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1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
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7 Joel Miller 168
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9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

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1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

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1 Antonio Garcia 182
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2 Bill Auberlen 179
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4 Ryan Briscoe 169
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5 Patrick Pilet 159
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8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
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Audi secures final pole in Bahrain

Next year they are gone
Friday, November 18, 2016


No. 8 Audi on pole
No. 8 Audi on pole

Lucas di Grassi (BR) and Oliver Jarvis (GB) achieved two personal bests and secured the best possible starting base for Audi at the last sports car event in the company's history.

Audi came out of an emotional roller coaster stronger in Bahrain on Friday. The number 8 Audi R18 secured the top spot on the grid in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) finale, in spite of an engine change required for safety reasons directly before qualifying. Now having achieved six best times in nine qualifying sessions, the premium brand clearly dominated these statistics in the 2016 season.

Lucas di Grassi, having set a lap time of 1m 38.828s, celebrated a new record – being clocked 0.842 seconds faster than Timo Bernhard last year and 0.511 faster than his quickest rival this weekend – who, again, was Timo Bernhard.

"I'm absolutely happy. This track record in qualifying is amazing," said di Grassi. "My teammate Oliver Jarvis delivered the basis for our result by the good time he set." For the Briton, this means a premiere. For the first time in his sports car career, Jarvis clinched a pole position with Audi.

"The Audi R18 was fantastic to drive. I was able to give my all – on just a single set of tires," said Jarvis.

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich was happy about the performance of his squad: "Our team did a superb job, perfectly managed the engine change and prepared a car for our drivers in which they were more than two tenths faster than our best rival. Thank you for this team performance."

While the fastest Audi achieved an advantage of 0.264 seconds on the averaged two best laps, the sister car, number 7, set the fourth-best time. André Lotterer (D) and Marcel Fassler (CH) were short 0.491 seconds of their teammates' result.

"I'm not completely happy today," said the German. "On both outings, I made a braking mistake on entering turn one. But I'm confident for Saturday because we have a good car over the distance."

Marcel Fassler, who together with Lotterer had clinched three pole positions this year, was unhappy with his performance as well: "My car felt good, but I simply didn't manage a perfect lap."

For Audi, this marked the 81st pole position in total since the beginning of the LMP program in 1999, and the 16th best time in qualifying on 41 FIA WEC weekends since 2012.

"Congratulations to the squad on this tremendous final performance," said Stefan Dreyer, Head of LMP at Audi Sport. "We've laid a solid foundation for showing everything once again in our final LMP race.

‘Thanks a lot' to the squad of number 8 for the top performance in changing the engine during the time between free practice and qualifying. We're confident after the practice and qualifying sessions. We have an endurance race before us in which we intend to say goodbye to the WEC with maximum success."

The 6 Hours of Bahrain will start on Saturday at 16:00 local time (14:00 CET). Eurosport is going to offer free video live streaming of the entire race on its German website and will show the final stage (17:00–20:00 CET) live on Eurosport 1. Audi is keeping its fans up to speed on Facebook (AudiSport) and Twitter (@audisport).

Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley stole second in closing stages

Title leaders Marc Lieb and Neel Jani claimed third position as they enter race needing just a fifth place finish.

Toyota will start fifth and sixth as the No.6 TS 050 HYBRID heads the No.5 car

The No. 67 Ford will start 4th
The No. 67 Ford will start 4th
Rebellion Racing claimed another LMP1 Privateer pole position as Kraihamer and Imperatori combined to head ByKolles entry which suffered technical problems

The No.97 Aston Martin driven by Darren Turner and late replacement Jonny Adam took their first pole of season to head an Aston Martin 1-2 in LMGTE Pro

Title leaders Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim start second as they look to score necessary points to take the LMGTE Pro crown.

The GT Manufacturers' title fight comes down to 9 points as Aston Martin reduced the gap to Ferrari with one pole point.

All times from qualifying can be found HERE. Tomorrow's 9th and final round of the 2016 FIA WEC season will be the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain, starting at 16h00 local time and running into the night.

Qualifying Results

18LMP1Lucas DI GRASSI, Loic DUVAL, Oliver JARVISAudi R181'39.207+0.000s
21LMP1Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEYPorsche 919 Hybrid1'39.471+0.264
32LMP1Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEBPorsche 919 Hybrid1'39.669+0.462
47LMP1Marcel FASSLER, Andre LOTTERER, Benoît TRELUYERAudi R181'39.698+0.491
56LMP1Stephane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY, Kamui KOBAYASHIToyota TS050 - Hybrid1'40.222+1.015
65LMP1Anthony DAVIDSON, Sebastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMAToyota TS050 - Hybrid1'40.776+1.569
713LMP1Matheo TUSCHER, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Alexandre IMPERATORIRebellion R-One - AER1'45.091+5.884
836LMP2Gustavo MENEZES, Nicolas LAPIERRE, Stephane RICHELMIAlpine A460 - Nissan1'49.690+10.483
944LMP2Matthew RAO, Richard BRADLEY, Alex LYNNOreca 05 - Nissan1'50.034+10.827
1043LMP2Ricardo GONZALEZ, Filipe ALBUQUERQUE, Bruno SENNALIGIER JS P2 - Nissan1'50.410+11.203
1130LMP2Tom DILLMANN, Giedo VAN DER GARDE, Sean GELAELLIGIER JS P2 - Nissan1'50.685+11.478
1245LMP2Julien CANAL, Roberto GONZALEZ, Roberto MERHIOreca 05 - Nissan1'50.800+11.593
1331LMP2Ryan DALZIEL, Luis Felipe DERANI, Christopher CUMMINGLIGIER JS P2 - Nissan1'51.071+11.864
1435LMP2David CHENG, Ho-Pin TUNG, Paul Loup CHATINAlpine A460 - Nissan1'51.185+11.978
1527LMP2Nicolas MINASSIAN, Maurizio MEDIANI, Mikhail ALESHINBR01 - Nissan1'51.427+12.220
1637LMP2Vitaly PETROV, Kirill LADYGIN, Victor SHAITARBR01 - Nissan1'51.475+12.268
197LMGTE ProJonathan ADAM, Darren TURNER,Aston Martin Vantage V81'56.953+0.000s
295LMGTE ProNicki THIIM, Marco SORENSEN,Aston Martin Vantage V81'57.081+0.128
351LMGTE ProGianmaria BRUNI, James CALADO,Ferrari 488 GTE1'57.380+0.427
467LMGTE ProAndy PRIAULX, Harry TINCKNELL,Ford GT1'57.891+0.938
571LMGTE ProDavide RIGON, Sam BIRD,Ferrari 488 GTE1'58.201+1.248
666LMGTE ProStefan MUCKE, Olivier PLA,Ford GT1'58.504+1.551
777LMGTE ProRichard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN,Porsche 911 RSR (2016)1'58.882+1.929
898LMGTE AmPaul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDAAston Martin Vantage V81'59.879+2.926
983LMGTE AmFrancois PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUASFerrari F458 Italia2'00.227+3.274
1050LMGTE AmPierre RAGUES, Ricky TAYLOR, Romain BRANDELAChevrolet Corvette C7-Z062'00.938+3.985
1186LMGTE AmMichael WAINWRIGHT, Adam CARROLL, Benjamin BARKERPorsche 911 RSR2'02.112+5.159
1278LMGTE AmChristian RIED, Wolf HENZLER, Joel CAMATHIASPorsche 911 RSR2'39.576+42.623

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