Fresh from a decisive victory at the penultimate round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain, reigning champion Mike Conway returns to the circuit for the grand finale this weekend looking to repeat his winning form and clinch a second WEC crown.
Extending their title advantage to 15 points off the back of their third victory in a row, Mike and the #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing cruised to the chequered flag with a 50 second advantage over their #8 team mates and title rivals. Tyre management was the key to race, where the #7 excelled in the Bahraini heat.
Both cars worked together to seal TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s fourth world championship in WEC, and its third in a row. However, focus now switches to the intense battle for the Drivers’ title with 39 points still on offer.
“I'm very happy with the win; it was good to get maximum points and secure the World Championship for the team. It was a great job by all the crew, and my team-mates performed really well all day. In my stint it was a case of managing the tyres from the start. There were a lot of unknowns because we have never taken tyres so far into a race before, but it all worked out well. It was a positive day for us in the drivers' championship but it's still all to play for this weekend, so we need to work hard to clinch it.”
Track action resumes on Thursday with the first Free Practice session at 17:30 local time (14:30 GMT). Two further Free Practice sessions follow at 09:00 (06:00) and 13:20 (10:20) on Friday morning with Qualifying at 17:20 (14:20) later in the afternoon. The race itself then gets underway at 14:00 (11:00) on Saturday.
Viewers can watch the race in its entirety live on Eurosport or through the official FIA WEC website.
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