Audi produced a one-two finish in Bahrain to mark its final prototype endurance racing appearance. The race was won by the N°8 R18 (Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis) ahead of the N°7 sister car (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler). Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb are the 2016 FIA WEC Drivers’ champions, while Ferrari/Michelin won the GT Manufacturers World Cup.
The pole-winning N°8 Audi R18/Michelin dominated the last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship which ended after nightfall at Sakhir International Circuit today.
Loïc Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis claimed their second win of the season to finish second in the Drivers’ championship, 12.5 points short of Le Mans victors Romain Dumas, Neel Jani et Marc Lieb.
The latter trio was involved in a tangle on Lap 2 but the N°6 Toyota Hybrid of title challengers Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi could manage no better than fifth at the flag.
Mark Webber (N°1 Porsche/Michelin) concluded his glittering career in third place behind the N°7 Audi (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler) as the German make ended an 18-year spell in prototype racing that harvested 107 wins with Michelin.
In LM GTE Pro, victory for the N°95 Vantage handed the Teams’ crown to Aston Martin Racing and the Drivers’ title to Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen. The N°51 (Bruni/Calado) and N°71 (Rigon/Bird) Michelin-equipped Ferraris earned the GT Manufacturers’ title for the Italian make.
There was a one-two finish for Porsche/Michelin in LM GTE Am with the N°88 (Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing) and N°78 (KCMG) 911 RSRs after the N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin suffered an engine issue. The class’s Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns ended up in the hands of AF Corse and Emmanuel Collard/François Perrodo/Rui Aguas (N°83 Ferrari/Michelin) respectively.
The LM P2 class was on by the N°26 Oreca-Nissan (G-Drive Racing), ahead of the N°43 Ligier-Nissan (RGR) and the 2016 title-winning N°36 Alpine.