Smith beats Graf to Long Beach pole
|Saturday, April 16th 2011, 02:22 GMT|
Dyson Racing's Guy Smith backed up his practice pace to take pole position for round two of the American Le Mans Series at Long Beach in a depleted LMP1 field.
The 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours winner was 0.452s faster in the Lola-Mazda coupe than his nearest challenger - the Muscle Milk Lola Aston Martin driven by Klaus Graf.
Despite these two cars being the only runners in the 15 minute qualifying session, the battle between them was close enough to suggest that the race at the front could be heated.
The real attention in the event is likely to be focused on the intensely competitive GT class however. Fresh from its Sebring 12 Hours victory, BMW forged to the top again in qualifying as Joey Hand saw off challenges from Jan Magnussen's Chevrolet Corvette, Bill Auberlen (BMW) and Patrick Long - whose Porsche in the hands of Jorg Bergmeister had been quickest in practice.
Hand's advantage over the Dane was eventually just 0.047s.
The fastest Ferrari in class was that of Johannes van Overbeek in the Extreme Speed Italia 458, which lines up sixth behind Wolf Henzler's Porsche.
Gunner Jeanette was third fastest overall and took pole for the LMPC class with the CORE Autosport team.
Jeroen Bleekemolen meanwhile took the top spot in the GTC class with his Black Swan Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. LMP1 Smith/Dyson Dyson Lola-Mazda 1m14.001s 2. LMP1 Graf/Luhr Muscle Milk Lola-Aston 1m14.453s 3. LMPC Jeannette/Gonzalez Core ORECA 1m17.736s 4. LMPC Marcelli/Drissi Intersport ORECA 1m18.124s 5. LMPC Figge/Maroney PR1 Mathiasen ORECA 1m18.286s 6. LMPC Lux/Julian Genoa ORECA 1m18.690s 7. GT Muller/Hand BMW 1m19.090s 8. GT Gavin/Magnussen Corvette 1m19.137s 9. GT Auberlen/Werner BMW 1m19.447s 10. GT Bergmeister/Long Flying Lizard Porsche 1m19.463s 11. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 1m20.065s 12. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Extreme Speed Ferrari 1m20.167s 13. GT Brown/Cosmo Extreme Speed Ferrari 1m20.176s 14. GT Miller/Maassen Miller Porsche 1m20.646s 15. GT Beretta/Milner Corvette 1m20.724s 16. GT Junqueira/da Matta RSR Jaguar 1m20.924s 17. LMPC Bennett/Montecalvo Core ORECA 1m21.387s 18. GT Jones/Gentilozzi RSR Jaguar 1m22.244s 19. GTC Pappas/Bleekemolen Black Swan Porsche 1m23.179s 20. GTC Sweedler/Keen Alex Job Porsche 1m23.853s 21. GT Pastorelli/Schwager West Lamborghini 1m23.906s 22. GTC Enda/Pumpelly TRG Porsche 1m24.134s 23. GTC Potter/Stanton Magnus Porsche 1m24.362s 24. GTC Curtis/Sofronas GMG Porsche 1m24.651s 25. GTC Von Moltke/Gaughan TRG Porsche 1m24.878s 26. GT Law/Neiman Flying Lizard Porsche 1m25.543s 27. GTC Ham/Blackett JDX Porsche 1m25.743s 28. GT Melo/Vilander Risi Ferrari 1m48.071s 29. LMPC Nicolosi/Boon Performance Tech ORECA no time 30. LMP2 Tucker/Bouchut Level 5 Lola-Honda no time 31. LMP2 Tucker/Diaz Level 5 Lola-Honda no time