28 BAHRAIN SPORT Gulf Daily News Sunday, 9th November 2014 Email: [email protected] Toyota Racing look to bolster LMP1 title chances PLENTY will be at stake at the FIA WEC Six Hours of Bahrain this weekend at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. Teams and drivers will be jostling for positions as the points become more valuable than ever. The highly anticipated race will be held on Friday and Saturday at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”. Having clinched an impressive one-two finish in the WEC’s previous round in China last week, Toyota Racing head into Bahrain as the favourites to claim this year’s Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1) Manufacturers’ World Championship. They top the standings with 226 points, but are not far ahead of defending champions Audi Team Sport Joest who are on 197. LMP1 debutants, Porsche, are in third place with 133 points. Toyota are looking to claim their first-ever WEC manufacturers’ world title and will need a good showing in Bahrain, possibly similar to their finish in China, to keep their bid on course. Meanwhile, former Bahrain resident Sebastien Buemi and Toyota teammate Anthony Davidson are in prime position to secure the World Endurance Drivers Prototype Championship. They are in first place with 147 points apiece as the series gears up for the Six Hours of Bahrain. In second place are the Audi trio of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler, each with 105 points. Toyota’s Nicolas Lapierre is in sole third place with 96 points while Audi drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Tom Kristensen are fourth with 92 points each. Rebellion Racing have virtually secured the FIA Endurance Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams despite plenty of action still remaining in Bahrain and Brazil to close out the season. Challengers They have 168 points while their closest challengers, their sister team at Rebellion, are on 43. Similarly, the trio of Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Mathias Beche are way ahead in first place in the race for the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Private Team Drivers. They all are on 168 points, with their fiercest rivals on 43. In the battle for the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams, SMP Racing are engaged in a heated neck-to-neck battle with G-Drive Racing, with only eight points separating the two (128 and 120 points) heading into Bahrain. Sergey Zlobin leads the classification in the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers. He, however, only enjoys an eight-point lead (128 and 120 points) over the trio of Julien Canal, Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov. Anton Ladygin is in sole third place and is still with a mathematical chance of claiming the crown. In the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance (LMGTE) classes, Ferrari are currently the pace setters to claim the LMGTE Manufacturers’ World Cup. They have 221 points and are in first place, but cannot take anything for granted the rest of the way as Porsche follow close behind in second with 214 points. Aston Martin are in third place with 169. Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander are in top position in the standings of the World Endurance Cup for GT drivers. They have 131 points apiece. Fred Makowiecki is second with 106.5 points and R Lietz third on 91. In the FIA Endurance Trophy for GT AM drivers, Kristian Poulsen and David Heinemeier-Hansson lead the title race with 154 points apiece. The trio of Christoffer Nygaard, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy are in second place with 123 points each. In the title race for the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Pro Teams, AF Corse are in first place with 131 points, while in the battle for the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am Teams, Aston Martin are the leaders with 154 points. Double joy for Shaikh Hamad SHAIKH Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa continued his strong start to the new season of the BIC 2,000cc Challenge claiming a fine double in round two at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir. Having won both races in the season-opener last month, Shaikh Hamad returned to “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” and enjoyed a near-perfect weekend in his white Honda Civic hatchback. Shaikh Hamad won the first race from pole position and then was awarded the win in race two after the sprint was red-flagged on the 12th lap. The session was stopped due to excessive oil on the track. Hussain Karimi and Abdulaziz Ashkanani joined Shaikh Hamad on the podium for both races, with Karimi in second and Ashkanani third each time. “I’m very happy to get the two wins tonight,” said Shaikh Hamad said. “The more points the better. I’ve always