There was no surprise in the last race of the WEC season. The # 7 Toyota has been proclaimed endurance world 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 Toyota # 7 has limited itself to escorting its teammates from the Toyota # 8, 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
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.
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.
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
- TOYOTA # 7, 173 points
- TOYOTA # 8, 168 points
- ALPINE # 36, 128 points