The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain set the scene for the final round of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance which was significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to a shake-up of the original calendar and the introduction of strict sanitary measures. In Bahrain, for example, a facility at the circuit allowed all those who attended to be tested on-site, with results available extremely quickly.

 

Sadly, however, the event was marked by the death of the kingdom’s Prime Minister and the authorities paid tribute to Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa by cancelling all of the meeting’s support races.

 

With less track action to sweep the racing line, the incessant wind that blew sand onto the track prior to the race led to slower conditions for this year’s FIA WEC visit to Bahrain. The lap times posted by the LMP2 prototypes, for example, were two seconds down compared with 2019 on the slippery surface which put tyres to a particularly tough test.

 

Tyre consistency was consequently one of the keys to success at the 2019/2020 championship’s final round.

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