Klaus Graf dominates Road America American Le Mans Series qualifying for Pickett Racing
|Friday, August 17th 2012, 22:07 GMT|
Pickett Racing's domination of the American Le Mans Series continued at Road America as a gearbox problem for the rival #16 Dyson Lola-Mazda left Klaus Graf to take an uncontested pole in Pickett's HPD.
With Chris Dyson and Guy Smith sitting out the session and destined to start at the back, Graf claimed pole by three seconds over Dyson's #20 car, driven by Eric Lux.
The other four classes were significantly more competitive. Just 0.6s covered the top seven GT cars around the four-mile track, although it was an all-Flying Lizard Porsche battle for pole. Marco Holzer sprang a surprise as he edged out team-mate Jorg Bergmeister by just 0.013s to put the team's less-fancied #44 car on top and claim his maiden ALMS pole. Points leaders Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner will start next up in third for Corvette.
Conquest's Martin Plowman overcame Level 5's Christophe Bouchut for LMP2 pole. In the one-make classes, a big lap from Kyle Marcelli took Merchant Services clear of the LMPC pack, and Jeroen Bleekemolen held off Green Hornet driver Damien Faulkner to take GTC pole for Alex Job Racing.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. P1 Luhr/Graf Pickett HPD 1m50.191s 2. P1 Marsal/Lux/Burgess Dyson Lola-Mazda 1m53.392s 3. P2 Plowman/Heinemeier Hansson Conquest Morgan-Nissan 1m54.218s 4. P2 Tucker/Bouchut Level 5 HPD 1m54.407s 5. P2 Tucker/Diaz Level 5 HPD 1m55.977s 6. PC Marcelli/Ducote/French Merchant FLM 1m57.172s 7. PC Popow/Kimber-Smith/Bennett CORE FLM 1m57.790s 8. PC Junqueira/Gonzalez RSR FLM 1m57.829s 9. P2 Dempsey/Foster/Devlin Dempsey Lola-Judd 1m58.150s 10. PC Junco/Franchitti PR1 Mathiasen FLM 1m58.230s 11. PC Downs/Downs/Downs Merchant FLM 1m59.498s 12. PC Richard/Ende Dempsey FLM 1m59.874s 13. GT Neiman/Holzer Flying Lizard Porsche 2m04.415s 14. GT Bergmeister/Long Flying Lizard Porsche 2m04.428s 15. GT Gavin/Milner Corvette 2m04.871s 16. GT Muller/Auberlen RLL BMW 2m04.913s 17. GT Magnussen/Garcia Corvette 2m04.921s 18. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Extreme Speed Ferrari 2m04.994s 19. GT Muller/Summerton RLL BMW 2m05.098s 20. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 2m06.640s 21. GT Sweedler/Bell Alex Job Lotus 2m07.177s 22. GT Miller/Maassen Miller Porsche 2m07.182s 23. GT Wittmer/Farnbacher SRT Viper 2m08.556s 24. GT Goossens/Kendall SRT Viper 2m09.609s 25. GT Brown/Cosmo Extreme Speed Ferrari 2m10.588s 26. GTC MacNeil/Bleekemolen Alex Job Porsche 2m12.773s 27. GTC LeSaffre/Faulkner Green Hornet Porsche 2m12.804s 28. GTC Huisman/Wong Green Hornet Porsche 2m13.339s 29. GTC Benitez/Benitez NGT Porsche 2m14.020s 30. GTC Di Guida/Pumpelly TRG Porsche 2m14.039s 31. GTC Cumming/Ragginger JDX Porsche 2m14.717s 32. GTC Faieta/Avenatti Competition Porsche 2m14.744s 33. GTC Sofronas/Welch/Villeneuve GMG Porsche 2m14.891s 34. PC Bennett/Braun CORE FLM 35. P1 Dyson/Smith Dyson Lola-Mazda