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.


Qualifying result

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


Race result

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
1 LMP1 1 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest France Benoît Tréluyer
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Germany André Lotterer
Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 191
Audi TDI 3.7 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
2 LMP1 2 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 190
Audi TDI 3.7 L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
3 LMP1 21 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Danny Watts
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
HPD ARX-03a M 185
Honda LM-AR6 3.4 L V8
4 LMP1 12 Switzerland Rebellion Racing France Nicolas Prost
Switzerland Neel Jani
Lola B12/60 M 184
Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8
5 LMP1 13 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Switzerland Harold Primat
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Lola B12/60 M 181
Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8
6 LMP2 49 Argentina Pecom Racing Germany Pierre Kaffer
France Nicolas Minassian
Argentina Luís Pérez Companc
Oreca 03 D 179
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
7 LMP2 23 France Signatech-Nissan France Jordan Tresson
France Olivier Lombard
France Franck Mailleux
Oreca 03 D 177
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
8 LMP2 44 United States Starworks Motorsport France Stéphane Sarrazin
United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith
Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio
HPD ARX-03b D 177
Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
9 LMP2 32 Germany Lotus United States Kevin Weeda
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi
Lola B12/80 D 177
Lotus 3.6 L V8
10 LMP2 26 France Signatech-Nissan France Pierre Ragues
Russia Roman Rusinov
France Nelson Panciatici
Oreca 03 D 176
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
11 LMP2 24 France OAK Racing France Olivier Pla
France Matthieu Lahaye
France Jacques Nicolet
Morgan LMP2 D 172
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
12 LMP2 41 United Kingdom Greaves Motorsport Ecuador Elton Julian
Mexico Ricardo González
Germany Christian Zugel
Zytek Z11SN D 170
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
51 Italy AF Corse Finland Toni Vilander
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 170
Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8
97 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Darren Turner
Germany Stefan Mücke
Aston Martin Vantage GTE M 169
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
77 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Austria Richard Lietz
Germany Marc Lieb
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 169
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
71 Italy AF Corse Monaco Olivier Beretta1
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 169
Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8
88 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Germany Christian Ried
Italy Gianluca Roda
Italy Paolo Ruberti
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 165
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
61 Italy AF Corse-Waltrip United States Robert Kauffman
United States Brian Vickers
Portugal Rui Águas
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 164
Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8
57 United States Krohn Racing United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Italy Michele Rugolo
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 162
Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8
20 LMP2 25 United Kingdom ADR-Delta Thailand Tor Graves
Australia John Martin
Oreca 03 D 161
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
50 France Larbre Compétition France Patrick Bornhauser
France Julien Canal
Brazil Fernando Rees
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 157
GM LS1 5.5 L V8
70 France Larbre Compétition France Jean-Philippe Belloc
France Christophe Bourret
France Pascal Gibon
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 153
GM LS1 5.5 L V8
55 United Kingdom JWA-Avila Switzerland Joël Camathias
Denmark Benny Simonsen
United Kingdom Paul Daniels
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR P 150
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
DNF LMP1 7 Japan Toyota Racing Austria Alexander Wurz
France Nicolas Lapierre
Toyota TS030 Hybrid M 144
Toyota 3.4 L V8
DNF LMP2 31 Germany Lotus Italy Luca Moro
Germany Thomas Holzer
Lola B12/80 D 103
Lotus 3.6 L V8
DNF LMP2 29 United Arab Emirates Gulf Racing Middle East Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
Japan Keiko Ihara
France Fabien Giroix
Lola B12/80 D 97
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
DNF LMP1 22 United Kingdom JRM United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
India Karun Chandhok
Australia David Brabham
HPD ARX-03a M 61
Honda LM-AR6 3.4 L V8
DNF LMP2 35 France OAK Racing United Kingdom Alex Brundle
Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Belgium 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]


  1. ^ a b "LE MANS: Audi Sweeps WEC Six Hours Of Bahrain". Speed Channel, Inc. September 29, 2012. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  2. ^ "FIA WEC 6 Hours of Bahrain Qualifying Practice Provisional Classification by Driver Fastest Lap" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. September 28, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "6 Hours of Bahrain FIA WEC Final Classification" (PDF). Al Kamel Systems. September 29, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.

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