FIA World Endurance Championship: Check out all the highlights from an action-packed event at the 6 Hours of Bahrain that saw the No. 8 Toyota take the overall win.
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ANNOUNCER: Well, just over six hours ago, the crews all lined up on the grid. Fernando Alonso was in the house, together with Mark Webber, and all the greats and the good of world motor sport were here to see the finale, and the crescendo, of the LMP2, the GTE Pro, and GTE AM driver's championships. MNMP1 title had been wrapped up last time out in China, so it was just for the pride.
The victory was going to go between Porsche, or was it going to go to Toyota. Porsche led into the first corner. The Toyota tried to sneak into second position, but it had to shuffle back to third and fourth for the early couple of corners. But they fought back, and, boy, did they just get quicker and quicker. There was a flag because a bollard had been dislodged, but a Porsche had caught it. That lost time in the pit. It never quite recovered to be on the leading pace ever again.
In LMP2, there was nothing between them. And then, as the number 1 Porsche lost the lead to the number 8 Toyota, that was the overall lead of the race. The number 7 Toyota then made it a Toyota 1, 2. At that particular point, now the sun had gone down just before 5 o'clock local time.
And GTE Pro, the Ford, battle tooth and nail with the Ferrari to take the lead in the class. But it wasn't quite to be. Tignal and Prio had an opportunity, but they slipped a little bit further down the order. Porsche GET had a slow start, but they got into their stride as they fought back, soon hitting the front of the class with the number 92 car.
The Dempsey Proton Porsche had a problem with its lights in the AM category, but it was all about the Aston Martin, the lone Aston Martin in the AM category that fought through.
Then there was a massive coming together with a second place car in GET Pro, and the third place LMP1 Toyota. Toyota lost six minutes with repairs. The Porsche was out.
Then we had a leading Nick Tandy. But he also collected, ironically, a Porsche at 2 and 1. Tandy had a punch up. He nearly went off. Anthony Davidson had to jink, too, out of the way. And there was nothing that the boys could do from Stuttgart except repair the car and hope for the best.
That then meant that's the battle for GTE Pro was well and truly alive as Tingel and Prio and Ford fought back, trying to keep their fingers on a chance of a Drivers World Chairmanship. In the end, they finished in third position in today's race.
Bruno Cena, with less than an hour to go, lost power steering. Reset, reset. Eventually, he got a bit of that steering back, but what a brilliant fightback for Cena and Canal to win the Drivers Championship. Toyota win in Bahrain. They made it five victories in 2017 against the four of Porsche.