The 2015 FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain is fast approaching. Only a few weeks remain before the World Endurance Championship roars into town for the season finale on November 20 and 21.
But before we get lost in the excitement of this year’s World Endurance Championship season finale, let’s take a look back at the 2014 race which produced plenty of thrills and newly crowned world champions.
First Time for Toyota Racing
The trio of Alexander Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway stormed to the chequered flag to win the Six Hours of Bahrain nearly a minute ahead of their closest challengers.
In the other Toyota, Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi secured the 2014 FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship despite only finishing in 11th place at BIC. They suffered some car problems during the first half of the race but were still able to secure their season’s crown.
Porsche on the podium, one to forget for Audi
Like Toyota, Porsche had double the joy as they took the third podium step with the no. 20 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard. They were 57.268s behind the victors.1
Audi Sport Team Joest had their cars finish in fourth and fifth, respectively, accounting for all the runners in the Le Mans Prototype 1-Hybrid (LMP1-H) class after having suffered issues with one of their car all weekend.
In the other categories
Taking first place amongst the LMP1-Lightweight challengers was Rebellion Racing’s no. 13 R-One Toyota of Dominik Kraihamer, Andrea Belicchi and Fabio Leimer.
The LMP2 class win was claimed by the no. 47 Oreca 03R-Nissan of KCMG pair Richard Bradley, Matt Howson and Alexander Imperatori.
Elsewhere, AF Corse and Aston Martin secured a championship double for their drivers and teams in their respective classes.
The no. 51 AF Corse pair of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander steered their Ferrari F458 Italia to the win in the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance (LMGTE) Pro class – a victory that also helped them clinch the FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers and the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Pro Teams.
Aston Martin, on the other hand, sealed their own fantastic double after the tandem of David Heinemeier-Hansson and Kristian Poulsen finished in first place. That ensured that they clinched both the FIA Endurance Trophy for GT Am Drivers and the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am Teams.