Aston Martin Racing recorded an epic victory in the first ever Bapco Eight Hours of Bahrain after a race-long duel with Ferrari.
Aston Martin Racing recorded an epic victory in the first ever Bapco Eight Hours of Bahrain, after Danish duo Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen came out on top of a race-long duel with FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro rivals Ferrari.
The Eight hours of Bahrain saw the second win of the season for the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE It was the second win of the season for the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, and it was enough to secure its drivers a 14-point championship lead as the series now heads into a two-month winter break.
The fact that team-mates Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin continued their run of third-place finishes at every race, also ensures that Aston Martin leads the GT Manufacturers' Championship with 153 points.
Sorensen raced through from the back of the class grid at the start and was in the hunt from the off after snatching third on the opening lap. Both he and Thiim then produced a perfect blend of car and strategy management through the race on a circuit that tested every team to the limit in terms of tyre and brake wear.
There was nothing to separate the #95 Vantage GTE and the rival Ferrari for much of the second half of the race. But in the final hour, after a brilliant couple of stints from Thiim, Sorensen was able to take advantage of a mistake in the pits by his rival and take the pair's second victory together in Bahrain. The accomplishment was all the more crucial given that the event was worth 1.5 times the points of a normal six-hour round.