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 -

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