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WEC: Buemi, Hartley, Hirakawa trio clinches Hypercar title

12.11.22

2022 FIA World Endurance Championship titles have been decided at the season-concluding 8 Hours of Bahrain, with Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa taking the hours in the Hypercar class owing to a second-place finish

Hypercar

  • Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and José-María Lopez win the 8 Hours of Bahrain
  • The trio takes their second win of the season following a faultless display to lead home the sister car of Buemi, Hartley and Hirakawa who become the 2022 FIA WEC Hypercar champions
  • The title-contending Alpine ELF Team of Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Andre Negrao (who arrived to Bahrain level on points with #8 Toyota crew) rounds out the podium
  • Peugeot TotalEnergies endure a tough race as the #94 Peugeot 9X8 crosses the line a delayed fourth, while #93 car retires with a transmission problem

LMGTE Pro

  • The class sees dramatic closing stages as long-time race leaders James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi fall back from second place with a suspected gearbox issue in the penultimate hour
  • This threatened to open-up a sensational title tilt for Porsche GT Team which looked to be out of contention as the race wore on
  • However, Calado and Pier Guidi nurse the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo to the chequered flag in fifth place to successfully defend their LMGTE Pro championship
  • The LMGTE Pro class is won at Bahrain by Miguel Molina and Antonio Fuoco who were allowed through by Calado in the fifth hour
  • Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy place second after a spirited run, capitalising on some full-course yellow fortune early in the race
  • The #91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni looked set for third place but it relinquishes position to teammates Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 after taking a late fuel splash on the final tour


LMP2

  • WRT takes second successive FIA WEC win as Robin Frijns/Rene Rast and Sean Gelael take conclusive victory
  • Title glory goes to Will Stevens/Antonio Felix da Costa/Roberto Gonzalez as they bag a third place in Bahrain
  • United Autosports USA place second as the #23 car of Oliver Jarvis, Alex Lynn and Joshua Pierson heads Prema Orlen Team that places fourth after a late fuel splash stop
  • The Pro/Am winners – Francois Perrodo, Nicklas Nielsen and Alessio Rovera – also seal the overall end-of-season victory


LMGTE Am

  • The #46 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Matteo Cairoli, Nicolas Leutwiler and Mikkel Pedersen takes the first win of the season in LMGTE Am
  • The #56 Porsche of Ben Barnicoat, Gunnar Jeannette and WEC debutant PJ Hyett makes it a 1-2 for Team Project 1
  • Iron Dames take third place after another stellar event (and a the squad’s third consultee podium finish) for Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Sarah Bovy
  • The all-female squad moves up to third in the final FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am Teams standings
  • TF Sport celebrates the LMGTE Am title with a solid run to the fourth position for Ben Keating, Henrique Chaves and Marco Sorensen