wanted to start the season collecting a good number, so this time I’m really happy and honoured to be doing it.” Shaikh Hamad began the day’s proceedings by topping the practice timesheet with a best lap of one minute 20.305 seconds around BIC’s 2.55-km Inner Track. He then secured pole with a best lap of 1:19.745. Shaikh Hamad moved on to claim the chequered flag n Winners on the podium after the first 15-lap race in 20:19.686. Karimi driving a yellow Honda CRX followed in second place 7.788s behind while Ashkanani in a black Honda S2000 was third, 8.229s back. Abdulrahman Ghuloom (black/blue Civic) finished fourth, Raed Himmo (white Honda CRX) fifth and Alex Longden (white BMW 3 Series/F20C) sixth. Challenge returnees Stephen Kellogg (black Civic) and Tim Birkin (white Honda Integra) rounded out the race one classification. Karimi clocked the race’s fastest lap of 1:20.196. In race two, Shaikh Hamad had a five-second gap ahead of Karimi before the session was red-flagged. Ashkanani was third, Himmo fourth, Birkin fifth and Kellogg sixth. Shaikh Hamad had the fastest lap in race two of 1:19.970. The winners were presented their prizes in a podium ceremony attended by officials from BIC, Bahrain Motor Federation and Circuit Racing Club. There are eight rounds in all in the 2014-2015 season of the tournament begins THE Kerala Catholic Association Zayani Motors International Volleyball Tournament 2014 was inaugurated on Friday night by chief guest V K Rajasekharan Pillai, National Fire and Safety Managing Director. Also present on the occasion were Rev Renji Varghese Mallapally, Rev Varghese Yohannan and KCA president Sam Ancil Francis and general secretary Sovichen Chennattusserry. Eight teams from Saudi Arabia, India, Nepal and Bahrain are taking part in this two-event event. The event is powered by Lulu Hypermarket and UAE Exchange. The platinum sponsors are Ruby Contracting Cleaning Company and the gold sponsors Trans Auto Rental, Al Ahbar Construction, Al Mahroos, Maria Hotel Management. The co-sponsors are Alfa Express, Basma, Nazarath Villas, Booknow. bh, Ahmadi Industries, Slim Shape, Jotun Paints, Gulf Membrane and Coating Industries and RP Construction. For more information, contact tournament convener Raison Mathew on 34109999, tournament coordinator K P Jose on 39097226, KCA sports secretary Sibi Kaitharath on 39178163, KCA president Sam Ancil Francis on 37779343 or general secretary, Sovichen Chennattusserry on 39073783. n Support for bodybuilding n Action from the race BIC 2,000cc Challenge. Round three will take place on December 19, which will mark the last event of the calendar year. Round four will usher in 2015 on January 16. The season’s fifth round is then slated for February 6, to be followed by round six on March 6. The seventh and penultimate meeting is then scheduled for April 24 and the season-finale for May 1. For more information on what’s going on at BIC, visit the official website, www.bahraingp.com, or call the BIC Hotline on +973-17-450000 Cac Cansaulim sink DC Cabs n CAC Cansaulim n KCA volleyball CAC Cansaulim routed DC Cabs United 5-1 in the Young Goans Club-Alba Eight-A-Side Football Tournament played at Soccer City, Saar. Fraser Antao scored in the eighth and15th minutes while Wincy Fernandes made it 3-0 soon after the restart. Nezen Vaz made it 4-0 before Rohan Easo Roy could pull one back for DC Cabs. Former Churchill Brother’s player Cyrilo Baretto added the fifth goal. In the second match, Salcete United stunned Bardez Boys with a solitary goal through Antonio Fernandes. Vasco Sporting and Yuva Kerala played out a 1-1 draw in the third match of the day. Avon Travon Silva gave Sporting the lead through a penalty kick while Shameer Koolikandy equalised for Yuva Kerala. In the last match of the day, Bahrain Goans were held to a goalless draw by Marina FC. Fraser Antao of Cac Cansaulim was declared player-of-the-week. INTERNATIONAL Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBF) president Dr Rafael Santonja and IFBF vice-president and Asian Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Federation president Shaikh Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa have assured their full support to the organising committee of the bodybuilding competition at the Fourth Beach Games to be held in Phuket. Thailand, on November 21 and 22. Dr Santonja and Shaikh Abdulla will supervise the drug tests to be conducted as part of a new strategy to combat doping. n Shaikh Nasser third SUPREME Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa finished third and not fourth in the Dubai International Triathlon Championship in the UAE. Shaikh Nasser received a decision from the Dubai International Triathlon Championship organising committee stating he was ranked third following the technical committee’s review of the final results.
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