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WEC Bahrain 6-Hour: Toyota No. 7 car closes on World Championship Drivers’ title after dominant victory in Bahrain

Sakhir, Bahrain, Oct 30/21 (WEC): The No.7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar driven by Jose-Maria Lopez, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway won today’s Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain, the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. It is the No. 7 car’s third consecutive victory.

Kobayashi took the Toyota Gazoo Racing Hypercar to the checkword flag 51s ahead of the sister No. 8 car driven by Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley. In doing so, the No. 7 crew has successfully extended its World Championship lead over the No. 8 car by 15 points, making the trio firm favourites going into next week’s season-finale.

The runner-up crew struggled with tire wear in the sweltering conditions at the Bahrain International Circuit as temperatures seared to close to 35°C this afternoon. During the second half of the race, the team also lost time due to a slow pit stop and felt the impact of a full course yellow – putting an end to their chances of catching their team-mates.

Toyota’s 1-2 finish today sees the Japanese manufacturer secure the first-ever Hypercar World Endurance Championship title and marks Toyota’s 34th WEC victory.

Alpine Elf Matmut claimed the third podium spot in the Hypercar category with the team finishing one lap down on the Toyotas after losing time in the opening stint following contact with the No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche.

The Alpine A480 Gibson, which was shared by Andre Negrao, Nicolas Lapierre and Matthieu Vaxiviere, also suffered from a throttle pedal issue which hampered the trio’s times out on track.

Now the teams have a very short break before they return to the Bahrain International Circuit for the final round of the year – the season-closing Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain – which takes place next weekend (5-6 November).
Porsche win in Bahrain as nail-biting finale guaranteed for LMGTE Pro title fight

Sakhir, Bahrain, Oct 30/21 (WEC): Kevin Estre and Neel Jani took a third LMGTE Pro win of the season after a faultless display in searingly hot conditions at today’s Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain.

The No. 92 Porsche GT Team crew dominated proceedings taking a rare WEC lights-to-flag victory virtually unopposed after converting Estre’s fourth pole position of the season.

The win means that Estre and Jani are now just a point behind James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the LMGTE Pro title fight with one round to go. Equally Ferrari has the same margin over Porsche in the GT Manufacturers' FIA World Endurance Championship.

Porsche enjoyed its pace advantage throughout the race with the No.91 Porsche driven by Richard Lietz and Gimmi Bruni riding shot gun in second place for most of the race, largely as protection for their sister car and the drivers' 2021 title quest.

The Porsche 911 RSR-19 cars managed its tires expertly to lead all the way and set up an intriguing title finale showdown on the same track, over eight hours, next Saturday afternoon and evening.

Calado and Pier Guidi took third position but also kept their slender lead in title fight which will go down to the wire but is expected to see the Ferrari 488 GTE Evos quicker in the cooler conditions in the final race

Miguel Molina and Daniel Serra claimed fourth place in the No. 52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.

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