The 6 Hours of Bahrain was the WEC title showdown everyone had hoped for. At the head of the field, early problems for the #17 crew put their title fight in jeopardy, while KCMG and G-Drive fought tooth and nail for honours in LMP2. In LMP1-L, victory for the #13 machine gave the less-experienced Rebellion Racing crew second place in the championship.
The manufacturers title was a done deal before the WEC paddock arrived in the Gulf state of Bahrain. Porsche secured a comprehensive victory, winning every single race of the championship from Le Mans onwards. The points haul of 308 was also a record since the return of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012.
|4||L. di Grassi||BRA||99|
The world drivers’ title was the scene of the greatest drama at Bahrain. Early mechanical issues put the championship-leading #17 machine in the garage for over 8 minutes, with Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley playing a frantic game of catch-up to secure the fifth place that would have guaranteed them the drivers’ title. In the end, the sister #18 car helped the Porsche trio out by taking the race win ahead of Audi and – in doing so – handing the world drivers’ title to Bernhard, Webber and Hartley.
|1||Rebellion Racing #12||CHE||134|
|2||Rebellion Racing #13||CHE||108|
Despite only having three competitors, the LMP1 privateer class also provided some real action over the season. A late charge by the much-improved ByKolles squad almost saw them snatch second place in the championship, but a victory at the final round for the #13 Rebellion Racing crew made it a one-two for the Swiss-entered team.
It was a similar story in the LMP1 privateer drivers’ title, what with most of the drivers being full-season entries. For Mathias Beche and Nicolas Prost, it’s a second drivers’ title in as many years.
Sam Bird, Julien Canal and Roman Rusinov in the #26 G-Drive Ligier took a well-deserved victory in the LMP2 drivers’ championship by 23 points from the #47 KCMG pair of Richard Bradley and Matt Howson. Lifting the title was an act of catharsis for the #26 G-Drive crew, after a brake failure at last season’s final round in Brazil arguably cost Rusinov and Canal the 2014 LMP2 drivers’ title. The collision between the KCMG and #28 G-Drive cars in the final minutes of the 6 Hours of Fuji proved to be a decisive moment in the title battle, with KCMG unable to claw back the points they lost for not finishing in Japan.
|1||G-Drive Racing #26||RUS||178|
|3||G-Drive Racing #28||RUS||134|
|5||Team SARD Morand||CHE||70|
|7||Extreme Speed Motorsports #31||USA||62|
|7||Extreme Speed Motorsports #30||USA||62|
The teams’ championship was a similar story to the drivers’ championship. For the second season in succession, the LMP2 teams’ title goes to Russia.
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