Toyota # 8 wins the 8 Hours of Bahrain but does not prevent Toyota # 7 from being world endurance champion

There was no surprise in the last race of the WEC season. The Toyota # 7 has been proclaimed world endurance champion comfortably holding the second position during the 8 Hours of Bahrain. For the world leaders, that was enough to secure the crown for the brand.

Thus, the # 7 Toyota has limited itself to escorting its teammates from the # 8 Toyota, which has taken the last victory of the season. Kazuki Nakajima, who has already announced that he is leaving the WEC, at least says goodbye with a victory alongside Sébastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley, but the title flies to the hands of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and ‘Pechito’ López.

Controversy between Porsche and Ferrari for the GTE-Pro title

Alpine Barein Wec 2021

2021 is the third consecutive world endurance title for Toyota and second for the trio formed by Conway, Kobayashi and López. The 2019 one, which was Toyota’s first, was the # 8 car but with Fernando Alonso taking Hartley’s place as Nakajima and Buemi’s partner.

The hopes of getting The title for the # 8 Toyota rested on the shoulders of the # 36 Alpine, the non-hybrid LMP1 that continues to compete in the WEC and is Toyota’s only plausible rival. But from very early on it was seen that the French did not have much rhythm here, and they finished third, but doubled six times.

Alpine 8 Hours From Bahrain Wec 2021

One more time, the role of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been decisive in the future of the World Championship for the greater number of points that are awarded in it and the reduced number of races. Of course, it is the last world without competition from Toyota, since next season Peugeot will enter with its own hypercar ready to fight.

Where the controversy is served is in the GTE-Pro World Cup. There the Ferrari # 51 has scored the victory and therefore the drivers’ title, in addition to the brand title that has certified the third position of Miguel Molina’s Ferrari # 52. But Porsche has decided to appeal the result and the final decision will be made by the stewards.

Toyota Alpine Barein Wec 2021

The Porsche # 92 was leading the category 20 minutes from time with Michael Christensen at the controls when the Ferrari # 51 hit him from behind causing him to spin and damaging the diffuser and exhausts. Ferrari was initially ordered to return position, but it appears that race direction later rectified.

In LMP2 the title is for WRT # 31 by Robin Frinjs, Ferdinand von Habsburg and Charles Milesi, who also won the 8 Hours of Bahrain. Nicklas Nielsen, François Perrodo and Alessio Rovera’s Ferrari # 83, who won the GTE-Am category, also celebrated the title with victory.

