Austin ALMS: Pickett's Luhr and BMW's Hand take overall and GT poles
|By Gary Watkins||Friday, September 20th 2013, 20:39 GMT|
Lucas Luhr claimed pole position for Saturday's American Le Mans Series race at the wheel of the Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c.
Luhr, who sealed the ALMS LMP1 title with team-mate Klaus Graf last time out in Baltimore, took pole in wet conditions by nearly three seconds from Marino Franchitti in the best of the Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b LMP2s.
The second fastest P1 car was the Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda B12/60 driven by Chris McMurry in fifth place behind the two Extreme Speed Motorsports P2 HPDs driven by Johannes van Overbeek and Anthony Lazzaro respectively.
Luhr said: "I did one timed lap and one slow lap to try to cool the tyres, and then did another fast one. It worked out pretty good."
GT honours went to Joey Hand, who was a late replacement for Maxime Martin in the #55 BMW Z4, in the best of the Rahal team's entries.
He claimed pole with his first flying lap to edge out Antonio Garcia's Chevrolet Corvette C6.R by just under three tenths of a second.
Renger van de Zande took his first pole with the DragonSpeed squad in the LMPC class for one-make ORECA-Chevrolet FLM09s, while Damien Faulker was fastest in the GTC Porsche division for The Racers Group.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time Cl Gap 1. P1 Graf/Luhr Pickett HPD 2m07.851s 2. P1 Burgess/McMurry Dyson Lola-Maza 2m12.837s +4.986s 3. P1 Meyrick/Legge DeltaWing 2m15.845s +7.994s 4. P2 Tucker/Franchitti/Cosmo Level 5 HPD 2m10.573s 5. P2 Brown/van Overbeek Extreme Speed HPD 2m11.869s +1.296s 6. P2 Sharp/Lazzaro Extreme Speed HPD 2m12.100s +1.527s 7. P2 Tucker/Briscoe Level HPD 8. PC Schultis/van der Zande DragonSpeed FLM 2m17.865s 9. PC Dalziel/Pew Starworks FLM 2m18.929s +1.064s 10. PC Marcelli/Cumming BAR1 FLM 2m19.782s +1.917s 11. PC Junqueira/Heinemeier Hansson RSR FLM 2m20.018s +2.153s 12. PC Bennett/Kimber-Smith CORE FLM 2m20.340s +2.475s 13. PC Guasch/Cameron PR1 MathiasenFLM 2m20.722s +2.857s 14. PC Nunez/Shears Performance Tech FLM 2m20.935s +3.070s 15. PC Mitchell/Drissi BAR1 FLM 2m22.438s +4.573s 16. GT Auberlen/Hand RLL BMW 2m17.178s 17. GT Magnussen/Garcia Corvette 2m17.442s +0.264s 18. GT Gavin/Milner Corvette 2m17.594s +0.416s 19. GT Müller/Edwards RLL BMW 2m18.002s +0.824s 20. GT Long/Braun CORE Porsche 2m19.167s +1.989s 21. GT Bomarito/Wittmer SRT Viper 2m19.246s +2.068s 22. GT Miller/Holzer Miller Porsche 2m19.462s +2.284s 23. GT Beretta/Malucelli Risi Ferrari 2m19.834s +2.656s 24. GT Farnbacher/Goossens SRT Viper 2m20.088s +2.910s 25. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 2m21.134s +3.956s 26. GT Sweedler/Bell AJR/West Ferrari 2m21.704s +4.526s 27. GTC Keating/Faulkner TRG Porsche 2m27.816s 28. GTC Cisneros/Edwards NGT Porsche 2m27.880s +0.064s 29. GTC MacNeil/Bleekemolen Alex Job Porsche 2m27.920s +0.104s 30. GTC Dempsey/Lally Dempsey Del Piero Porsche 2m28.533s +0.717s 31. GTC Neiman/von Moltke Flying Lizard Porsche 2m28.618s +0.802s 32. GTC Hedlund/Heylen JDX Porsche 2m28.692s +0.876s 33. GTC Canache/Pumpelly Flying Lizard Porsche 2m29.353s +1.537s