Drayson takes dominant pole
|By Matt Beer||Friday, August 6th 2010, 18:51 GMT|
Jonny Cocker took Drayson Racing to a commanding pole position for the Mid-Ohio American Le Mans Series race.
The Lola-Judd driver was unbeatable throughout the session, and generally held a margin of under a second over the competition regardless of what his rivals tried.
Cocker ended on a 1m10.034s lap, which put him 0.932 seconds clear of second-placed Chris Dyson's best effort in the Dyson Lola-Mazda.
Championship leader Highcroft was third with Simon Pagenaud, the team feeling that the LMP1/LMP2 equalisation balance required fine-tuning at this venue.
But it fared far better than Lime Rock winner CytoSport, which will miss the rest of the event after a mechanical failure pitched Greg Pickett into a massive crash in the pre-race test. The Porsche RS Spyder landed upside down atop the Turn 4 tyre barrier, though Pickett escaped with bruises.
Christophe Bouchut gave the Level 5 team another LMPC pole, while GT saw a Ferrari one-two with Risi's Toni Vilander and Gianmaria Bruno just ahead of the two Corvettes. Black Swan Racing's Jereon Bleekemolen led the way in the GT class again.
Pos Drivers Cl Car Time Gap 1. Drayson/Cocker P Lola 1m10.034s 2. Dyson/Smith P Lola-Mazda 1m10.966s + 0.932s 3. Brabham/Pagenaud P HPD 1m11.360s + 1.326s 4. Field/Field P Lola 1m14.008s + 3.974s 5. Tucker/Bouchut PC ORECA 1m15.906s + 5.872s 6. Gonzalez/Diaz PC ORECA 1m16.141s + 6.107s 7. Marcelli/Wong PC ORECA 1m16.557s + 6.523s 8. Jeannette/Julian PC ORECA 1m16.573s + 6.539s 9. Montecalvo/Zugel PC ORECA 1m17.973s + 7.939s 10. Tucker/Wallace PC ORECA 1m18.339s + 8.305s 11. Buncombe/Prendeville P Radical 1m19.351s + 9.317s 12. Fisichella/Vilander GT Ferrari 1m19.682s + 9.648s 13. Melo/Bruni GT Ferrari 1m19.759s + 9.725s 14. Beretta/Gavin GT Corvette 1m20.019s + 9.985s 15. Magnussen/O'Connell GT Corvette 1m20.189s + 10.155s 16. Mueller/Hand GT BMW 1m20.267s + 10.233s 17. Brown/Cosmo GT Ferrari 1m20.498s + 10.464s 18. Auberlen/Milner GT BMW 1m20.548s + 10.514s 19. Bergmeister/Long GT Porsche 1m20.612s + 10.578s 20. Sharp/van Overbeek GT Ferrari 1m20.884s + 10.850s 21. Murry/Robertson/Robertson GT Doran 1m21.771s + 11.737s 22. Sellers/Henzler GT Porsche 1m21.805s + 11.771s 23. Gentilozzi/Goossens GT Jaguar 1m22.125s + 12.091s 24. Pilet/Neiman GT Porsche 1m24.848s + 14.814s 25. Pappas/Bleekemolen GTC Porsche 1m24.954s + 14.920s 26. Miller/Hines GTC Porsche 1m25.260s + 15.226s 27. Curtis/Sofronas GTC Porsche 1m25.729s + 15.695s 28. Lewis/Vento GTC Porsche 1m26.105s + 16.071s 29. Sweedler/Kapudija GTC Porsche 1m27.059s + 17.025s 30. Rodriguez/Bieker GTC Porsche 1m27.291s + 17.257s 31. Beggs/Baron GTC Porsche 1m28.267s + 18.233s 32. Willman/Drissi P Lola 33. Richard/Pumpelly GTC Porsche 34. Pickett/Graf P Porsche