WEC: Toyota Gazoo Racing claim superb one-two in FIA WEC Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain

WEC: Toyota Gazoo Racing claim superb one-two in FIA WEC Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain

BIC, Sakhir – Toyota Gazoo Racing completed it triumphant return to Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) late Saturday night with a spectacular one-two finish in the inaugural FIA WEC Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain.

The no. 7 TS050 Hybrid driven by Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi led teammates Kazuki Nakijima, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley in the no. 8 Hybrid to the chequered flag.

The result earned Toyota their fourth WEC victory at BIC, adding to their previous wins in 2013, 2014 and 2017. It was also the third win of the WEC season for Toyota Gazoo Racing and second for the no. 7 trio.

Pole-sitters Rebellion Racing completed the podium placers in third after doing well to recover from a troubled start.

Following the race, Bapco GM Special Projects Khalid Al Sabbagh presented the overall top three their trophies during the podium ceremony. Also awarding the race’s other class winners were BIC Chairman of the Board Arif Rahimi, BIC Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, and Bahrain Motor Federation Board Member Abdulrahman Ghuloom.

The victorious Toyota car posted a total number of 257 laps in the gruelling eight-hour event, which began in daylight but finished under BIC’s bright floodlights. They were just a single lap ahead of their sister squad.

Rebellion, featuring Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato in the no. 1 Gibson-powered Rebellion R13, finished three laps behind.

Meanwhile, winning the LMP2 class were United Autosports’ Philip Hanson, Felipe Albuquerque and Paul Di Resta. They drove their no. 22 Gibson-powered Oreca 07 to a total of 249 laps. JOTA’s no. 38 Oreca 07 of Roberto Gonzalez, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Anthony Davidson followed as second in their class, while Jackie Chan DC Racing were third in their no. 37 Oreca 07 driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Gabriel Aubry and Will Stevens.

In the LMGTE Pro category, the win was claimed by the Aston Martin Racing duo of Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim, who were behind the wheel of their Vantage AMR. They were just 13.798s ahead of chief rivals Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina of AF Corse, who were driving a Ferrari 488 GTE EVO. Aston Martin’s, sister squad in the no. 97 Vantage AMR featuring Alexander Lynn and Maxime Martin took third.

In the LMGTE Am class, Team Project 1’s Ben Keating, Larry Ten Voorde and Jeroen Bleekemolen steered their no. 57 Porsche 911 RSR to first place with 233 laps. The no. 98 Aston Martin Vintage AMR of Paul Dalla Lana, Darren Turner and Ross Gunn followed in second place and Gulf Racing’s no. 86 Porsche 911 RSR were third with Michael Wainwright, Andrew Watson and Benjamin Barker sharing the duties.

Earlier in the day Saturday, fans were treated to a Pit Walk and Autograph Session as they got to see up close the work that goes on behind the scenes in the team garages and also meet the star drivers of the WEC.

They also enjoyed plenty of off-track entertainment, including a magnificent fireworks display and concert by Arab music superstar Mohammed Al Salem, as part of National day celebration.

The FIA WEC Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain was held as part of the BIC National Day Festival, which continues Sunday and Monday at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”.

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1 hr ago

F1

How cool is this?! 😮😍
Drone footage of the new MCL35 - McLaren 👏👏👏
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Just highlights how gash that new final complex is at Barcelona They should go back to the original last 2 corners for better opportunities to overtake after the final turn

A Drone faster than a MCL 🤔 2020 won't be a good year for McLaren..

Been thinking about why not f1 and others have integrated this yet? Helicopter shots are great but this is another necessary dimension.

SUCH a cool shot! I want more of this!!! That poor McLaren was really waiting on the drone though! 😂

I would love to build a copter that can easily keep up with F1 and shoot proper vid. If someone covers the costs that is 😉

Williams will be green with envy looking at the drone 😁

Drone shots would be good, but what happens when the signal fails and the drone drops on the track. Or theres a mechanical fault and the drone drops on track. Or the battery runs out and the drone drops on track.

That should be a sport! Drones racing around an F1 circuit. Did you see that cornering?

We need this type of footages live on race days. "Wheel to wheel" battles might look cool from this angles...

Drone didn't respect the track limits , 5 sec penalty

Drones are very fast. Especially the ones are custom made can easily catch an F1. Maybe not a full 300kmh but up to 200kmh. All in bling of an eye.

More impressed at the skills of the drone pilot 😂

Fantastic, it would be nice if it were broadcast like that. how exciting that sound. Beautiful MacLaren, and that sound, it's really good to hear

Really amazing footage, specially at low speed corners at the chicane.. wow !!

How can a drone keep up with an F1 engine? It's the most advanced technology in the history of the planet...comon...

That needs to be how they cover the races on television. That is spectacular and definitely entertaining.

Carlos driving the McLaren...maybe Lando is driving the drone🤔. McLaren's children are still playing, for sure😃

I vote for drone cameras for the starting grid for lights out!

Mclaren should change its name to 'Welostalready'.

Ive been flying drones over Open Wheelers for 3 years now. Just finished TRS 2020. We've done both live stream and record for post shows.

Is this a preview of "Formula Drone"

Think the drone was beyond track limits there...

This make it looks slow... keep copter view when skyview is needed

Wow! Would be great if they add this view while broadcasting.

Is it just me or is does the power unit sound different to last year?

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2 hrs ago

24H Series

VORTEX V8 will be joning us again this season! The French team that build their own cars will be joining multiple races this season. The team will join with their Vortex Light V8's at:

🇮🇹: 1x 12H Monza,
🇵🇹: 1x 24H Portimao,
🇫🇷: 2x 9H Paul Ricard,
🇪🇸: 2x 24H Barcelona and
🇮🇹: 2x 12H Imola

Great news coming from France!

#thisisendurance #24HSERIES #12hmonza #24HPORTIMAO #9hpaulricard #24hbarcelona #12himola #24hseries2020
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VORTEX V8 will be joning us again this season! The French team that build their own cars will be joining multiple races this season. The team will join with their Vortex Light V8s at:

🇮🇹: 1x 12H Monza,
🇵🇹: 1x 24H Portimao,
🇫🇷: 2x 9H Paul Ricard,
🇪🇸: 2x 24H Barcelona and
🇮🇹: 2x 12H Imola

Great news coming from France! 

#thisisendurance #24hseries #12HMONZA #24HPORTIMAO #9HPAULRICARD #24HBARCELONA #12HIMOLA #24HSeries2020

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Great news! This little pretty car is a nice presence in series 👍

3 hrs ago

MotoGP

🇯🇵 Suzuki starts from maiden pole!
💢 Sasaki tangles with Garcia!
🔝 Arbolino edges ahead!

Watch the eventful early exchanges as #Moto3 arrived at Misano in 2019!

#SanMarinoGP 🇸🇲
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Tutondele papa a foto diaku diambote

nice

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