Toyota and Ferrari clinch world titles

Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa were crowned 2022 Hypercar Champions in the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid after the trio finished second to the race-winning #7 car of Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi in the finale bonus points. .

The #8 Toyota crew was just one point ahead of Alpine trio Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Andre Negrao heading into the race, but the #36 A480-Gibson proved to be the fastest car. slowest of the Hypercar field and failed to finish third, giving the Japanese manufacturer a relatively easy race to the title.

Buemi, Hartley, Hirakawa, however, failed to seal the crown with a third win of the season, having been ordered by Toyota to let the No. 7 car take the lead for the third hour of the race.

The No. 8 GR010 Hybrid had initially been the faster of the two cars in the Toyota team, but Conway was able to quickly close in on Hartley after taking over the driving duties from Lopez, prompting the Japanese automaker to order a exchange.

Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa took the title after finishing second behind their teammates.

Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa took the title after finishing second behind their teammates.

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Hartley, Buemi and Hirakawa lacked the speed to close in on the #7 Toyota the rest of the race and eventually crossed the finish line more than 45 seconds adrift, but second place was enough to add the title Hypercar to the win they took at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Alpine had qualified last in the Hypercar field and after some exploits from Lapierre early in the race, the French manufacturer was unable to realistically challenge either Toyota or Peugeot, the only other teams competing in the category. .

It was just reliability issues for the two Peugeot 9X8s that promoted Lapierre, Negrao and Vaxiviere to last place on the podium, but even then the trio twice finished third in the last race of Alpine’s LMP1 car built by Oreca.

The no.94 Peugeot of Gustavo Menezes, Loïc Duval and new recruit Nico Muller was the only Stellantis marque to see the checkered flag, with the no.93 qualifying on the front row retiring in the penultimate hour.

Even the #94 Peugeot didn’t have an easy race and after a second stop just before the halfway point of the race, it spent several minutes in the garage, finally finishing the race six laps later in the Toyota #7 winner.

#38 Jota Oreca 07 - Gibson LMP2: Roberto Gonzalez, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Will Stevens

#38 Jota Oreca 07 – Gibson LMP2: Roberto Gonzalez, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Will Stevens

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JOTA wins LMP2 title, WRT wins race

JOTA clinched the 2022 LMP2 title in Bahrain after Antonio Felix da Costa, Will Stevens and Roberto Gonzalez secured the required points with a third-place finish, while WRT ended the season with another fine win.

With a 28-point lead in the standings thanks to a class victory at Le Mans, the #38 JOTA crew only needed to finish in the top 7 to secure a first LMP2 title in WEC history.

Although da Costa, Stevens and Gonzales were unable to upset the leaders for victory at the 8 Hours of Bahrain, a podium finish was more than enough to beat the #23 United Autosports crew of Oliver Jarvis, Alex Lynn and Joshua Pierson at the crown.

The #31 WRT of Robin Frijns, Rene Rast and Sean Gelael had qualified eighth in the LMP2 field, but a fast first stint from Rast in the third hour propelled the team into a lead that they couldn’t claim. wouldn’t give up on the rest. of the event.

It was the third win of the season for the #31 WRT as well as the fourth of the year for the Belgian two-car team, sister team Realteam, Ferdinand Habsburg, Norman Nato and Rui Andrede having won at Monza.

Jarvis, Lynn and Pierson finished second in the race ahead of title winners da Costa, Stevens and Gonzales, while Louis Deletraz, Robert Kubica and Lorenzo Colombo finished fourth for Prema after pitting under one of the yellow periods on the course complete.

The Pro-Am subtitle went to the new AF Corse team for 2022 after Nicklas Nielsen, Francois Perrodo and Alessio Rovera finished 10th among all LMP2 entrants.

Rivals Team Algarve Pro picked up a late penalty that left them 12th at the finish.

#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 - LMP1 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez

#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 – LMP1 Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez

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Ferrari clinches GTE Pro title despite late drama

Ferrari duo James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi clinched the very last GTE Pro world title despite late drama that befell the #51 488 GTE car in the penultimate hour of the race.

Calado was riding comfortably in second and ahead of Corvette and the two Porsches when his car developed a serious gearbox problem that prevented him from engaging fourth gear.

Losing between five and eight seconds per lap, the #51 crew dropped to last place in class and had to desperately try to nurse the car to the finish in order to claim the points for fifth in the standings. General GTE.

Despite four laps down on the lead, Pier Guidi was able to bring the hampered car home after taking over from Calado. With the #92 Porsche of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen failing to finish higher than third, Ferrari was – incredibly – able to defend its title in the GTE Pro class.

The Italian manufacturer also won the race thanks to the #52 car driven by Antonio Fuoco and Miguel Molina, while Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner finished second in the #64 Corvette C8.R.

#51 AF Corse Ferrari of Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado

#51 AF Corse Ferrari of Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado

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Going into the race, the #92 911 RSR-19 of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre was the manufacturer’s best bet for the title, three points ahead of Bruni in the #91 car.

However, Christensen and Estre were twice unlucky with the yellows timing mid-course, with the first intervention at the start of hour 2 giving the lead to the #51 Ferrari and the third FCY after the midpoint catching them and almost dropping. one lap behind the leader.

They climbed to the final spot on the podium after Porsche brought in the second GTE Pro car of Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz for a splash-and-dash on the final lap of the race.

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Aston clinch GTE Am title

The Project 1 Porsche team won a double in GTE Am with the #46 car shared by Matteo Cairoli, Mikkel Pedersen and Nicolas Leutwiler ahead of Ben Barnicoat, PJ Hyett and Gunnar Jeannette in the #56 car.

Both Proton machines were able to pass the #85 Ferrari Iron Dames of Michael Gatting, Rahel Frey and Sarah Bovy which led much of the race in the final two hours, demoting the all-female team to third place.

The title went to the TF Sport Aston Martin team after Ben Keating, Henrique Chaves and Marco Sorensen finished third, ahead of the only car capable of beating the title – the similar Vantage GT3 of Nicki Thiim, Paul Dalla Lana and David Pittard . by Northwest AMR.

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