Audi will start the FIA WEC 6 Hours of COTA from the front row today, having locked out the front row during qualifying on Friday. The #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer set the fastest time of the session with a 1m45.842 lap. The second Audi, the #8 R18 e-tron of Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis posted the second fastest time to claim P2. Duval and Jarvis had been fastest across all free practice sessions.
For Fassler and Lotterer, this is their third straight pole victory of the year. Porsche meanwhile will start from the second row in third place thanks to the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley who posted a best time of 1m46.560. The #2 Porsche 919 was on its way to finishing fourth but their time got deleted for exceeding time limits. Track limits proved to be a problem at COTA for most teams in both GT and LMP categories, several cars had their times deleted during qualifying.
The #6 Toyota TS050 of Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi will thus start from P4 alongside the #1 Porsche. Elsewhere, the #13 Rebellion Racing R-One led the LMP1 privateer class while Niko Lapierre and Gustavo Menezes in the Alpine A460 Nissan won the LMP2 pole. The #44 Manor Oreca of Roberto Merhi and Matthew Rao was second in LMP2 beating Mexico race winners, Bruno Senna and Ricardo Gonzalez in the #43 RGR Sport Oreca.
Aston Martin continued to show a strong form in LMGTE classes, claiming pole victories in both Pro and Am categories. The #95 Aston Martin of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen was fastest in GTE-Pro, this was their third pole of the season. P2 in GTE-Pro went to the #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE of Davide Rigon and Sam Bird. Behind the Ferrari was Olivier Pla and Stefan Mucke in the #66 Ford GT.
It was a mirror effect in the GTE-Am class with Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana in the #98 Aston Martin Vantage taking pole, which also happened to be their third pole of the season. The #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR of Kevin Estre and Khalid Al Qubaisi came in second ahead of third placed KCMG Porsche 911 RSR.
The 6 Hours of COTA will start at 17:00hrs local time in Austin.