Audi claim final pole position

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Audi have tak­en the final pole posi­tion of the year, and of their World Endurance Cham­pi­onship careers. Porsche have man­aged to put them­selves ahead of Toy­ota on the grid, plac­ing Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Roman Dumas in the box seat to claim their first WEC title. 

final-audi-poleAudi’s #8 car set the fastest com­bined time of the ses­sion with Oliv­er Jarvis and Lucas di Gras­si behind the wheel. The Brazil­ian was the only dri­ver to put their indi­vid­ual time into the 1:38’s. Porsche put the #1 car on the front row ahead of the cham­pi­onship elect #2 919 hybrid which lines up third tomor­row. Andre Lot­ter­er, Mar­cel Fassler and Benoit Tre­luy­er will start their final race for Audi in fourth place. Fifth on the grid went the way of the cham­pi­onship chal­lengers in the #6 Toy­ota. The #5 TS050 will line up in sixth. Rebel­lion Rac­ing will start their final race in LMP1 in sev­enth place. ByKolles did not make it out to set a time.

g-drive-bahrain-2016-poleSev­enth over­all was pole for the LMP2 class. G-Dri­ve will lead the class away tomor­row ahead of the #36 Sig­nat­e­ch Alpine. Manor Rac­ing will start third in the #44 Ore­ca 05. RGR Sport will line up fourth with the new look #30 Ligi­er of Extreme Speed Motor­sports in fifth.

GTE was an all Aston Mar­tin affair dom­i­nat­ed by Jon­ny Adam and Dar­ren Turn­er. Incred­i­bly, the duo in the #97 car both set a 1:56:953 mak­ing it easy to work out their aver­age time. Thi­im and Sorensen were a tenth back in the #95 car mak­ing it a GTE 1–2 for the British team. Bruni and Cal­a­do were the best of the non Aston Mar­tins for AF Corse four tenths off the pole time. Fourth in class went to Pri­aulx and Tinck­nell, who where a shade off of a sec­ond shy of the pole time.

aston-2016Aston Mar­tin also took pole in GTE-AM. The title favorite #83 Fer­rari took sec­ond in class ahead of the Lar­bre Corvette in third. The Gulf Rac­ing UK Porsche was the best of the Ger­man cars in the class. The fel­low Porsche team, KCMG, will start fifth in class and last in tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Bahrain.

The race will start at 13:00 UK time tomor­row, and see the dri­vers cham­pi­onship decid­ed and an emo­tion­al farewell to Audi after 18 years at the top of the sport.

Images — WEC-Mag­a­zin