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The 2012 6 Hours of Bahrain was an auto race held at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain on Saturday 29 September 2012. It was the inaugural running of the 6 Hours of Bahrain and the sixth round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

The race was dominated by Audi Sport Team Joest who swept to a 1-2 victory with Benoît Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer taking a one lap win over the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen. Nicolas Lapierre for Toyota lead early in the race only to pit with faulty number plate illumination, losing over ten minutes in the pits before ultimately retired after a collision. The Strakka Racing HPD claimed third, six laps behind the winners.

The LMP2 category was won by the Pecom Racing Oreca 03 driven by Pierre Kaffer, Nicolas Minassian and Luís Pérez Companc, who held a two lap gap over the bulk of the class Signatech's of Jordan Tresson, Olivier Lombard and Franck Mailleux finished in second place. The AF Corse Ferrari pair of Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella won LMGTE Pro by a lap over Aston Martin Racing, which allowed AF Corse to wrap up the class championship. AF Corse's Olivier Beretta, driving another Ferrari, was excluded from the event after making avoidable contact with Greaves Motorsports' Ricardo González.[1] Porsche won LMGTE Am class with the Team Felbermayr-Proton 997 of Christian Ried, Gianluca Roda and Paolo Ruberti leading by a lap over the Waltrip Ferrari.

Contents

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying resultEdit

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.[2]

Pos Class Team Driver Lap Time Grid
1 LMP1 #2 Audi Sport Team Joest Allan McNish 1:45.814 1
2 LMP1 #1 Audi Sport Team Joest Marcel Fässler 1:45.888 2
3 LMP1 #7 Toyota Racing Nicolas Lapierre 1:46.254 3
4 LMP1 #12 Rebellion Racing Neel Jani 1:47.638 4
5 LMP1 #21 Strakka Racing Danny Watts 1:48.446 5
6 LMP1 #22 JRM Karun Chandhok 1:48.784 6
7 LMP2 #44 Starworks Motorsport Stéphane Sarrazin 1:51.798 7
8 LMP2 #25 ADR-Delta John Martin 1:52.285 8
9 LMP2 #24 OAK Racing Olivier Pla 1:52.368 9
10 LMP2 #35 OAK Racing Dominik Kraihamer 1:52.609 10
11 LMP2 #49 Pecom Racing Nicolas Minassian 1:52.624 11
12 LMP2 #32 Lotus James Rossiter 1:52.696 12
13 LMP2 #26 Signatech-Nissan Roman Rusinov 1:53.328 13
14 LMP2 #31 Lotus Thomas Holzer 1:53.733 14
15 LMP2 #23 Signatech-Nissan Jordan Tresson 1:53.793 15
16 LMP2 #29 Gulf Racing Middle East Fabien Giroix 1:55.465 16
17 LMP2 #41 Greaves Motorsport Christian Zugel 1:58.603 17
18 LMGTE Pro #97 Aston Martin Racing Stefan Mücke 2:00.234 18
19 LMGTE Pro #77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Richard Lietz 2:00.532 19
20 LMGTE Pro #51 AF Corse Giancarlo Fisichella 2:01.522 20
21 LMGTE Pro #71 AF Corse Olivier Beretta 2:01.861 21
22 LMGTE Am #61 AF Corse-Waltrip Rui Águas 2:02.812 22
23 LMGTE Am #50 Larbre Compétition Fernando Rees 2:03.253 23
24 LMGTE Am #88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Paolo Ruberti 2:03.686 24
25 LMGTE Am #70 Larbre Compétition Christophe Bourret 2:04.934 25
26 LMGTE Am #55 JWA-Avila Joël Camathias 2:05.572 26
27 LMGTE Am #57 Krohn Racing Tracy Krohn 2:06.806 27
LMP1 #13 Rebellion Racing No Time 28