Bahrain 8 Hours race results

Position Team Dorsal Turns Weather Difference Best lap Higher speed
1ST TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGBUEMI S. NAKAJIMA K. HARTLEY B. #8 247 8:01:25.441 1:49.472 178.0
2ND TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGCONWAY M. KOBAYASHI K. LOPEZ J. #7 247 8:01:32.792 7,351 1:49.448 178.0
3rd ALPINE ELF MATMUTNEGRÃO A. LAPIERRE N. VAXIVIERE M. #36 241 8:03:19.446 6 LAPS 1:49.496 177.9
4TH TEAM WRTFRIJNS R. HABSBURG F. MILESI C. #31 240 8:01:55.473 7 LAPS 1:52.657 172.9
5TH JOTAGONZALEZ R. FELIX DA COSTA A. DAVIDSON A. #38 240 8:03:09.793 7 LAPS 1:52.322 173.5
6TH JOTAGELAEL S. VANDOORNE S. BLOMQVIST T. #28 240 8:03:14.451 7 LAPS 1:52.289 173.5
7th UNITED AUTOSPORTS USAHANSON P. SCHERER F. ALBUQUERQUE F. #22 240 8:03:18.861 7 LAPS 1:53.118 172.2
8TH INTER EUROPOL COMPETITIONSMIECHOWSKI J. VAN DER ZANDE R. BRUNDLE A. #34 238 8:02:38.468 9 LAPS 1:52.336 173.4
9th RACING TEAM NETHERLANDS VAN EERD F. VAN DER GARDE G. VAN UITERT J. #29 238 8:02:42.164 9 LAPS 1:52.961 172.5
10TH REALTEAM RACINGGARCIA E. DUVAL L. NATO N. #70 238 8:03:01.308 9 LAPS 1:52.163 173.7
11TH HIGH CLASS RACINGANDERSEN D. FJORDBACH A. KUBICA R. #20 237 8:02:30.265 10 LAPS 1:52.213 173.6
12TH RICHARD MILLE RACING TEAMCALDERON T. FLOERSCH S. VISSER B. #1 237 8:02:46.944 10 LAPS 1:53.470 171.7
13TH DRAGONSPEEDHEDMAN H. MONTOYA J. HANLEY B. #21 236 8:01:33.150 11 LAPS 1:53.302 172.0
14TH ARC BRATISLAVAKONOPKA M. CALDWELL O. PANCIATICI N. #44 235 8:01:50.576 12 LAPS 1:53.986 170.9
15TH AF CORSEPIER GUIDI A. CALADO J. #51 233 8:02:35.811 14 LAPS 1:57.333 166.1
16TH PORSCHE GT TEAMESTRE K. JANI N. CHRISTENSEN M. #92 233 8:02:39.060 14 LAPS 1:57.043 166.5
17TH AF CORSESERRA D. MOLINA M. #52 233 8:02:54.204 14 LAPS 1:57.032 166.5
18TH PORSCHE GT TEAMBRUNI G. LIETZ R. MAKOWIECKI F. #91 231 8:01:28.318 16 LAPS 1:57.469 165.9
19TH BY CORSEPERRODO F. NIELSEN N. ROVERA A. #83 230 8:02:37.234 17 LAPS 1:57.242 166.2
20TH DEMPSEY – PROTON RACINGRIED C. EVANS J. CAMPBELL M. #77 229 8:01:32.447 18 LAPS 1:58.278 164.7
21ST TEAM PROJECT 1PERFETTI E. CAIROLI M. PERA R. #56 229 8:01:32.570 18 LAPS 1:57.436 165.9
22ND CETILAR RACINGLACORTE R. SERNAGIOTTO G. FUOCO A. #47 229 8:02:06.615 18 LAPS 1:58.552 164.3
23rd KESSEL RACINGKIMURA T. JENSEN M. ANDREWS S. #57 228 8:01:38.975 19 LAPS 1:58.026 165.1
24TH IRON LYNXSCHIAVONI C. PICCINI A. CRESSONI M. #60 228 8:03:25.238 19 LAPS 1:58.199 164.8
25TH AF CORSEFLOHR T. CASTELLACCI F. FISICHELLA G. #54 227 8:01:26.403 20 LAPS 1:58.786 164.0
26TH D’STATION RACINGHOSHINO S. FUJII T. WATSON A. #777 227 8:01:54.194 20 LAPS 1:58.915 163.8
27TH IRON LYNXFREY R. BOVY S. LEGGE K. #85 225 8:01:42.827 22 LAPS 1:59.747 162.7
28TH GR RACINGWAINWRIGHT M. BARKER B. GAMBLE T. #86 224 8:01:36.605 23 LAPS 1:57.695 165.5
29TH ASTON MARTIN RACINGDALLA LANA P. FARFUS A. GOMES M. #98 223 8:02:12.670 24 LAPS 1:58.624 164.2
30TH TF SPORTKEATING B. PEREIRA D. FRAGA F. #33 128 6:02:43.988 119 LAPS 1:58.799 164.0
31ST DEMPSEY – PROTON RACINGAL QUBAISI K. JEFFERIES A. ANDLAUER J. #88 90 3:10:36.849 157 LAPS 1:58.941 163.8

WEC general classification

  1. TOYOTA # 7, 173 points
  2. TOYOTA # 8, 168 points
  3. ALPINE # 36, 128 points

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