Toyota closed out the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season with a convincing victory in Sunday's 6 Hours of Bahrain, denying Porsche a swansong victory in the LMP1 class in the process.

After seeing Porsche wrap up both the drivers' and manufacturers' championship last time out in Shanghai, Toyota entered the weekend with little more than pride to play for, but fell short in qualifying as Nick Tandy grabbed pole in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Toyota made a good start to seize the lead of the race 30 minutes into the six-hour race courtesy of Sebastien Buemi in the #8 car, which was left to lead the team's charge after the #7 car got caught up in a clash with a GTE-Am backmarker.

Porsche tried to make up for a lack of race pace by rolling the dice on strategy, opting for a fuel-only stop to triple-stint Tandy in the #1 car around mid-race distance to give him track position ahead of Anthony Davidson in the Toyota.

Tandy came unstuck while trying to pass the #86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR, making contact at Turn 1 to leave his car with damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop.

The incident left the #8 Toyota to run unchallenged to the flag, leading home the two Porsche LMP1 cars, with the recovering Toyota taking P4 overall.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched both the drivers' and teams' LMP2 titles in style with a hard-fought victory in Bahrain, recovering from a 40-second deficit with less than two hours remaining and a power steering failure to get the jump on title rivals Jackie Chan DC Racing late on.

Bruno Senna secured his maiden motorsport title in the process alongside Julien Canal in the #31 Oreca 07 Gibson, with Nicolas Prost missing out on a share in the drivers' crown after his no-show at the Nürburgring.

AF Corse completed a hat-trick of titles in GTE-Pro with an orchestrated one-two finish led by the #71 Ferrari 488 GTE shared by Sam Bird and Davide Rigon. James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi secured the drivers' crown by finishing second, as well as clinching the teams' title to follow the manufacturers' championship won by Ferrari in Shanghai.

After four years of trying, Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy finally secured their maiden title in GTE-Am for Aston Martin Racing, sewing up the championship with a comfortable class win in the #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.


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