Audi will start their final race in the FIA WEC from pole tomorrow after winning qualifying today, thanks to a record breaking lap from Lucas Di Grassi in the #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro. Di Grassi set a time of 1m38.828, the fastest ever by the Audi team which resulted to an average of 1m39.207 after combining it with Oliver Jarvis time.
This will be the last time we see Audi in WEC, at least for now, after the team announced its withdrawal a few weeks ago. VW has taken measures to recover from the diesel gate which have resulted to the departure of its key brands from global Motorsport. The VW rally team will also be taking part in its final WRC race this weekend in Australia. Additionally, the company plans to cut 30,000 jobs as part of the radical cost saving measures.
Porsche will remain in WEC, a call that was easily made after the team proved its dominance in the sport over the past two seasons. Today, they claimed 2nd and 3rd during qualifying led by the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard who posted an average time of 1m39.471. The #2 Porsche 919 of championship leaders Marc Lieb and Neel Jani will start from third. The second Audi will start from fourth with Toyota behind them in fifth and sixth – #6 TS050 leading the #5 sister car.
Rene Rast and Roman Rusinov grabbed their sixth pole of the season in LMP2 with the #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca-Nissan. Stephane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes came in second in the #36 Signatech Alpine just ahead of the #44 Manor Oreca-Nissan.
Aston Martin was unstoppable in LMGTE, scoring a double podium in Pro and P1 finish in AM. Darren Turner and Jonny Adam finished first in LMGTE-Pro with the #97 Aston Martin Vantage ahead of the #95 sister car of championship leaders Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim. Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado took the final spot on the podium in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE. Fourth was the best place for Ford today thanks to the #67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.
Down in AM class, Pedro Lamy scored pole in the #98 Aston Martin Vantage, taking advantage of a last minute pitstop by leading #83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Francois Perrodo. The #50 Corvette C7.R starts from third after beating both the #86 and #78 Porsche 911 RSR to the final podium spot.
The 6 Hours of Bahrain 2016 will start at 17:00hrs local time, tomorrow.