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Pastorelli puts Lamborghini on pole

Nicky Pastorelli/Dominik Schwager, All-Inkl Lamborghini, Abu Dhabi 2011The All-Inkl Lamborghini team claimed its first FIA GT1 World Championship pole position ahead of tomorrow's season opener in Abu Dhabi.

Nicky Pastorelli's best time of 1m51.668s in the final session of the three-part qualifying procedure gave him pole by nearly half a second. Team-mate Dominik Schwager had earlier topped the times in Q2 at the wheel of their Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV.

"It is never easy, but having a good car always helps," said Pastorelli. "I hope we can do it tomorrow when it really counts.

"I'm happy for the team because they've put in so much work over the past 12 months. We started from zero last year."

Stefan Mucke ended up second fastest on 1m52.113s in the Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9 he shares with Darren Turner. That put him just less than a tenth clear of the Marc VDS Ford GT driven by Maxime Martin.

The second Young Driver Aston was fourth fastest in the hands of Alex Muller. He just edged out Mike Hezemans in the Selleslagh-run Chevrolet Corvette C6.R entered under the Exim Bank Team China banner.

Top Nissan was the JR Motorsports entry driven by Peter Dumbreck, who was three tenths quicker than Enrique Bernoldi in the GT-R fielded by the sister Sumo Power team.

The four Nissans will start in positions six to nine in tomorrow's qualifying race. Lucas Luhr ended up eighth in the second JR entry, while Jamie Campbell-Walter will line up ninth after failing to make into the final round of qualifying.

Pos  Drivers                  Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Pastorelli/Schwager      All-Inkl Lamborghini  1m51.668s
 2.  Mucke/Turner             Young Driver Aston    1m52.113s  + 0.445s
 3.  Martin/Makowiecki        Marc VDS Ford         1m52.197s  + 0.529s
 4.  Muller/Enge              Young Driver Aston    1m52.547s  + 0.879s
 5.  Hezemans/Catsburg        Exim Corvette         1m52.750s  + 1.082s
 6.  Dumbreck/Westbrook       JR Nissan             1m52.866s  + 1.198s
 7.  Bernoldi/Zonta           Sumo Power Nissan     1m53.191s  + 1.523s
 8.  Luhr/Krumm               JR Nissan             1m53.336s  + 1.668s
 9.  Brabham/Campbell-Walter  Sumo Power Nissan     1m52.804s  (Q2)
10.  Wendlinger/Kox           Swiss Lamborghini     1m52.907s  (Q2)
11.  Piccione/Dusseldorp      Hexis Aston Martin    1m52.914s  (Q2)
12.  Hennerici/Leinders       Marc VDS Ford         1m53.159s  (Q2)
13.  Rossi/Camara             DKR Corvette          1m55.549s  (Q2)
14.  Winkelhock/Basseng       All-Inkl Lamborghini  1m53.486s  (Q1)
15.  Hohenadel/Piccini        Hexis Aston Martin    1m54.178s  (Q1)
16.  Matzke/Pavlovic          Belgian Ford          1m54.274s  (Q1)
17.  Leclerc/Giroix           Belgian Ford          1m54.564s  (Q1)
18.  Nilsson/Janak            Swiss Lamborghini     1m54.570s  (Q1)
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