Following the 2014 6 Hours of Bahrain, Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi are provisional FIA World Endurance Drivers Champions, The manufacturer championship meanwhile remains open between Toyota and Audi going forwards to the final round, the Six Hours of Interlagos, in two weeks time.
In the other classes, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander, along with AF Corse are the GTE PRO teams and driver champions provisionally, meanwhile in GTE Am, David Heinemeier-Hansson and Kristian Poulsen, along with Aston Martin Racing, are provisional GTE Am drivers and team champions.
Now, the race itself was probably one of my favourite rounds of this season, qualifying saw Porsche #14 start on pole, whilst Audi had a nightmare qualifying for the #1 car, having two carbon tub charges and missing qualifying, which meant starting at the rear of the grid.
Porsche led at the start, with the #8 Toyota taking the lead and seemingly in a strong position for the race. Unfortunately however for the #8 team, an alternator problem put them out of contention, after a prolonged stop in the garage for repairs, the car did recover to eleventh, and as mentioned above, was still able to claim the drivers championship, although it does ultimately leave the manufacturers championship open.
This left the door open for the #7 entrant from Toyota, to battle with both Porsches for victory in the race, ultimately the #7 would prevail, claiming the first victory of 2014 for the #7 crew, driven this weekend by Stephane Sarrazin, Alex Wurz and Mike Conway, Conway on only his second race with the Toyota Hybrid team. However Porsche would also record a fantastic result by coming home second and third, with the #14 leading the way. Audi would come home forth and fifth.
In LMP2, KCMG took the win, over the #37 SMP racing entry. Unfortunately in the late stages of the race, the #27 SMP sister entry, driven by Nic Minassian and in championship contention, entered the pits with oil exiting the rear of the car, and some small flames. A sad finish after running second, and with only fifteen minutes to go after six hours of racing for the team. Following the issues with #27, The G-Drive Ligier #26 entry takes the championship lead, despite spending time themselves in the pits earlier in the race, following contact.
In the GTE Classes, a spectacular race long battle between AF Corse and Aston Martin Racing, drew fantastic action to the race, ultimately however it was to come down to pit strategy, with the AF Corse #51 driven by Vilander, holding off the #97 Aston Martin, piloted by Darren Turner for victory, whilst in GTE Am, it was a class victory by David Heinemeier-Hansson and Kristian Poulsen.