GT – World Endurance Championship WEC: Exciting season finale in Bahrain
The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC goes down to the wire at the six-hour race on the Bahrain International Circuit on 18 November. After a strong maiden season with the 911 RSR, the Porsche GT Team could be crowned world champions in two categories – in the team classification and in the drivers’ classification with Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki. On the Formula 1 circuit in the Bahrain desert, two 911 RSR will tackle the fiercely competitive GTE-Pro class.
The situation heading to the final race
Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki stand the best chances of winning the title. In the lead-up to the final race, they sit just two points shy of the leading Ferrari pilots Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado in the drivers’ classification, and 5.5 points ahead of Harry Tincknell/Andy Priaulx (Ford). All three driver pairings could take the world championship crown in Bahrain. This underlines just how competitive the GTE-Pro class is. Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki will become world champions if…
…they win the race.
…they finish on second or third ahead of Guidi/Calado and Tincknell/Priaulx, provided that Pier Guidi/Calado don’t earn the extra point for pole position.
…they earn the extra point for pole position and finish the race ahead of Pier Guidi/Calado and Tincknell/Priaulx – regardless of the position.
The Porsche GT Team, which fields the 911 RSR with the starting number 91, ranks second in the team classification, 13 points behind AF Corse (Ferrari No. 51) and two points ahead of the Ford Chip Ganassi Team (Ford No. 67). The team will become world champions if…
… it posts pole position and wins the race with the #91 car – and Ferrari finishes no further up the field than fourth.
… it wins the race and Ferrari finishes no further up the field than fifth (with or without pole position).
… it posts pole position and finishes the race in second – the Ferrari finishes on eighth and Ford doesn’t win.
… it finishes the race in second and the Ferrari finishes in eighth without pole position – and the Ford doesn’t win.
The Porsche customer team Dempsey Proton Racing, which fights for the FIA World Endurance Trophy in the GTE-Am class with a 2015-spec 911 RSR, can also take home titles in Bahrain. In both the drivers’ and team classifications, they currently rank second after wins at the Nürburgring and in Mexico.
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