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De Ferran takes another ALMS pole

Gil de Ferran, De Ferran Acura, Elkhart Lake qualifying 2009Gil de Ferran continued his team's recent run of American Le Mans Series success by taking pole position for the Elkhart Lake round.

The Brazilian beat title rival David Brabham's Highcroft Acura by 0.823 seconds.

"It was a great day for us today," said de Ferran, who will be aiming for a fifth straight victory tomorrow along with team-mate Simon Pagenaud. "Since we unloaded the car has been fantastic."

Marino Franchitti took his and the Dyson Lola-Mazda combination's first LMP2 pole in third overall, fending off a late challenge from Adrian Fernandez (Fernandez Acura).

"The car was awesome," said Franchitti. "I actually made a real mess of the first run. I'm a bit disappointed with myself for that, but overall I'm just delighted for all the guys. It means so much."

Franchitti's team-mate Guy Smith secured fifth on the grid ahead of the Cytosport Porsche and the LMP1 privateers despite missing much of the session while his Lola-Mazda was repaired following a crash in pre-qualifying practice.

BMW took a breakthrough one-two in GT2 qualifying, with Joey Hand beating his Rahal Letterman Racing team-mate Dirk Muller to pole by 0.123s.

"How about this BMW around Road America?" said Hand. "I don't think anybody really saw it coming, but this place has been really good to BMW. I've put it on our first pole of our new programme and I hope to take the first win too."

The championship-leading Flying Lizard Porsche of Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long will start third, just ahead of the two Corvettes, while the Flying Lizard Porsche and Risi Ferrari set identical times in sixth and seventh.

Guy Cosmo dominated in the Challenge class, taking pole by over a second.

Pos  Cl   Drivers                    Car                  Time
 1.  P1   De Ferran/Pagenaud         Acura ARX-02a        1m48.216s
 2.  P1   Brabham/Sharp              Acura ARX-02a        1m49.039s
 3.  P2   Leitzinger/Franchitti      Mazda Lola B09 86    1m51.010s
 4.  P2   Fernandez/Diaz             Acura ARX-01b        1m51.222s
 5.  P2   Dyson/Smith                Mazda Lola B09 86    1m51.832s
 6.  P2   Pickett/Graf               Porsche RS Spyder    1m51.922s
 7.  P1   Willman/McMurry            Lola B06/10 AER      1m53.649s
 8.  P1   Field/Field                Lola B06/10 AER      1m55.209s
 9.  GT2  Auberlen/Hand              BMW M3 E92           2m06.950s
10.  GT2  Mueller/Milner             BMW M3 E92           2m07.073s
11.  GT2  Bergmeister/Long           Porsche 911 GT3 RSR  2m07.362s
12.  GT2  O'Connell/Magnussen        Corvette C6.R        2m07.387s
13.  GT2  Gavin/Beretta              Corvette C6.R        2m07.619s
14.  GT2  Werner/Henzler             Porsche 911 GT3 RSR  2m07.740s
15.  GT2  Melo/Kaffer                Ferrari 430 GT       2m07.740s
16.  GT2  Robertson/Murry/Robertson  Doran Ford GT Mk 7   2m08.188s
17.  GT2  Farnbacher/James           Panoz Esperante      2m08.800s
18.  GT2  Feinberg/Hall              Dodge Viper          2m08.822s
19.  GT2  Neiman/Law                 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR  2m13.501s
20.  Cha  Baker/Cosmo                Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2m16.098s
21.  Cha  Snow/Snow                  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2m17.202s
22.  Cha  Brown/Sweedler             Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2m18.289s
23.  Cha  Hoaglund/Faieta            Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2m18.970s
24.  Cha  Parker/Pickering           Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2m20.554s
25.  Cha  Curtis/Sofronas            Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 
26.  P1   Mowlem/Johansson           Ginetta-Zytek 09SH  

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