After a twelve months away the FIA World Endurance Championship makes a welcome return to the Bahrain World Circuit for the principle 8 Hour rush of the 2019/20 season. An additional entry in the LMP2 category by archaic class champions G-Pressure Racing brings the whole choice of autos entered for the rush up to thirty-one for the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday 14 December.
After winning in China final month, Rebel Racing head to the Heart East on a high inform but know that a repeat of their victory will seemingly be made more noteworthy because of the changes made below the success handicap rules (CLICK HERE for the most contemporary Endurance Committee bulletin). The no1 Rebel Racing R13-Gibson will face the 2 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050-hybrids and the 2 Personnel LNT Ginetta G60-AERs for total honours on the 8 Hours of Bahrain in what guarantees to be a carefully fought fight in the barren space.
LMGTE Knowledgeable has viewed Aston Martin and Porsche both select victories to this level this season, with Ferrari winning Shanghai, most efficient to be disqualified following post-rush Scrutineering. With two wins below Porsche’s belt, the German manufacturer will seemingly be having a look to earn a hat-trick in Bahrain to cement its procedure on the conclude of the leaderboard.
Nevertheless, Bahrain has fared effectively for Ferrari in most up-to-date years with the Italian manufacturer having taken four out of six wins in LMGTE Knowledgeable and securing the 2017 FIA World Endurance GT Producers title in the season finale on the Heart Jap circuit. Can they make it a fifth gain this twelve months?
2015 FIA WEC LMP2 and 2018 ELMS Champions, G-Pressure Racing, will self-discipline an Aurus 01-Gibson car – the the same machine that the Russian-essentially based mostly mostly employees archaic to make runner-up on this twelve months’s European Le Mans Sequence. Driving the no26 Aurus will seemingly be ex System 1 driver Jean-Eric Vergne, who achieved a beefy WEC campaign again in 2017. Joining Vergne on the wheel will seemingly be 2015 FIA WEC LMP2 Champion Roman Rusinov and 2018 ELMS LMP3 Champion Job Van Uitert, the young Dutch driver already with a WEC pole procedure and podium make to his credit rating with Racing Personnel Nederland at Silverstone in September.
G-Pressure’s entry will enhance the extremely-aggressive LMP2 self-discipline to 9 in Bahrain – the safe of WEC Season 8 to this level and involves two tyre manufacturers (Michelin and Goodyear) and four a form of chassis suppliers – ORECA, Alpine, Dallara and Aurus. Three a form of groups, Cool Racing, Racing Personnel Nederlands and JOTA hang stood on the conclude step of the rostrum in the three races held to this level this season. Will or no longer it is a fourth a form of employees celebrating victory on the discontinue of the 8 Hours of Bahrain?
A total of 11 groups will fight it out in LMGTE Am as category leaders TF Sport will seemingly be desperate to continue its most up-to-date success after winning the 2 earlier rounds with the Aston Martin Vantage AMR. Ultimate three aspects on the again of TF Sport, on the assorted hand, is AF Corse as the Ferrari 488 GTE Evo took the round one victory at Silverstone followed by a 2nd procedure at Fuji. Who will come out on top in Bahrain this time round?
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