, 6 Hours Bahrain: Toyota wins the constructors’ championship