WEC: Hartley hopes for “close fight” for the title at Bahrain

Brendon Hartley of the #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing team hopes the fight for the overall WEC title will be close between the two Toyotas.

The 8 Hours of Bahrain at the Sakhir International Circuit will mark the conclusion of the Season 8 calendar.

With only the two Toyotas fighting for the LMP title, the leading one between them will claim the championship at the final race for the LMP1 category.

Hartley gave his thoughts ahead of the final round at Bahrain this weekend:

“There will be mixed emotions in Bahrain. It will mark the end of the LMP1 era which I have loved so much, but on the flip side we are all excited about the Hypercar future.”

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Throughout his years in the LMP1 category, he afflicted himself with the success of Porsche to accumulate 12 wins and 20 podium finishes for the German manufacturer.

These highlights of his motorsport career racing for the Porsche LMP Team since 2014, got him two titles (2015 and 2017) and one Le Mans 24 Hours win (2017).

Apart from a single appearance for SMP Racing (LMP1) at the 2019 1000 Miles of Sebring, he made his full-time return to the WEC for Toyota GAZOO Racing in Season 8.

He continued: “It’s the second race of the season in Bahrain so we all know it very well; I hope it’s a close fight between the two TS050 Hybrids.

“Although we head there as World Championship leaders in the #8 car (for the first time this season), the points are so close that whichever car wins will be crowned champion so I am looking forward to it.”

The success handicap falls in favour of the #7 as the pair of Toyotas find themselves to be the sole LMP1 competitors.

Hartley recently won his second Le Mans, with the #8 and his fellow teammates Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima who claimed a hat trick of wins at the historic race.

The Kiwi, along with Buemi, would win their third WEC championship if they finish ahead of the #7 sister car on Saturday 14th November.