Allan McNish will be hoping to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day with his fourth win of the season in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Dumfries-born racer is already assured of the World Drivers’ Championship alongside his Audi team-mates Loic Duval and Tom Kristensen, in a season which has seen victories at Silverstone and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“Four wins in a season sounds much better than three while it’s not often I get the chance of winning a race on St Andrew’s Day so it’s gloves off in Bahrain,” confirmed McNish. “It’ll be no holds barred for everyone because there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain to sign off the year in spectacular fashion.
“Audi has won six out of seven WEC races this season but Toyota will be very keen to make amends for the close fight they lost in China. Tom, Loïc and I also want another win but it will be tough. In China we had to take a very cautious approach through traffic to make sure there were no mistakes and get our hands on the title.”
While McNish, Duval and Kristensen are mathematically clear of their closest rivals, each driver will have to complete a minimum of 45 minutes of driving time in order to confirm the title for the trio.
In 2012, McNish took pole for the Bahrain round of the WEC, but the sister Audi of outgoing champions Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer ended up with the victory.