Andy Blackmore unveils the latest World Endurance Championship spotter’s guide ahead of the 2013 season closing 6 Hours of Bahrain.
The FIA World Endurance Championship may already be secured – with Audi tying up the Manufacturers’ championship, and Allan McNish, Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen the Drivers’ title last time out in Shanghai – but championships still remain open in the LMP2, GT and LMGTE Am categories ahead of the season finale this weekend in Bahrain.
Ferrari has announced a switch in its driver line-up for the 6 Hours of Bahrain, with former Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella now partnering Kamui Kobayashi in #71 AF Corse 458 Italia. The Italian’s regular teammate Toni Vilander will now partner up with Gulf 12 Hours winner Gianmaria Bruni in the #51 entry. Ferrari’s main opposition comes from current GT standings leader Aston Martin Racing, with Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner looking to make it a hattrick of victories at the Bahrain International Circuit in the #97 Vantage V8.
With OAK Racing set to seal the Trophy for LMP2 Teams, the fight is on between Bertrand Baguette, Ricardo Gonzalez and Martin Plowman in the #35 Morgan and Oliver Pla, David Heinemeier Hansson and Alex Brundle in the sister #24 entry. Aston Martin Racing’s Jamie Campbell-Walter and Stuart Hall meanwhile take on IMSA Performance Matmut’s Jean-Karl Vernay and Raymond Narac in the LMPE Am standings, the former’s Aston Martin Vantage V8 aiming for victory in the manufacturer’s centenary year.
Audi’s main contention for outright WEC victory comes from Toyota – with Alexander Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima leading the TS030 Hybrid charge from teammates Anthony Davison, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin – Rebellion Racing’s Andrea Belicchi, Matthias Beche and Nicolas Prost.
Source – spotterguides