Silverstone ELMS: Oliver Turvey starts prototype career with pole
|By Gary Watkins||Saturday, April 13th 2013, 11:22 GMT|
McLaren Formula 1 test and development driver Oliver Turvey claimed pole position on his prototype debut for the opening round of the European Le Mans Series.
The former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner took pole for Saturday afternoon's three-hour race with a 1m48.032s lap aboard the Jota Sport Zytek-Nissan Z11SN.
That time put him eight tenths of a second ahead of Brendon Hartley in the Murphy Prototypes ORECA-Nissan 03.
Turvey, who shares the Jota Zytek with Simon Dolan, said: "I'm delighted to get pole for my first prototype race. I felt comfortable in the car and had three laps good enough for pole."
Third place went to Nelson Panciatici in the Signatech Alpine ORECA-Nissan with a time a further two tenths back on Hartley.
Pole in the GTE class was claimed by the new Ram Racing Ferrari team and Johnny Mowlem.
The Briton, who shares the fastest of the two Ram Ferrari 458 Italias with Matt Griffin, set a pole mark of 2m02.358s, which put him three tenths of a second ahead of Nick Tandy in the Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3-RSR.
Formula Renault graduate Paul-Loup Chatin was fastest in the LMPC class for the one-make Formula Le Mans ORECA-Chevrolet FLM09 prototypes, while Porsche Supercup race winner Kuba Giermaziak set pole in the GTC class for GT3 cars aboard the Momo Megatron DF1 Audi R8 LMS.
Pos Cl Qualifying Driver Team/Car Time Cl.gap 1. P2 Oliver Turvey Jota Zytek-Nissan 1m48.032s 2. P2 Brendon Hartley Murphy ORECA-Nissan 1m48.863s + 0.831s 3. P2 Nelson Panciatici Signatech Alpine-Nissan 1m49.063s + 1.031s 4. P2 Patric Niederhauser Race Performance ORECA-Judd 1m50.010s + 1.978s 5. P2 Frank Mailleux Morand Morgan-Judd 1m50.139s + 2.107s 6. P2 Jonathan Hirschi TDS ORECA-Nissan 1m50.157s + 2.125s 7. P2 Bastien Briere Boutsen ORECA-Nissan 1m52.072s + 4.040s 8. P2 Chris Dyson Greaves Zytek-Nissan 1m52.529s + 4.497s 9. PC Paul Loup Chatin ORECA FLM 1m54.102s 10. PC Soheil Ayari ORECA FLM 1m54.721s + 0.619s 11. P2 Olivier Porta DKR Lola-Judd 1m55.634s + 7.602s 12. PC Alex Loan ORECA FLM 1m58.310s + 4.208s 13. GTE Johnny Mowlem Ram Ferrari 2m02.358s 14. GTE Nick Tandy Proton Porsche 2m02.653s + 0.295s 15. GTE Francois Perrodo Prospeed Porsche 2m02.685s + 0.327s 16. GTE Federico Leo AF Ferrari 2m02.731s + 0.373s 17. GTE Andrea Bertolini JMW Ferrari 2m03.015s + 0.657s 18. GTC Kuba Giermaziak Megatron Audi 2m03.484s 19. GTC Andrew Smith Ecosse BMW 2m03.737s + 0.253s 20. GTC Lorenzo Case AF Ferrari 2m04.233s + 0.749s 21. GTE Franck Montecalvo Ram Ferrari 2m04.412s + 2.054s 22. GTE Yannick Mallegol AF Ferrari 2m05.198s + 2.840s 23. GTE Patrice Milesi IMSA Porsche 2m08.745s + 6.387s