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World Endurance Champion Announced, And it Wasn't Audi

Victory at Le Mans doesn't always mean an overall series win, it just usually does.

Audi's dominance of top tier endurance racing has become so complete in the last 14 years that it is now genuinely surprising when any other team wins anything, with the possible exception of Bentley's 2003 Le Mans win. But it seems that now Toyota has not only clinched a win at the 6 Hours of Bahrain, but the win was also enough to give Toyota the points to be declared the World Endurance Champions for 2014, even with one race left.

Toyota's LMP1 cars finished 1st and 11th at Bahrain, with Porsche in 2nd and 3rd and Audi finishing 4th and 5th. Though Audi did take home yet another win at Le Mans this year, it was a hard fought win, with both Toyota and Porsche making a strong showing. Toyota's win came with the TS040 Hybrid race car, an evolution of the TS030 Hybrid it raced with in 2012 and 2013. The car is powered by a 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 mated to a hybrid drivetrain. It is the first time since the GT-One race car came within a breath of victory at Le Mans in 1999 that Toyota has had any real success in endurance racing.

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