Porsche was poised to clinch each the drivers’ and the constructors title within the GTE Professional for the second time in three seasons because the Bahrain 8 Hours headed towards a nail-biting finish, with Christensen holding a slender lead within the #92 Porsche he shares with Kevin Estre and Neel Jani.
However with simply the ultimate quarter-hour to run, Christensen was spun round by Alessandro Pier Guidi within the #51 Ferrari going into the ultimate nook, simply as they have been lapped by the #22 United Autosports LMP2 automobile.
Race management took motion inside a handful of laps, asking Pier Guidi at hand again the place to Christensen for inflicting an avoidable collision.
However the Ferrari driver carried on in first place and finally took the chequered flag by simply over three seconds, provisionally securing himself and teammate James Calado the drivers’ title.
With Daniel Serra and Miguel Molina ending third within the different 488 GTE, Ferrari additionally clinched the producers’ title provisionally from its sole title rival Porsche.
On the time of writing, no penalty has been handed to the #51 Ferrari in lieu of not serving its in-race sanction, or if stewards now take into account the conflict between Christensen and Pier Guidi as a racing incident.
Requested by Autosport if he expects the outcomes to be modified, Christensen stated: “If the world is truthful, then sure. I can not imagine that that is the best way to race. I can not imagine anybody thinks that is the best way to race actually. that is lower than me after all to determine.
“My viewpoint was that an LMP2 went on the within on me, which on the best way to the nook I attempted to point out I did not need him by.
“Okay, in the long run I let him by, braked usually and simply earlier than I needed to flip in I received an enormous hit from the rear and no probability to regulate the automobile.”
#92 Porsche GT Crew Porsche 911 RSR – 19: Kevin Estre, Neel Jani, Michael Christensen
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In his defence Pier Guidi stated he slowed all the way down to let Christensen by, just for the Danish driver to go to the pits for a splash and sprint.
Pier Guidi himself took further gas within the Ferrari the next lap however didn’t concede the place to Christensen after returning to the monitor along with his lead intact.
“I perceive that this isn’t the best way everybody want to see the tip of the race however to my viewpoint I could not do something as a result of he was attempting to shut so laborious on the prototype, he blocked, we have been very shut,” stated Pier Guidi of the incident with Christensen.
“He braked so laborious in entrance of me, I did not anticipate something. Then they stated ‘look forward to him’ to provide the place again. I used to be ready so much after which he pitted so I could not do something.
“I used to be attempting actually to be as truthful as I may however I did not anticipate it. And I feel with the blue flag it is best to give the place to the prototype, and nothing occurs as a result of we have been combating for one more class. He braked so laborious, I actually could not do something. I am sorry for them however from my viewpoint I could not do something.”
Christensen stated he was shut to creating a scheduled closing pitstop after the incident, however selected to go to the pitlane early to permit the Manthey-run Porsche squad to evaluate injury to his 911 RSR-19.
“We needed to do a splash and sprint however we went in instantly to verify the automobile and it was clearly broken within the rear however they assessed that and we continued until the tip,” he defined.