Rebellion Racing will start the final race of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season from fifth on the grid.
Nicolas Prost and Mathias Beche took driving duties in the 25 minute qualifying session, setting an average lap time of 1:46.728, starting behind the closely matched pair of Audis and Toyotas. The result means that Rebellion take their eighth ‘pole position’ in the LMP1 Privateer Trophy, although Rebellion is the only team to compete in the Trophy since Strakka Racing’s withdrawal after the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“I made two good laps in quali, without competition it’s hard to push at the maximum, but I am quite pleased with my lap times,” said Prost. “It was good for me to do the qualifying as I didn’t have many chances to do that recently. The cooler weather compared to last year will be helpful for the race. I hope we can secure a good result for the last race of the Lola Coupé.”
Rebellion go into Bahrain hoping to take on the two pairs of hybrids and take its third podium of the season, having taken third in Sao Paolo and Fuji.
“Nico and Mathias did a good job in qualifying, but the pace of the factory cars was too much for us today,” said Rebellion Racing team manager Bart Hayden. “We are focused on producing the best result for the last race of the Lola Coupé, but to be honest our minds are largely engaged into the R-One programme and the 2014 season.”