Baltimore ALMS: Klaus Graf's Pickett HPD takes another pole
|By Andrew van de Burgt||Friday, August 30th 2013, 22:02 GMT|
Klaus Graf will start on pole position for Saturday's American Le Mans Series race in Baltimore.
Pickett HPD driver Graf was comfortably faster than the only other LMP1 entry of Chris Dyson, who is back in the Dyson Lola-Mazda this weekend.
Debris on the straight-finish chicane caused the LMP2 session to be suspended. This created a 90-second shoot-out for pole but no one was able to usurp Ryan Briscoe. The Australian was almost half a second faster than Johannes van Overbeek in second.
Bill Auberlen led a surprise BMW one-two in GT qualifying following a great battle with fellow Z4 driver Joey Hand and the Corvettes.
Hand's car will, however, start at the back due to a ride-height infringement.
It was Auberlen's first pole position of the season and only the second time a BMW will start at the head of the super-competitive GT pack this year.
Tommy Milner was the quickest of the 'Vettes in third, while Patrick Long was the faster of the Porsche drivers in fourth. Both move up a spot with the BMW's demotion.
Jeroen Bleekemolen took pole position in the GTC class with a great effort aboard the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. His late run trumped the benchmark time set by Flying Lizard's Spencer Pumpelly. Brits Sean Edwards and Damien Faulkner fill out the second row.
The LMPC session was also red-flagged after Rusty Mitchell had a big crash at Turn 4. He climbed gingerly from the car, and was transported to a nearby hospital for further checks.
Dane Cameron kept his place at the head of the standings during a fraught final few minutes, during which Kyle Marcelli nicked second from Colin Braun.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time Cl. Gap 1. P1 Graf/Luhr Pickett HPD 1m25.290s 2. P1 Dyson/Smith Dyson Lola-Mazda 1m26.750s +1.460s 3. P2 Tucker/Briscoe Level 5 HPD 1m27.170s 4. P2 Brown/van Overbeek Extreme Speed HPD 1m27.669s +0.499s 5. P2 Sharp/Lazzaro Extreme Speed HPD 1m27.818s +0.648s 6. PC Guasch/Cameron PR1 Mathiasen FLM 1m28.235s 7. P2 Tucker/Cosmo/Franchitti Extreme Speed HPD 1m28.335s +1.165s 8. PC Marcelli/Cumming BAR1 FLM 1m28.518s +0.283s 9. PC Bennett/Braun CORE FLM 1m28.716s +0.481s 10. PC Junqueira/Popow RSR FLM 1m29.081s +0.846s 11. GT Auberlen/Martin RLL BMW 1m29.560s 12. GT Gavin/Milner Corvette 1m30.007s +0.447s 13. GT Long/Kimber-Smith CORE Porsche 1m30.104s +0.544s 14. GT Magnussen/Garcia Corvette 1m30.132s +0.572s 15. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 1m30.238s +0.678s 16. GT Farnbacher/Goossens SRT Viper 1m30.599s +1.039s 17. GT Beretta/Malucelli Risi Ferrari 1m30.900s +1.340s 18. GT Miller/Holzer Miller Porsche 1m31.352s +1.792s 19. GT Bomarito/Wittmer SRT Viper 1m31.358s +1.798s 20. GT Sweedler/Bell West/AJR Ferrari 1m31.494s +1.934s 21. PC Nunez/Shears Performance Tech FLM 1m32.234s +3.999s 22. GTC MacNeil/Bleekemolen Alex Job Porsche 1m34.322s 23. GTC Canache/Pumpelly Flying Lizard Porsche 1m34.515s +0.193s 24. GTC Cisneros/Edwards NGT Porsche 1m34.602s +0.280s 25. GTC Keating/Faulkner TRG Porsche 1m34.781s +0.459s 26. PC Mitchell/Drissi BAR1 FLM 1m34.905s +6.670s 27. GTC Carter/Estre TRG Porsche 1m34.949s +0.627s 28. GTC Hedlund/Heylen JDX Porsche 1m35.371s +1.049s 29. GTC Neiman/von Moltke Flying Lizard Porsche 1m35.496s +1.174s 30. GTC Dempsey/Lally Dempsey Del Piero Porsche 1m35.501s +1.179s 31. GTC Bunting/Siedler TRG Porsche 32. GT Muller/Hand RLL BMW