RaceEdit

Race resultEdit

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).[3]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 1   Audi Sport Team Joest   Benoît Tréluyer
  Marcel Fässler
  André Lotterer
Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 191
Audi TDI 3.7 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
2 LMP1 2   Audi Sport Team Joest   Allan McNish
  Tom Kristensen
Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 190
Audi TDI 3.7 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
3 LMP1 21   Strakka Racing   Jonny Kane
  Danny Watts
  Nick Leventis
HPD ARX-03a M 185
Honda LM-AR6 3.4 L V8
4 LMP1 12   Rebellion Racing   Nicolas Prost
  Neel Jani
Lola B12/60 M 184
Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8
5 LMP1 13   Rebellion Racing   Harold Primat
  Andrea Belicchi
Lola B12/60 M 181
Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8
6 LMP2 49   Pecom Racing   Pierre Kaffer
  Nicolas Minassian
  Luís Pérez Companc
Oreca 03 D 179
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
7 LMP2 23   Signatech-Nissan   Jordan Tresson
  Olivier Lombard
  Franck Mailleux
Oreca 03 D 177
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
8 LMP2 44   Starworks Motorsport   Stéphane Sarrazin
  Tom Kimber-Smith
  Enzo Potolicchio
HPD ARX-03b D 177
Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
9 LMP2 32   Lotus   Kevin Weeda
  James Rossiter
  Vitantonio Liuzzi
Lola B12/80 D 177
Lotus 3.6 L V8
10 LMP2 26   Signatech-Nissan   Pierre Ragues
  Roman Rusinov
  Nelson Panciatici
Oreca 03 D 176
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
11 LMP2 24   OAK Racing   Olivier Pla
  Matthieu Lahaye
  Jacques Nicolet
Morgan LMP2 D 172
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
12 LMP2 41   Greaves Motorsport   Elton Julian
  Ricardo González
  Christian Zugel
Zytek Z11SN D 170
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
13 LMGTE
Pro
51   AF Corse   Toni Vilander
  Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 170
Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8
14 LMGTE
Pro
97   Aston Martin Racing   Darren Turner
  Stefan Mücke
Aston Martin Vantage GTE M 169
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
15 LMGTE
Pro
77   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Richard Lietz
  Marc Lieb
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 169
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
16 LMGTE
Pro
71   AF Corse   Olivier Beretta1
  Andrea Bertolini
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 169
Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8
17 LMGTE
Am
88   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Christian Ried
  Gianluca Roda
  Paolo Ruberti
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 165
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
18 LMGTE
Am
61   AF Corse-Waltrip   Robert Kauffman
  Brian Vickers
  Rui Águas
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 164
Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8
19 LMGTE
Am
57   Krohn Racing   Tracy Krohn
  Niclas Jönsson
  Michele Rugolo
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 162
Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8
20 LMP2 25   ADR-Delta   Tor Graves
  John Martin
Oreca 03 D 161
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
21 LMGTE
Am
50   Larbre Compétition   Patrick Bornhauser
  Julien Canal
  Fernando Rees
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 157
GM LS1 5.5 L V8
22 LMGTE
Am
70   Larbre Compétition   Jean-Philippe Belloc
  Christophe Bourret
  Pascal Gibon
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 153
GM LS1 5.5 L V8
23 LMGTE
Am
55   JWA-Avila   Joël Camathias
  Benny Simonsen
  Paul Daniels
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR P 150
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
DNF LMP1 7   Toyota Racing   Alexander Wurz
  Nicolas Lapierre
Toyota TS030 Hybrid M 144
Toyota 3.4 L V8
(Hybrid)
DNF LMP2 31   Lotus   Luca Moro
  Thomas Holzer
Lola B12/80 D 103
Lotus 3.6 L V8
DNF LMP2 29   Gulf Racing Middle East   Jean-Denis Délétraz
  Keiko Ihara
  Fabien Giroix
Lola B12/80 D 97
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
DNF LMP1 22   JRM   Peter Dumbreck
  Karun Chandhok
  David Brabham
HPD ARX-03a M 61
Honda LM-AR6 3.4 L V8
DNF LMP2 35   OAK Racing   Alex Brundle
  Dominik Kraihamer
  Bertrand Baguette
Morgan LMP2 D 14
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
  • ^1 Olivier Beretta was excluded from the race by the stewards for making avoidable contact. The No. 71 Ferrari's result was not affected.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "LE MANS: Audi Sweeps WEC Six Hours Of Bahrain". speedtv.com. Speed Channel, Inc. September 29, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "FIA WEC 6 Hours of Bahrain Qualifying Practice Provisional Classification by Driver Fastest Lap" (PDF). fiawec.alkamelsystems.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. September 28, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "6 Hours of Bahrain FIA WEC Final Classification" (PDF). fiawec.alkamelsystems.com. Al Kamel Systems. September 29, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.


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