Audi fills front row for Austin World Endurance Championship round

Audi blocked out the front row in qualifying for the Austin round of the World Endurance Championship

Audi fills front row for Austin World Endurance Championship round

Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer took pole position aboard the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with a 1m45.842s average that put them 0.141 seconds up on team-mates Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis.

Fassler was fastest on the first runs with a 1m45.798s until losing the time for exceeding his fuel allocation for the lap.

That left the #8 Audi out front with a 1m45.885s from Loic Duval and the #7 car just under a tenth behind.

Lotterer set the fastest lap of the session with a 1m45.703s, a time that eclipsed the best from Jarvis by three tenths after the Briton hit traffic on two of his three laps.

The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley took third position with a 1m46.560s average.

The second Porsche in which Neel Jani had led the chase of the Audis in the first runs was third until the best lap from Romain Dumas was deleted for a track limits violation.

That allowed Toyota to take fourth with an average of 1m47.218s from Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi

Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi took sixth in the second TS050 HYBRID, which like its sister car only used one set of tyres.

Alexandre Imperatori and Dominik Kraihamer took LMP1 privateer honours in the Rebellion-AER R-One by nine tenths from the ByKolles CLM-AER P1/01 of Simon Trummer and Oliver Webb.

The championship-leading Signatech Alpine LMP2 team took its first class pole of the season with Gustavo Menezes and Nicolas Lapierre.

They ended up with a 1m55.582s average aboard their ORECA-Nissan 05, which put them nearly a second up on the Manor ORECA qualified by Roberto Merhi and Matt Rao.

The RGR Sport Ligier-Nissan JSP2 of Bruno Senna and Ricardo Gonzalez was a further half second back in third.

The G-Drive Racing ORECA that has been on pole four times this season will line up last of the P2 runners after Alex Brundle lost all his times for repeated track limits violations.

Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim took a third consecutive GTE Pro pole for Aston Martin.

Sorensen had been within five hundredths of the two AF Corse Ferraris that led the way after the first runs, before Thiim went a tenth faster than his team-mate in the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

That gave them a 2m04.610s, which put them 0.042s ahead of the AF Ferrari 488 GTE shared by Davide Rigon and Sam Bird.

The Ganassi Ford squad, which had topped two of the free practice sessions, took third with Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla on a 2m04.804s average.

Gianmaria Bruni set the fastest lap of the session in the other Ferrari, but James Calado was unable to get within half a second of his co-driver, dropping the car to fourth.

Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana claimed qualifying honours in GTE Am for Aston Martin despite failure of their traction control system.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m45.750s -
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m45.983s 0.233s
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m46.560s 0.810s
4 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m47.218s 1.468s
5 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m47.331s 1.581s
6 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1m48.584s 2.834s
7 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m53.646s 7.896s
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 1m54.577s 8.827s
9 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m55.892s -
10 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, R.Merhi Manor ORECA/Nissan 1m56.873s -
11 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 1m57.367s -
12 LMP2 N.Leventis, L.Williamson, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m57.536s -
13 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, N.Panciatici Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m58.060s -
14 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m58.379s -
15 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 1m58.394s -
16 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 1m58.769s -
17 LMP2 S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 2m00.631s -
18 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m04.610s -
19 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.652s -
20 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m04.804s -
21 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m04.821s -
22 GTE Pro D.Turner, F.Rees Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m04.889s -
23 GTE Pro M.Franchitti, A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 2m05.057s -
24 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 2m06.060s -
25 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m07.683s -
26 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, K.Estre Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 2m08.295s -
27 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 2m08.816s -
28 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 2m09.119s -
29 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 2m09.187s -
30 GTE Am L.Viljoen, P.Ragues, R.Taylor Larbre Competition Chevrolet 2m09.190s -
31 LMP2 R.Rusinov, R.Rast, A.Brundle G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 1m57.208s -

shares
comments
Austin WEC: Audi's Duval beats Porsches in third practice

Previous article

Austin WEC: Audi's Duval beats Porsches in third practice

Next article

Porsche's Webber/Hartley/Bernhard beat faster Audi in Austin WEC

Porsche's Webber/Hartley/Bernhard beat faster Audi in Austin WEC
Load comments
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Plus

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year

WEC
Jul 24, 2021
How glitches left Toyota 'worried' about losing unbeaten WEC streak Plus

How glitches left Toyota 'worried' about losing unbeaten WEC streak

The World Endurance Championship's long-awaited return to Monza posed the sternest test yet for Toyota's new hypercar. Although the Japanese marque's GR010 HYBRID remains unbeaten, the victory for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi was far from plain sailing

WEC
Jul 19, 2021
How the next step in the IMSA and WEC convergence can reunite multiple fronts Plus

How the next step in the IMSA and WEC convergence can reunite multiple fronts

OPINION: Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Plus

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness

WEC
Jun 23, 2021
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear Plus

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge helped Toyota to keep clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance

WEC
Jun 14, 2021
Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts Plus

Toyota hits the ton — charting 100 world championship sportscar starts

The Japanese manufacturer is celebrating its 100th world championship prototype start in this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Plus

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

OPINION: Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Plus

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory

WEC
May 4, 2021