Ferrari provisionally wins epic battle for GT Manufacturers’ FIA World Endurance Championship
The No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari is the provisional winner of the GT Manufacturers’ FIA World Endurance Championship after a dramatic finale which saw Porsche and Ferrari fighting tooth and nail throughout today’s 8 hour race.
Both the No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo and the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR - 19 were locked in an enthralling battle with the No. 51 making contact with the Porsche in the race’s final 15 minutes.
Pier Guidi eventually held onto the win, crossing the finish line first to become provisional champion alongside James Calado. However, an investigation is currently underway after Porsche filed a protest following the end of the race.
Currently in P2 is the Porsche driven by Kevin Estre, Neel Jani and Michael Christensen.
The No. 52 AF Corse Ferrari driven by Miguel Molina and Daniel Serra finished today’s race in third position ahead of No.91 Porsche 911 RSR of Gimmi Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki.
No. 83 AF Corse Ferrari win LMGTE Am for second consecutive year
The No. 83 AF Corse Ferrari crew took the 2021 LMGTE Am title in style as Alessio Rovera, Nicklas Nielsen and Francois Perrodo won today’s race in Bahrain.
It is the team’s fourth victory of the season and sees the team successfully defend its GTE Am title as they finish the year 59.5 points ahead of TF Sport who had a troubled race today from start to finish.
Indeed, TF Sport were the only team who could really challenge AF Corse Ferrari today but were knocked out of contention when the No. 33 car incurred a puncture on the opening lap caused by contact with the No. 98 Aston Martin Racing car.
TF Sport did a super job of fighting back after the incident but a further collision with the No. 54 AF Corse Ferrari later in the race resulted in a broken steering rack and dashed any hopes of a chance at the title. The team eventually retired after spending more than 90 minutes in the pits making repairs to the Aston Martin Vantage AMR.
The No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche belonging to Matt Campbell, Jaxon Evans and Christian Ried finished runner-up in Bahrain today and also finished third in the overall standings.
Rounding out today’s podium was the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche of Egidio Perfetti, Riccardo Pera and Matteo Cairoli, the crew making a good recovery following a one minute penalty earlier in the race.
Pole-sitters Cetilar Racing finished the race fourth overall, the Italian squad was hit earlier in the race by the No. 777 D’Station Aston Martin driven by Tomanobu Fuji who was given a drive-through-penalty as a result.
Elsewhere, the No. 88 Dempsey Proton Porsche retired early in the race as Axcil Jefferies spun and was unable to restart due to a mechanical issue.