After Rebellion Racing’s win in Shanghai, China, Toyota Gazoo Racing bounced back to secure first and second places in Bahrain with the N°7 and N°8 TS050-Hybrids of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley respectively. Shanghai victors Senna/Menezes/Nato (N°1 Rebellion R13-Gibson) were third over the line.
A tangle between the pole-winning Rebellion and one of the Team LNT-run Ginetta G60-LT-P1-AERs on Lap 1 allowed the N°7 Toyota TS050-Hybrid to take command. The N°8 sister prototype was forced off the track to avoid getting caught up in the collision, but it was back up to second place within the opening hour. Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi was helped as he warded off pressure from Ginetta and Rebellion by a double-stint strategy from the outset, which saved valuable time during his first refuelling stop.