FIA World Endurance Championship

Audi Sport Team Joest Lock Out Front Row For WEC At Nürburgring (23.07.16)

With the top three in LMP1 qualifying identical to the first round at Silverstone, Audi Sport Team Joest locked out the front row for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring with the #7 Audi R18 qualified by Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer on pole and the #8 car, qualified by Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis, in second.

The #7 Audi R18 qualified on pole with an aggregate time of 1:30.444. André Lotterer put in a 1:39.239 on his fourth lap of five with Marcel Fässler just over four tenths of a second behind with a 1:39.649 on his fourth lap. In the #8 Audi R18, Oliver Jarvis put in a 1:40.644 on his third lap while Lucas di Grassi drove the fastest lap of qualifying with a 1:38.777 on his second lap.

Porsche Team will start third on the grid with the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid after Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard put in an aggregate 1:39.861. Tim Bernhard was the fastest of the two qualifying drivers for the #1 car when he put in a 1:39.678 on his fourth lap while Mark Webber drove a 1:40.044.

The #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 05 took its third pole of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season when Roman Rusinov and René Rast put in an aggregate pole time of 1:48.984. Rusinov drove a 1:49.675 on his fifth lap while Rast was 1.4 seconds faster with a 1:48.294 on his second lap.

Reminiscent of the second round of the championship at Spa-Francorchamps, the #36 Signatech Alpine A460 qualified second with a 1:49.727, the qualifying session being driven by Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes. Completing the top three for the fourth round of the season was the #42 Strakka Racing Gibson 015S with new driver for this round, Lewis Williamson putting in a 1:49.762 to compliment his co-driver Jonny Kane’s 1:49.600 to qualify with a 1:49.762

LMGTE Pro saw two Aston Martins sandwich a Ford GT. The #95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage qualified on class pole with a 2:01.712. Nicki Thiim drove a 1:59.033 while Marco Sørensen put in a 2:04.392. The #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT will line up second on the grid after Stefan Mücke put in a 2:01.034 and Olivier Pla drove a 2:02.884 for an aggregate 2:01.959.

The #97 Aston Martin Vantage will complete the top three in class after Richie Stanaway and Darren Turner qualified the car with a 2:02.220.

Less then four-tenths of a second covered the top three in LMGTE Am with two Porsche 911 RSRs taking the top slots in class. The #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche took class pole with a 2.06.011 and the #78 KCMG car will line up second in class with a 2:06.197. The top three were rounded out by the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage with a 2:06.372

The lights go out for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring at 1.00pm local time on July 24.