Sun, 28 November 2021
Toyota Gazoo Racing wrapped up the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a one-two in a thrilling Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.
The meeting marked the sixth and final round of this WEC campaign and was the second event in the series’ first-ever double-header. It was also the second consecutive weekend that both of Toyota’s GR010 Hybrid Hypercars claimed the top two places in the final overall classification. This time, however, it was the #8 crew of Sebastien Buemi-Kazuki Nakajima-Brendon Hartley to triumph, following in the footsteps of their teammates Kamui Kobayashi-Mike Conway-Jose Maria Lopez who steered their #7 car to the win in last week’s Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain.
A gap of one minute 14.320 seconds separated the pair as they both completed a total of 247 laps in the gruelling eight-hour endurance spectacle. With the result, Buemi-Nakajima-Hartley claimed their third race win of the season. Kobayashi-Conway-Lopez, who earned enough points with their runner-up finish to secure the title of Hypercar World Endurance Drivers Championship. It was their second successive crown as a crew. Toyota Gazoo Racing had already sealed the Hypercar World Endurance Championship last week, making for a superb title double in 2021.
Finishing third overall in the race, as well as in the Hypercar category, were Alpine Elf Matmut’s Andre Negrao-Nicolas Lapierre-Matthieu Vaxiviere in their #36 Alpine A480-Gibson.
Meanwhile, winning the Le Mans Prototype (LMP) 2 class were Team WRT’s Robin Frijns-Ferdinand Habsburg-Charles Milesi driving their #31 Oreca 07-Gibson. They posted 240 laps in all. Second in class were JOTA’s #38 crew of Antonio Felix da Costsa-Roberto Gonzalez-Anthony Davidson, while teammates Tom Blomqvist-Sean Gelael-Stoffel Vandoorne in JOTA’s #28 car were third.