6H Bahrain: #7 Toyota claims victory, WRT wins in LMP2

The #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing claimed the overall win at the 6 Hours of Bahrain after an exciting display of action, drama and endurance.

As the end of Round 5 ensued, it was a mixture of fights and dominance across the whole field.

At the fifth hour, the gap between the leading #7 and the second-placed #8 grew after the latter car had a troubled pit stop, struggling with the front-left tyre change.

One of the intense battles included the United Autosports and JOTA teams.

First up, it was a duel between Filipe Albuquerque and Tom Blomqvist (#28) for second place.

Elsewhere in LMP2, the #34 pitted several times when the left door would not remain shut, thus cost them during their Pro/Am victory endeavours.

Into the final hour, GTE-Am delivered on a fight between the #98 and #56 for second place, as Marcos Gomes and Matteo Cairoli went side-by-side to mark the battle both unpredictable and exciting.

Returning to LMP2, the #22 continued its efforts until Blomqvist made a move at Turn 1. Also an event in LMP2, was the sensor issue on the #21 which pushed them down the order due to pit stop/garage time.

With 40 minutes left, the #56 found itself attacking the #77 of Matt Campbell in the fight for second place, a duel which became intense before the two established a gap.

The #22 continued its efforts to retain the final podium spot, but it was struggling against the likes of Antonio Felix Da Costa in the #38 who had fresher tyres on the left side, as opposed to a full double-stinted set on the United.

Da Costa passed his fellow compatriot at Turn 1 to help the JOTA team have two cars on the podium.

Up ahead, the #7 Toyota crew of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez charged to victory ahead of the #8.

This finish secured the Hypercar Team’s Championship title for Toyota GAZOO Racing, but the drivers’ titles are still up for the taking between the two crews.

In LMP2, the #31 of Robin Frijns, Ferdinand Habsburg and Charles Milesi propelled themselves to the LMP2 lead in the standings after claiming a consecutive victory – after the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche dominated in GTE-Pro as the #92 duo of Kevin Estre and Neel Jani landed the win to bring the fight against Ferrari towards next weekend’s finale.

The #33 TF Sport of Ben Keating, Dylan Pereira and Felipe Fraga took the victory in GTE-Am.

Only eight hours of racing are left for Season 9 as the remaining title fights will be decided at next weekend’s 8 Hours of Bahrain finale.

OVERALL POSITION TEAM
1

#7 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]

2

#8 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]

3

#36 Alpine Elf Matmut [HYPERCAR]

4

#31 Team WRT [LMP2]

5

#28 JOTA [LMP2]

6

#38 JOTA [LMP2]

7

#22 United Autosports [LMP2]

8

#29 Racing Team Nederland (Pro/Am) [LMP2]

9

#1 Richard Mille Racing [LMP2]

10

#70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]

11

#20 High Class Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]

12

#34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am) [LMP2]

13

#92 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]

14

#91 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]

15

#51 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]

16

#52 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]

17

#33 TF Sport [GTE-AM]

18

#77 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]

19

#56 Team Project 1 [GTE-AM]

20

#98 Aston Martin Racing [GTE-AM]

21

#44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am) [LMP2]

22

#83 AF Corse [GTE-AM]

23

#86 GR Racing [GTE-AM]

24

#54 AF Corse [GTE-AM]

25

#85 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]

26

#57 Kessel Racing [GTE-AM]

27

#47 Cetilar Racing [GTE-AM]

28

#777 D’station Racing [GTE-AM]

29

#60 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]

30

#21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am) [LMP2]

31

#88 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]