The Toyota Hybrid team saved their best for last as its No. 8 TS030 Hybrid (pictured, from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans), featuring drivers Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin, scored its first win of 2013 in the World Endurance Championship’s six-hour season finale in Bahrain.
Only two of the five LMP1 cars – the winning No. 8 from Toyota and the runner-up No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler – managed to go the full six hours.
The No. 26 G-Drive Racing LMP2 machine of IndyCar part-timer Mike Conway, John Martin and Roman Rusinov claimed the final spot on the overall podium while netting their fourth class win of the season.
Additionally, ex-IndyCar drivers Martin Plowman and Bertrand Baguette picked up a fourth-place class finish alongside Ricardo Gonzalez that enabled the trio to win the LMP2 drivers’ championship.
The LMP2 team title went to the OAK Racing side after their No. 24 Morgan/Nissan finished second in class with Olivier Pla, David Heinemeier Hansson and Alex Brundle at the wheel.
In GTE-Pro, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander were victorious in Bahrain for AF Corse, helping secure the class team title and drivers’ title for Bruni after their rivals from Aston Martin Racing lost both their cars to retirements during the six-hour running.
However, Aston Martin wouldn’t come away empty-handed. Their No. 95 team of Nicki Thiim, Kristian Poulsen, and Christoffer Nygaard earned the race win in GTE-Am, while their teammates from the No. 96 squad – Jamie Campbell-Walker and Stuart Hall – came away with the drivers’ title after finishing fifth in class with Roald Goethe today.
A second-place effort from the No. 81 8Star Motorsports team (Enzo Potolicchio/Rui Aguas/Davide Rigon) brought the GTE-Am team title to that outfit.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”