Back-to-back races will produce a special title fight – Lopez

Jose Maria Lopez has acknowledged the fight for the World Endurance Championship title requires both competition and teamwork between the two Toyotas.

The recent Le Mans winner leads the Hypercar championship alongside teammates Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway, having scored 120 points so far this year, and the trio wish to keep their nine-point margin over the sister Toyota crew in pursuit of becoming the first drivers to win the Hypercar class.

In Toyota preview statement, Lopez said: “It’s going to be special to fight for the title in back-to-back races, particularly coming from some amazing moments at Le Mans.

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“It’s most important for the team to win the title with a good first race, then we will see who deserves the drivers’ championship.

“Whoever takes the crown will have really earned it.

“Car #8 is always strong competition for us; we fight on track but we are teammates and friends so there is huge respect between all of us.”


Teams will be keen to ensure reliability issues are kept to the absolute minimum this weekend, with Bahrain set to hold WEC’s first ever double-header.

The first race to be held at the Bahrain International circuit will be six hours long, with an eight hour race taking place just one week later.

As such, the combined 14 hours of racing leaves the championship title wide open between the two GR010 Hybrids, while Alpine also have an outside chance if the Toyotas run into any reliability issues.