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Ferrari drivers James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi topped WEC GT drivers’ champions in Bahrain

Ferrari drivers James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi topped WEC GT drivers’ champions in Bahrain

Ferrari claimed a second World Endurance Championship crown of 2017 within the 6 Hours of Bahrain Saturday. Second place secured the GT drivers’ world title for James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi to go together with the producers’ prize gained by Ferrari earlier this month in Shanghai.

Calado and Pier Guidi had been on prime in GTE Professional from early within the third hour of the day-night race, however backed off within the closing levels, secure within the information that they’d performed sufficient to seal the championship forward of their rivals from Porsche and Ford. That allowed Sam Hen and Davide Rigon to take the victory within the sister Ferrari 488 GTE run by the manufacturing facility AF Corse workforce.

Hen and Rigon had a transparent lead as half-distance approached, however a full-course yellow digital security automobile turned a lead of 20 seconds right into a deficit of an identical quantity. The leaders had simply made a cease underneath inexperienced flag situations when the digital security automobile was known as, which allowed their closest rivals to realize again that point and extra by pitting underneath the yellow flags.

“With the ability to name myself a world champion is one thing I’ve all the time dreamed of,” stated Calado. “I am unsure we had the quickest automobile at present, however I believe we had probably the most constant automobile and we stayed out of hassle.”

Porsche seemed prefer it would possibly rating a primary WEC victory with its new-for-2017 rear-engined 911 RSR. Michael Christensen was closing on the Hen/Rigon Ferrari simply earlier than half distance when he and Toyota LMP1 driver Kamui Kobayashi got here collectively at flip two, the incident leaving the Porsche the Dane shared with Kevin Estre sliding into the gravel.

Toyota claimed total victory, ending up with 5 wins to Porsche’s 4. Photograph by LAT Photographic

Their Porsche teammates Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz had been second within the factors coming into the Bahrain weekend and seemed for a brief second like they could mount a problem to the Ferraris. The Porsche was fast on the softer of the 2 Michelin compounds out there, however when Makowiecki needed to swap again to tougher rubber for his closing stint within the cooler situations on the finish of the race, he misplaced time and pale to fourth.

Ganassi Ford GT drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell got here via to take the ultimate podium place. Their outdoors likelihood of the title disappeared in the midst of the race once they misplaced greater than 20 seconds within the pits with a wheel-nut subject and hassle restarting the automobile.

Toyota claimed total victory, ending up with 5 wins to Porsche’s 4. Toyota took the large prizes within the drivers’ and producers’ championships and the Le Mans 24 Hours this 12 months. Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson took the victory for the Japanese producer with a dominant show on a day that the opposite three automobiles in LMP1 all hit hassle.

The profitable Toyota TS050 Hybrid completed a lap forward of WEC drivers’ champions Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber. They misplaced time within the opening laps when Bernhard ran over an errant nook marker put up and wanted a brand new nostril part.

Bruno Senna and Julien Canal took the LMP2 drivers’ crown with victory along with Nicolas Prost in the most effective of the Revolt ORECA-Gibson 07s. They prevailed by simply 10 seconds over the Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA of Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent, which required an additional pitstop as a result of the automobile was not selecting up the final 15 litres of the gas within the tank.

Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy lastly claimed GTE Am honors of their third season along with a category victory of their Aston Vantage GTE.

Calado and Pier Guidi

Second place secured the GT drivers’ world title for Calado and Pier Guidi Photograph by LAT Photographic

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