If you look at the schedule for the World Endurance Championship, you’ll notice something a little bit odd. Right now, the WEC is at the midpoint of its current season, which uniquely spans two calendar years. Part of the racing lineup was an inaugural event, the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain, which this past weekend saw Aston Martin score a very well-earned victory in a contest that saw the legendary British marque swap the lead throughout the race with Ferrari, its historic rival in the WEC’s GTE Pro category. The winning drivers were the Danish duo of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen, who gave Aston Martin its second win of the season despite starting at the rear of the grid.
This Drew Gibson image furnished by Aston Martin shows the winning Vantage GTE exiting the pits during its run to victory, a finish that saw all three works Aston Martins finish on the podium. In a battle of conserving brakes and tires on the hot Bahrain circuit, Thiim and Sorensen were able to capitalize on a botched Ferrari pit stop and assure the win, which under the WEC’s sometimes-convoluted rules structure, awarded the team 1.5 times the points for a “normal” six-hour endurance race due to Bahrain’s additional two laps of the clock. Aston Martin continues to hold the WEC lead in GT manufacturer’s points. And about that schedule: It now goes on a two-month hiatus and resumes in February with the Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas.