WEC 2017 - 6 Heures de Bahreïn 2017 - Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin win
The 6 Hours of Bahrain, final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, was won by the N°8 Toyota TS050-Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima. The Japanese carmaker overturned Porsche LMP Team’s edge in qualifying to emerge in front after the opening half-hour, although its German rival continued to apply pressure with its N°1 919 Hybrid (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). However, the latter’s N°2 sister car (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) was then forced to make an unscheduled pit stop and, at the race’s halfway point, Toyota appeared to be heading for a repeat of its recent one-two success in Shanghai. That plan was eventuality scuppered, though, when Kamui Kobayashi was forced to make a long pit stop for repairs after his N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid collided with a GT runner. The incident allowed Porsche to recover second (N°2) and third (N°1) spots and conclude the Stuttgart firm’s final title-winning season in world class prototype racing with two cars on the podium.