November 23, 2016 @ 07:12 PM

Aston Martin Racing snatches World Endurance Championship titles in Bahrain

The win from Danish duo Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen secures both the driver’s title and the GTE Pro team title simultaneously

After a long and gripping season, the 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC) finally settles down in the deserts of Bahrain for the final showdown. The season was not a walk in the park for Aston Martin Racing as they faced multiple challenges from their rivals but after six hours of intense wheel-to-wheel action, drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen came out on top to be crowned as the world champions of the 2016 FIA WEC.

 

Although the duo did enjoy a lead in the GT Drivers title by 12 points and a 2-point advantage in the GTE Pro championship, they needed at least a third-place finish to bag the necessary points for the GT Drivers title. And rivals like the #51 Ferrari was not going to make things easy for the #95 V8 Vantage as it gave the Danes a fierce battle in the opening hours of the race.

Pushing their race car to the limit, they were able to spread the lead to over 20 seconds by the fifth hour of the race. Their rivals tried giving a final push in hopes of catching the leading Vantage but Thiim was able to maintain the lead to the chequered flag with 12.695 seconds to spare. This second win of the season allows them to not only able to bag the driver’s title, but the GTE Pro championship for the team as well.

 

“The consistency throughout the season has been amazing, the car has been great and the improvement we’ve made with our partners throughout the year have been incredible,” said Thiim. “to be up there in our first year with two new partners in Dunlop and Total and to compete against some big teams with their two new cars is really something special. Right now, I’m very happy with what I and the team achieved,” he added.

“It’s absolutely amazing to win the championship and I’m going to say it’s even more incredible to win it with a Danish brother like Nicki,” said Sørensen, who used to race against Nicki in karting back when they were 10. “We had a lot of partners at the beginning of this year but it all just came together so well and today has been fantastic. I still can’t really believe it.”

 

Hussein Zain

 

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