samedi 19 novembre 2016
Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen win Bahrain finale and GTE-Pro world title
Aston Martin Racing conclued its 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign in a perfect way. The British brand took GTE-Pro victory at the 6 Hours of Bahrain and two championship titles.
Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen won the GTE-Pro drivers' title, a fully deserved one for the Danish aces. The two enjoyed a great season with their Young Driver AMR run #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
Aston Martin Racing took the teams' crown ahead of AF Corse. While Ferrari clinched the prestigious manufacturers' trophy ahead of Aston Martin.
The first half of the race was highlighted by a thrilling threeway battle for GTE-Pro supremacy between the two works Aston Martin Vantage GTEs and the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE of Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado.
Then drama has hit Darren Turner and Jonny Adam as their #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE lost a wheel. The car was pushed back in its garage and lost two laps. That gave the class lead to the sister #95 machine.
At the end of the six-hour event, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen crossed the finish line as race winners ahead of the two AF Corse Ferraris.
Gianmaria Bruni and Sam Bird were third with the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE. Their team-mates Sam Bird and Davide Rigon completed the top-three in GTE-Pro with the sister #71 Ferrari 488 GTE.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing entries were fourth with the #67 Ford GT and sixth with the #66 car. The #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was fifth. The Dempsey Proton Racing #77 Porsche 911 RSR was seventh.
In GTE-Am the title went to the Ferrari squad. François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas took the championship title following the problems hitting the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda.
The race itself in GTE-Am was a true Porsche affair with a fine 1-2 in class for the customer Porsche 911 RSRs.
Victory went to the Abu Dhabi Proton Racing #88 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Khaled Al Qubaisi, David Heinemeier Hansson and Patrick Long.
Second place in class went to the KCMG #78 Porsche 911 RSR of Wolf Henzler, Christian Ried and Joel Camathias.
François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas completed the GTE-Am podium with the #83 Ferrari 458 Italia.
The Gulf Racing #86 Porsche 911 RSR was fourth. The Labre Competition #50 Corvette C7.R was fifth. The Aston Martin #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was sixth.
Photos: Aston Martin / Ferrari / Porsche