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Audi Sweeps Front Row for 6H Silverstone

Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler lead Audi 1-2 in qualifying at Silverstone…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Audi has swept the front row for Sunday’s Six Hours of Silverstone, breaking Porsche’s previous stranglehold in qualifying in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler ended on top of the 20-minute, drying qualifying session, combining for a best two-lap average of 1:53.204 in their No. 7 Audi R18.

Their combined time was 0.104 seconds quicker than teammates Loid Duval and Lucas Di Grassi by 0.104 seconds.

Lotterer and Fassler’s top qualifying effort broke Porsche’s 11-race pole streak in WEC and marked the first pole for the German manufacturer since Fuji in 2013.

The 2013 World Champions will share the wheel of their new diesel-powered contender with Benoit Treluyer in Sunday’s season-opener.

Porsche was relegated to third and fourth on the grid, with the No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley only able to reel off a 1:54.150 average, which was nearly one-second slower than the Audi.

The sister Porsche 919 Hybrid, qualified by Neel Jani and Romain Dumas, was fourth, followed by the pair of Toyota TS050 Hybrids, which both battled boost issues in the session.

ByKolles Racing scored top qualifying honors in LMP1 Privateer, after at least one driver from each Rebellion R-One AER did not set laps in the 20-minute session.

A late flyer by Rene Rast, in drying conditions, saw G-Drive Racing score pole in the LMP2 class.

Rast and co-driver Roman Rusinov’s average of 2:08.479 put the Jota Sport-run squad on pole in its full-season debut. They’ll be joined at the wheel of the No. 26 Oreca 05 Nissan by Nathanael Berton on Sunday.

The No. 31 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier JS P2 Nissan qualified second, thanks to Pipo Derani and Chris Cumming’s 2:09.632 average.

Derani, meanwhile, set the session’s quickest single quickest lap, just 0.059 seconds quicker than Rast’s best.

The No. 43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier Nissan will start third in class, with the pair of SMP Racing BR Engineering BR01 Nissans completing the top-five in class.

The Six Hours of Silverstone gets underway Sunday at 12 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) with live coverage on FOX Sports 1.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Jessie

    April 16, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Toyota 5 and 7 seconds behind What ?

    • Jack

      April 16, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Rain, I think Toyota has less downforce than the others. I think their car will be a lot closer in the dry.

      • Phil Oakley

        April 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        Toyota had a turbo boost issue during qualifying.

        • jack

          April 16, 2016 at 1:17 pm

          both?

  2. Andrew

    April 16, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Fassler, Lotterer and Treluyer were 2012 world champions not 2013

  3. Milton

    April 16, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    That new R18 looks like it’s an F1 full body shell. Not complaining but, interesting

  4. NorthSask

    April 16, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    It’s amazing how close the LMP2 cars are to the LMP1 privateers this season. It’s a good thing the FIA/ACO is looking at making changes for 2017 because right now that is a lot of extra money to spend on LMP1 to run the same speed as a cost controlled P2.

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