Contested on Saturday evening, the ninth and final round of the 2016 FIA WEC saw Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes finish on the podium for the seventh time this season. This was no title decider, of course, since the no.36 Signatech-Alpine crew had already wrapped up the championship after the 6 Hours of Shanghai.
Rebellion Racing Ends 2016 FIA WEC On A High In Bahrain
REBELLION Racing finished on a high in Bahrain cementing five years of total domination of the LMP1 Privateer category of the FIA World Endurance. The #13 Rebellion R-One AER won the last race of the season, the 6 Hours of Bahrain.
Saying goodbye with a bang: Audi achieved an impressive one-two victory in the last race of its Le Mans prototypes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). After clinching pole position in qualifying, the Audi R18 diesel hybrid sports car went on to claim a lights-to-flag victory in the 6 Hours of Bahrain. In addition, Lucas di Grassi set the fastest race lap. As a result, Audi has clinched the vice-championship titles in the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications.
RGR Sport kept their track record of stellar performances alive with a 2nd place finish at the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the finale of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The eighteen points from the seventh podium finish of the year secured 2nd place in the Championship for the first-year team, only five points ahead of Russian crew, G-Drive Racing, who finished 3rd in the standings.
Quotes from the Audi team following the one-two victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) finale.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “There’s no sweeter way to end such a project than with a one-two victory. It was a very emotional race and the entire FIA WEC made it very difficult for us to quit. Today, you could tell that we’ve grown into a big family over many years. Now, we’re going to look ahead, giving our all in our new projects, just like we’ve come to be known. What happened in the WEC will not repeat itself. These 18 years of the sports car project have been a very important part of my professional life that I tremendously enjoyed. And I was fortunate enough to have always worked together with fantastic people.”
Qualifying for the 6 Hours of Bahrain was very tight on Friday afternoon at Sakhir. The Ferrari 488 GTEs of AF Corse no. 51 and no. 71 will set off on Saturday at 4 pm local time (2 pm CET) from third and fifth position. In the GTE-Am class the 458 Italia no. 83 of François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas just missed out on pole and will start second. The crew’s main aim will be to complete more than 70% of the race distance. If they achieve that the trio will have clinched the title.
RGR Sport has made it to the ninth and final round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance season in Bahrain. The Mexican team will be fighting to maintain their second place position after the French team of Signatech Alpine clinched the top spot after their performance in Shanghai. RGR Sport’s battle for second will be with the Russian team of G-Drive Racing in the #26 Oreca Nissan.
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