8H Bahrain: Team WRT leads LMP2 over JOTA as drama ensues in GTE-Am

The #8 Toyota still leads the 8 Hours of Bahrain with two hours left to go as the GTE-Pro lead fight remains intense as GTE-Am ensued drama.

The fifth hour featured the slightly cooler ambient temperatures that the darkness brings, but the humidity upped to 36 per cent.

Furthermore, the GTE-Pro lead battle remain close with the #92 and #51 fighting one another for the championship title, as GTE-Am brought drama in the form of incidents for Aston Martins.

At the 4 hours and 27 minutes into the race, the #33 which was climbing its way back up after the drama earlier on dived up the inside of the #54 AF Corse at Turn 1.

This brought the #33 into the garage for a nearly two-hour-long extensive repair job with the steering rack which effectively turned them into the race’s second retirement.

Due to the fact they will be participating in tomorrow’s Bahrain Rookie Test, they only pursued an installation lap.

The other Aston Martin in drama was the #98 where Marcos Gomes was fighting with the #57 of Scott Andrews before the latter (Ferrari) made contact and ripped off the Aston’s rear diffuser.

A Full-Course-Yellow period lasting four minutes was deployed to recover the debris as the #98 made its way for a garage repair job.

In GTE-Pro, the fight between the #92 and #51 has been recurring since the very beginning of the race.

James Calado spent all his efforts fending off Kevin Estre as the pair dueled intensely for a second WEC GT Drivers’ Championship title for either of them.

Towards the six-hour mark, various tyre strategies were in play as the works GTE cars pitted.

The #52 pitted changing only their rear tyres as the #92 decided to change the left side, thus both Ferrari and Porsche are expected to fight to the end.

OVERALL POSITION TEAM
1 #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
2 #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
3 #31 Team WRT [LMP2]
4 #28 JOTA [LMP2]
5 #36 Alpine Elf Matmut [HYPERCAR]
6 #22 United Autosports [LMP2]
7 #38 JOTA [LMP2]
8 #34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
9 #20 High Class Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
10 #29 Racing Team Nederland (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
11 #70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
12 #1 Richard Mille Racing [LMP2]
13 #21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
14 #44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
15 #92 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
16 #51 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]
17 #52 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]
18 #91 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
19 #47 Cetilar Racing [GTE-AM]
20 #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]
21 #83 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
22 #56 Team Project 1 [GTE-AM]
23 #54 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
24 #57 Kessel Racing [GTE-AM]
25 #60 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]
26 #777 D’station Racing [GTE-AM]
27 #85 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]
28 #86 GR Racing [GTE-AM]
29 #98 Aston Martin Racing [GTE-AM]
30 #33 TF Sport [GTE-AM] *DNF
31 #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM] *DNF