The FIA World Endurance Championship is about to close its 2015 season next week in the Middle-East. The challenging Sakhir International Circuit will play host to the season finale. Heavy battles are expected in the Grand Touring division for the manufactures' title and the drivers' ones in both LM GTE-Pro and LM GTE-Am.
Here a quick look back at the past three editions of the 6 Hours of Bahrain. An event which always been part of the FIA World Endurance Championship since its launch back in 2012.
2012: Ferrari won the first race in the desert.
The first ever FIA WEC race in Bahrain proved to be a good one, the event was the sixth round of the 2012 season. Aston Martin Racing took GTE-Pro pole position with the Vantage GTE shared by Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke.
However the race was dominated by Ferrari. At the end of thrilling 6-hour race, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella crossed the finish line victorious with their Ferrari 458 GTE from AF Corse.
The pole setting Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke was second. The podium was completed by Team Felbermayr-Proton's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Richard Lietz and Marc Lieb
GTE-Am victory that year went to a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from Team Felbermayr-Proton. Ferrari took the other two spots on the podium with AF Corse-Waltrip in second place and Krohn Racing in third.
2013: Second straight victory for Ferrari at Bahrain
The 2013 race in Bahrain was the season finale of the FIA WEC. Porsche AG Team Manthey took the GTE-Pro pole position with the factory Porsche 911 RSR shared by Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz.
As was the case a year later, the race really exciting to follow and once victory went to Ferrari. Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander won the GTE-Pro class sharing a Ferrari 458 GTE from the factory supported AF Corse squad.
Porsche AG Team Manthey took second place with the 911 RSR driven by Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Pilet. The second AF Corse Ferrari 458 GTE entry completed the podium with drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Giancarlo Fisichella.
No GTE-Pro podium for Aston Martin Racing but the British team managed to win the GTE-Am class. Ferrari completed the podium with 8 Star Motorsports in second and AF Corse in third.
2014: Maranello unbeatable at Sakhir
The 6 Hours of Bahrain concluded the 2014 FIA WEC season. It was an exciting race in the demanding GTE-Pro class. Pole position went to a works Aston Martin Vantage GTE from Aston Martin Racing and shared by Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke.
A day later the fans on site and across the world enjoyed a great race in the premier GT class. At the end of the 6-hour event, Ferrari clinched the victory again. Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander shared the winning Ferrari 458 GTE from team AF Corse.
Darren Turner and Stefan Mücke were second with their Aston Martin Vantage GTE. Davide Rigon and James Calado took the final spot on the podium driving an AF Corse run Ferrari 458 GTE.
Aston Martin Racing dominated the GTE-Am class with the Danish team Young Driver AMR. A Ferrari 458 GTE from AF Corse was second. The class podium was completed by Aston Martin Racing with another Aston Martin Vantage GTE
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