The 8 Hours of Bahrain (previously 6 Hours of Bahrain) (بطولة ست ساعات في البحرين) is a sports car race that is held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. It was created for the FIA World Endurance Championship, and was held for the first time on 29 September 2012 as the sixth round of the 2012 World Endurance Championship.[1] The creation of the race led to controversy, as the date for the inaugural race clashed with the 2012 Petit Le Mans.[2]

2021 Double-header

On 7 July 2021, the ACO announced that the fifth round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship in Fuji had been cancelled due to the travel restrictions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and replaced by the an additional 6-hour race in Bahrain on 30 October. The original 8 hour race would also be brought forward from 20 to 6 November, creating the first double-header in the championship's history.[3]

Results

Year Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Race Duration Race Distance Championship Report Ref
6 hour format
2012 France Benoît Tréluyer
Germany André Lotterer
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro 6:00:56 1,033.69 km (642.31 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [4]
2013 France Stéphane Sarrazin
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Japan Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid 6:01:15 1,076.98 km (669.20 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [5]
2014 Austria Alexander Wurz
France Stéphane Sarrazin
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Toyota Racing Toyota TS040 Hybrid 6:00:18 1,055.34 km (655.76 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [6]
2015 France Romain Dumas
Germany Marc Lieb
Switzerland Neel Jani
Germany Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid 6:00:52 1,076.98 km (669.20 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [7]
2016 Brazil Lucas di Grassi
France Loïc Duval
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro 6:00:12 1,052.86 km (654.22 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [8]
2017 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid 6:01:26 1,047.03 km (650.59 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [9]
2021 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina José María López
Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 Hybrid 6:00:33 1,000.96 km (621.97 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [10]
8 hour format
2019 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina José María López
Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid 8:01:24 1,390.62 km (864.09 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [11]
2020 United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina José María López
Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid 8:00:13 1,423.09 km (884.27 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [12]
2021 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 Hybrid 8:01:25 1,336.50 km (830.46 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship Report [13]
2022

Statistics

Wins by manufacturer

Rank Constructor Wins Years
1 Japan Toyota 7 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019–2021[a]
2 Germany Audi 2 2012, 2016
3 Germany Porsche 1 2015
  1. ^ Two races were held in Bahrain as part of the 2021 season finale. Toyota won both of them.

References

  1. ^ Dagys, John (12 November 2011). "LE MANS: 2012 WEC Schedule Released". Speed Channel, Inc. Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ Watkins, Gary (14 November 2011). "ALMS boss unhappy as Petit Le Mans is excluded from World Endurance Championship". AutoWeek. Crain Communications. Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  3. ^ "FIA WEC Japanese round cancelled; Bahrain becomes double-header". fiawec.com. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Bahrain 6 Hours 2012". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Bahrain 6 Hours 2013". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Bahrain 6 Hours 2014". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Bahrain 6 Hours 2015". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Bahrain 6 Hours 2016". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Bahrain 6 Hours 2017". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  10. ^ "6 h Bahrain 2021". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Bahrain 8 Hours 2019". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  12. ^ "Bahrain 8 Hours 2020". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  13. ^ "2021 Bahrain results". FIA World Endurance Championship. Retrieved 10 December 2021.