Audi Goes Out A Winner In Bahrain

While Porsche drivers capture championship

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The Audi R18 shared by drivers Lucas Di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis won Saturday's World Endurance Championship finale during the Six Hours of Bahrain. (Audi photo)

Audi ended its 18-year run in the World Endurance Championship with a one-two finish in Saturday’s Six Hours of Bahrain at Bahrain Int’l Circuit.

While Audi drivers Lucas Di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis took their second victory of the season ahead of Audi R18 teammates Marcel Fässler, Benoit Tréluyer and André Lotterer, Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani secured the WEC driver’s championship with a sixth-place finish.

It was the first one-two finish of the season for Audi and the manufacturer has won 107 of its 187 races since entering the series in 1999.

With the Porsche trio of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani celebrating the championship, their teammates Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber finished third.

“For us the chance for a podium was over after one hour into the race,” Dumas said. “After Neel had contact with another car our 919 felt strange. We had a little oversteer everywhere. But, because of the championship situation, we didn’t have to push. For us it was important to finish the race reliably and avoid any mistakes – I’m relieved it worked out.”

It was the final race for Webber, who announced several weeks ago he would retire following the season finale.

Rebellion Racing earned the LMP 1 Privateer class victory with drivers Mathias Tuscher, Dominik Kraihamer and Alexandre Imperatori, while Rene Rast, Roman Rusinov and Alex Brundle topped the LMP2 class aboard an Oreca-Nissan.

Aston Martin with drivers Nicki Thim and Marco Sorenson won in the GT Le Mans class.