Despite a tough season, Audi Sport Team Joest ended its career on top with a 1-2 finish at the 6-Hours of Bahrain this weekend.
The race was an emotional farewell for the team, which announced only recently that it won’t be back next season, despite having been one of the most successful teams ever to participate in endurance racing.
The team put on a clinic, ending the season the only appropriate way, with the only car beating Audi Sport Team Joest car #7, being Audi Sport Team Joest’s car #8.
The R18 diesel hybrid raced by Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval, and Oliver Jarvis led the race from the start, briefly giving up the lead to Marcel Fassler, Andre Lottere, and Benoit Treluyer’s number 7 car, but taking it back before the end of the race.
“Thank you to the whole squad for an impeccable performance. You couldn’t wish for a sweeter farewell,” said Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Motorsport. “Our competitors and the FIA WEC gave us a very emotional finale with many nice gestures, and we are saying thank you with the best possible sporting result for so many years of tremendous racing: an unforgettable weekend!”
When Audi took the two top spots on the podium (sharing it with a Porsche driven by Mark Webber in the last race of his career) they also took back second place in the manufacturers’ standings, getting them back ahead of Toyota.
The drivers of the #8 car also earned themselves second place, collectively, in the drivers’ standings, again behind the Porsche of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, and Neel Jani.