Porsche v Ferrari: WEC rolls back the years

Porsche and Ferrari collision in the 2021 Bahrain 8 Hours copy

This moment in the Bahrain 8 Hours stoked an old feud between Porsche and Ferrari

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Fans of that age-old rivalry between Porsche and Ferrari got a dose of nostalgia during the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain recently when the two marques went to war – on and off the track – over the GTE Pro championship crown.

In a row straight out of the 1970s, Porsche was left aggrieved after contact between Ferrari driver Alessandro Pier Guidi and Michael Christensen tipped the 911 RSR into a spin during the final minutes of the Bahrain 8 Hours. Pier Guidi was ordered to give the place back by the race director, but Christensen pulled into the pits for his final scheduled refuelling stop straight after the incident.

With Christensen’s co-drivers Neel Jani and Kévin Estre holding the joint championship lead with Pier Guidi and James Calado heading into the race, the clash proved decisive in handing the win, and the crown, to the Ferrari pair.