Sarrazin pips McNish in final session
|By Matt Beer||Friday, September 25th 2009, 14:06 GMT|
Stephane Sarrazin kept Peugeot in front in the final free practice session ahead of Petit Le Mans qualifying, but Allan McNish produced Audi's best performance of the weekend so far in second.
After Peugeot had been first and second in all three of yesterday's session, McNish raised hopes of a strong Audi challenge by grabbing the top spot in the middle of the hour and setting the fastest time all week in the process.
Sarrazin eventually got the #08 Peugeot down to a 1m07.678s to beat McNish by 0.162s, with the second Peugeot only a further 0.014s back.
The De Ferran Acura beat the #1 Audi to fourth place, and was the only LMP1 Acura on track as Highcroft got on with the task of building up a new car after Scott Sharp's ferocious crash yesterday afternoon.
The #20 Dyson Lola-Mazda finally racked up some miles following its earlier engine problems, and set the fastest LMP2 time ahead of the Fernandez Acura and the Cytosport Porsche.
Rahal Letterman's BMWs were one-two again in GT2, despite Joey Hand spinning into the gravel late on. That caused the second red flag of the morning, the first having come out when Dominic Cicero beached the Falken Porsche.
Pos Drivers Cl Car Time 1. Sarrazin/Montagny P1 Peugeot 1m07.678s 2. Capello/McNish P1 Audi 1m07.840s 3. Minassian/Lamy P1 Peugeot 1m07.854s 4. de Ferran/Pagenaud/Dixon P1 Acura 1m08.626s 5. Luhr/Werner P1 Audi 1m08.864s 6. Panis/Lapierre/Dumas P1 ORECA 1m09.847s 7. Field/Field P1 Lola 1m10.139s 8. Drayson/Cocker/Bell P1 Lola 1m10.876s 9. Leitzinger/Franchitti/Devlin P2 Lola-Mazda 1m11.287s 10. Fernandez/Diaz P2 Acura 1m11.429s 11. Pickett/Graf/Maassen P2 Porsche 1m11.456s 12. Van der Steur/Pecorari/Pecorari P2 Radical 1m15.911s 13. Muller/Milner/Muller GT2 BMW 1m20.393s 14. Hand/Auberlen/Priaulx GT2 BMW 1m20.463s 15. Melo/Kaffer/Salo GT2 Ferrari 1m20.583s 16. Henzler/Werner GT2 Porsche 1m20.670s 17. Magnussen/O'Connell/Garcia GT2 Corvette 1m20.877s 18. Sutherland/Drissi/Bell GT2 Riley Corvette 1m20.943s 19. Murry/Robertson/Robertson GT2 Doran Ford 1m21.155s 20. Bergmeister/Long/Lieb GT2 Porsche 1m21.272s 21. Farnbacher/James GT2 Panoz 1m21.319s 22. Beretta/Gavin/Fassler GT2 Corvette 1m21.370s 23. Law/van Overbeek/Neiman GT2 Porsche 1m21.449s 24. Sellers/Cicero GT2 Porsche 1m22.588s 25. Feinberg/Hall GT2 Dodge 1m22.846s 26. Burgess/McMurry/Willman P1 Lola 1m36.816s