Porsche ends legal fight for titles calling for ‘stringent and uniform approach’ to penalties

The Porsche GT Team has ended their legal fight from the 8H Bahrain controversy which confirms AF Corse as FIA World Endurance GT Champions.

The German manufacturer has officially ended its legal fight after their loss to the championship fight at the 8 Hours of Bahrain season finale.

Before the race, both AF Corse/Ferrari and Porsche were tied on points in the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships.

With 12 minutes remaining after intense battles all-race-long, Michel Christenen in the #92 was hit by the #51 of Alessandro Pier Guidi.

Pier Guidi was ordered to return the position after their contact, but the Porsche pitted as did AF Corse on the next lap – thus leaving an end for Kevin Estre and Neel Jani’s title-winning chances.

Porsche released a detailed statement on social media gauging their legal journey.

“Porsche Motorsport had lodged a protest against the decisions taken by the 8H Bahrain race director after the FIA WEC season finale due to the incident between the 911 RSR #92 and the Ferrari #51.

“This protest was rejected,” represented as Document 56 – Decision No. 34 by the stewards.

“Porsche had announced it would appeal against the rejection of the protest.

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“The intention was to enable it to carry out a full examination of the circumstances and the facts in general and also the legal standpoint.

“An in-depth analysis of the situation and the advice of legal counsel have led to a decision not to pursue legal action any further.

“In the interests of the sport, Porsche would, in future, like to see a stringent and uniform approach taken to penalties for violations on the track – especially during the race.”

It is officially AF Corse who has won the 2021 FIA World Endurance Drivers’ and the Manufacturers’ Championship following their the Le Mans 24 Hours success.

Pier Guidi and James Calado have their second championship (since 2017) with 177 points to Estre’s and Jani’s 166.

Ferrari secured the Manufacturers’ title with 291 points to 277 of Porsche.