Kiwi Hartley looking forward to having some time away from motor racing after taking part in both Formula 1 and FIA WEC recently.
2017 FIA WEC – 6 Hours of Bahrain
The Manor team reflect on the 2017 World Endurance Championship finale.
An intense race saw the Swiss team come out on top in both championships.
Bad luck for the Porsche crew as they get taken out of the running at the half way point.
Mathias Lauda, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy secured the GT AM title in Bahrain but Aston Martin Racing fail to win the GT Pro in V8 Vantage’s final race.
Double Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has completed his first test in sportscar machinery, as he prepares for the Daytona 24 Hours and an assault on Le Mans in 2018.
Sebestian Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima clinched their record fifth victory of the WEC season in the Bahrain finale, with Toyota Gazoo Racing team-mates finishing a penalised fourth.
Porsche LMP1 Team could not put together the win they wanted in their final race, with Toyota Gazoo Racing securing their fifth win of the season. Race winners of LMP2 and GTE Am took class championship victories whilst Ferrari did the triple in GTE Pro.
For the final qualifying session of the 2017 World Endurance Championship, Porsche LMP1 Team end their four year campaign with a pole position as they stole it from Toyota’s grasp in the last moments of the session.
Next year’s entry list for the first winter season of the World Endurance Championship is starting to take shape, with Clearwater Racing confirming they will submit for entry in the 2018/19 season.
Ahead of qualifying, Porsche LMP1 team took their first one-two of the weekend. Jackie Chan DC Racing also came through on the pace, dominating the top of LMP2. Ferrari had the edge in the GTE classes, with AF Corse and Clearwater Racing taking the lead in their respective classes.
Toyota Gazoo Racing, Vaillante Rebellion and Aston Martin Racing locked out the top two spots of their respective classes in the second practice session whilst Ferrari had a one-two in Am.
Toyota lead a one-two at the beginning of practice, but it’s close between Porsche and them. A delayed session that lasted 120 minutes at chequered flag suggested that the racing should be close in the last race of the season in all classes.
Having claimed both Drivers and Teams title, the Porsche LMP1 outfit prepare for their final LMP1 race as they’re pulling out next year.
The #7 Toyota has had a rough season so far, but will be looking to finish the 2017 on a strong result as they prepare for a year without Porsche.