FIA WEC: Farewell victory for Audi; Porsche's Lieb, Jani, Dumas are world champions
Audi Sport Team Joest scored an emotional 1-2 victory in its final FIA WEC race at Bahrain International Circuit. The #8 Audi R18 was a dominant car today, starting from pole position and scoring second victory of the season for Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis. Their teammates in the #7 car – Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Andre Lotterer, finished second. The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of reigning world champions Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard crossed the finish line in the third place.
For Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, the crew in the #2 Porsche, the sixth-place finish was good enough to clinch the world championship title for drivers, adding this title to manufacturers’ title which Porsche secured in the previous round.
GT trophies for #95 Aston Martin and #83 Ferrari
G-Drive Racing’s #26 Oreca 05 (Nissan) scores its third consecutive victory in LMP2 class, with Rene Rast, Roman Rusinov and Alex Brundle as drivers, but the title was already taken by Signatech’s Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Richelmi. In the LM GTE Pro class, Aston Martin’s Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen confirmed their championship-winning form with second win of the season for #95 Vantage.
In the LM GTE Am class, Bahrain’s race was disappointing for the #98 Aston Martin’s crew, which had to pull of because of engine problems. Despite most wins of all teams (five wins in nine races), the championship trophy goes to AF Corse’s Emmanuel Collard, Francois Perrodo and Rui Aguas. The #83 Ferrari was third today, behind two Porsches of Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing and KCMG.