BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, BAHRAIN - NOVEMBER 03: #8 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING Toyota GR010 - Hybrid Hybrid Hypecar of Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday November 03, 2023 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Toyota Gazoo Racing Secure 1-2 in Bahrain

November 3, 2023
WEC
by Ramon Jones

Toyota Gazoo Racing locked out a 1-2 finish in qualifying at Bahrain International Circuit. Toyota Gazoo has led the weekend on pace. With the championship on the line and both cars poised to take the top spot tomorrow’s race should be a nail biter as the WEC season closes out. Brendon Hartley in No. 8 Toyota GR010 claimed pole position to extend the points lead over the sister No. 07 Toyota by 16 points heading into the 8 hour race. The No. 02 Cadillac V-Series.R has held its own in third place throughout all of the practice sessions. The car was the best of the rest but was 0.7 seconds of of the lead No. 08 Toyota GR010.

LMP2

Tom Blomqvist in No. 23 United Autosports ran the fastest in class to claim a very valuable pole position. The LMP2 fight is coming down to the wire with the drivers and manufacturers championships both in limbo this weekend. Tomorrow’s race will be the final race that the LMP2 class participates in for the World Endurance Championship. The No.36 Alpine ELF Team Oreca-Gibson driven by Charles Milesi will start second in class ahead of the No. 31 Team WRT car in third.

LMGTE Am

Even though the championship already been decided. That didn’t prevent Sarah Bovy from securing pole in the Iron Dames Porsche 911 RSR. Bovy would’ve set an even faster lap but spun out. Fortunately the spin out didn’t cause any damage to the car. The top three was rounded out by the No. 777 D’Station Aston Martin, and the No. 25 ORT by TF Sport machine.

The race starts at 04:00 EST.