Endurance – WEC – 8 Hours of Bahrain: Buemi, Nakajima and Hartley end with a victory, the title for the Conway-Kobayashi-Lopez trio

Posted on November 6, 2021 at 9:24 p.m.


While the n ° 8 Toyota entrusted to Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley won the 8 Hours of Bahrain, the last round of the WEC 2021, the trio of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria Lopez ensure the title of champion of the world.

Kazuki Nakajima bows out on a victory. A week after the No. 8 Toyota won the Bahrain 6 Hours, the endurance world championship paddock remained in Sakhir to conclude the season with an eight-hour race mostly contested at night. While the two GR010 Hybrids entered by Toyota monopolized the first row, the Alpine entrusted to Nicolas Lapierre made a perfect start to take the lead before the conclusion of the first lap. However, due to a problem with the gearbox, the A480 pilots saw the two Japanese prototypes regain the advantage. before having to make a long passage in the garage which put an end to the hopes of performing well and forced them to climb back up with difficulty in the LMP2 peloton. At the forefront, Toyota n ° 8 ended up having the last word and allows Kazuki Nakajima to win his last race with Sébastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley. Second behind the wheel of the n ° 7 Toyota, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria Lopez ensured to win the 2021 World Championship title.

WRT crowned in LMP2, things heated up between Ferrari and Porsche

A week after their success in the six hour race, The # 31 WRT crew of Robin Frijns, Ferdinand Habsburg and Charles Milesi repeated this performance to secure the title with victory in this final round. In the LMGTE Pro category, the duel between Porsche and Ferrari was more intense than ever from the first to the last hour of the race. A final that even ended in the controversy when the Ferrari n ° 51 entrusted to Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado caused the spin of his rivals Kevin Estre, Neel Jani and Michael Christensen, at the wheel of the Porsche n ° 91. After this collision, the race direction demanded from the Ferrari that it surrender the position but this was not done before the checkered flag, which imposes the conditional on this result which, as it stands, offers the title to the duo of the Italian brand, whose cars are entered by AF Corse. An Italian team that also wins in the LMGTE Am category with the trio of François Perrodo, Nicklas Nielsen and Alessio Rovera, who at the same time wins the title.

Final classification – Saturday 6 November 2021
1- Toyota Gazoo Racing n ° 8 (Buemi-Nakajima-Hartley / SUI-JAP-NZL / Toyota GR010 Hybrid) 247 laps
2- Toyota Gazoo Racing n ° 7 (Conway-Kobayashi-Lopez / GBR-JAP-ARG / Toyota GR010 Hybrid) at 7 »351
3- Alpine Elf Matmut n ° 36 (Negrão-Lapierre-Vaxivière / BRE-FRA-FRA / Alpine A480-Gibson) at 7 laps
4- Team WRT n ° 31 (Frijns-Habsburg-Milesi / PBS-AUT-FRA / Oreca 07-Gibson) at 7 laps (1st LMP2)
5- JOTA n ° 38 (Gonzalez-da Costa-Davidson / MEX-POR-GBR / Oreca 07-Gibson) at 7 laps)

15- AF Corse n ° 51 (Pier Guidi-Calado / ITA-GBR / Ferrari 488 GTE Evo) at 14 laps (1st LMGTE Pro)

19- AF Corse n ° 83 (Perrodo-Nielsen-Rovera / FRA-DAN-ITA / Ferrari 488 GTE Evo) at 17 laps (1st LMGTE Am)

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