G-Drive Racing Stripped of Bahrain Pole Position


G-Drive Racing has lost its LMP2 class pole position for tomorrow’s World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain.

A breach of the technical regulations was found during the mandatory scrutineering checks made after qualifying.

The fault was down to the two front brake cooling ducts not being fitted with mesh, as per the homologation guidelines.

As a result, the #26 ORECA 05-Nissan will start from the back of the grid, behind the GTE-Am field.

Signatech Alpine will assume the class pole position.

The Russian G-Drive Racing squad, run by Jota Sport, had clinched what it thought was its sixth pole position of 2016 in a close session on Friday.

Rene Rast set the fastest lap of the session – a 1:48.644 – to lower his and team-mate Roman Rusinov’s average below that of the French Signatech squad.

Rast and Rusinov will share the car with Alex Brundle during the season-ending six hour contest.