Bernhard gives Audi pole at Spa
|By Jamie O'Leary
||Friday, May 6th 2011, 15:03 GMT
Timo Bernhard gave Audi's new R18 TDI pole position for its race debut at the Spa 1000km, the second round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
Bernhard's lap of 2m01.502s was set early in the session and gave the German the top top spot by 0.286s ahead of Andre Lotterer. It was an all-Audi top three as Tom Kristensen qualified third.
As planned, none of the factory Peugeots took to the track until late on, but all three were caught out as Matthieu Lahaye crashed his Oak Pescarolo on the straight before Pouhon.
The high-speed impact caused heavy damage to the front end of the car and brought out the red flags. With the crash barrier in question significantly damaged and no chance of repairing quickly, a decision was taken to end the session while six minutes remained on the clock.
This ensured that Marc Gene was unable to improve on his 13th spot on the grid, and left him as the best of the factory Peugeot drivers. Simon Pagenaud was only 18th while Stephane Sarrazin did not complete a flying lap and will start 50th.
The early stoppage was good news for Nicolas Lapierre, who put his ORECA Peugeot fourth, ahead of Nicolas Prost's Rebellion Lola, the best-placed petrol-powered car.
Danny Watts secured pole in the LMP2 class in his Strakka HPD with a flying lap that was just 0.1s quicker than Mathias Beche's TDS ORECA.
Jaime Melo took pole in the GT2 Pro category in the AF Corse Ferrari he shares with Toni Vilander, his best effort coming six minutes from the end of the session.
Rob Bell and Giancarlo Fisichella made it an all-Ferrari top three with British driver Bell 0.2s off Melo's pace in his JMW-run 458 and grand prix winner Fisichella next up in the second AF Corse car.
Marc Lieb put the best of the Porsches - the Felbermayr car - fourth while Augusto Farfus was BMW's fastest driver in fifth. Andy Priaulx was seventh quickest in the sister M3, but spun at the Bus Stop chicane on his final flying lap.
Pole in GT2 Am went to Nicolas Armindo's IMSA Porsche - ahead of four of the Pro cars, while Brit Phil Keen was the fastest driver in the Formula Le Mans class in the Neil Garner Motorsport ORECA.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time
1. LMP1 Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller Audi R18 TDI 2m01.502s
2. LMP1 Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer Audi R18 TDI 2m01.788s
3. LMP1 Capello/Kristensen/McNish Audi R18 TDI 2m02.145s
4. LMP1 Lapierre/Duval/Panis ORECA Peugeot 908 Hdi-FAP 2m05.482s
5. LMP1 Jani/Prost Rebellion Lola-Toyota 2m06.767s
6. LMP1 Amaral/Pla Quifel-ASM Zytek 2m07.290s
7. LMP1 Collard/Tinseau/Jousse Pescarolo-Judd 2m07.528s
8. LMP1 Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues Oak Pescarolo-Judd 2m07.729s
9. LMP1 Cortes/Geri/Piccini MIK Corse Zytek-Hybrid 2m08.821s
10. LMP2 Leventis/Watts/Kane Strakka HPD ARX-01d 2m10.016s
11. LMP2 Beche/Thiriet/Firth TDS ORECA-Nissan 2m10.141s
12. LMP2 Mailleux/Ordonez/Ayari Signatech ORECA-Nissan 2m10.474s
13. LMP1 Gene/Wurz/Davidson Peugeot 908 2m10.725s
14. LMP2 Kraihamer/de Crem Boutsen Energy ORECA-Nissan 2m11.183s
15. LMP2 Ojjeh/Chalandon/Kimber-Smith Greaves Zytek-Nissan 2m11.218s
16. LMP2 Frey/Meichtry/Rostan Race Performance ORECA-Judd 2m11.306s
17. LMP2 Rosier/Luco/Basso Extreme Limite Norma-Judd 2m11.842s
18. LMP1 Lamy/Bourdais/Pagenaud Peugeot 908 2m12.108s
19. LMP2 Barlesi/De Roche/Lafargue Oak Pescarolo-Judd 2m12.373s
20. LMP2 Perez Companc/Russo/Kaffer Pecom Lola-Judd 2m13.584s
21. FLM Hartshorne/Keating/Keen Neil Garner ORECA 2m13.592s
22. LMP2 Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa Level 5 Lola Coupe-HPD 2m13.851s
23. LMP2 Gates/Garofall/Philipps RLR MG Lola 2m14.122s
24. FLM Moro/Marroc/Zheng Hope ORECA 2m14.431s
25. FLM Rodrigues/Menahem/Misslin JMB ORECA 2m17.120s
26. FLM Julian/Zugel/Petersen Genoa ORECA 2m18.219s
27. FLM Schultis/Simon/Schell Pegasus ORECA 2m18.757s
28. GTE P Melo/Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m20.743s
29. GTE P Bell/Walker JMW Ferrari 2m20.915s
30. GTE P Fisichella/Bruni AF Corse Ferrari 2m21.086s
31. GTE P Lieb/Lietz Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 2m21.291s
32. GTE P Farfus/Muller BMW M3 2m21.460s
33. GTE P Farnbacher/Simonsen Farnbacher Ferrari 2m21.779s
34. GTE P Priaulx/Alzen BMW M3 2m22.219s
35. GTE P Pilet/Henzler IMSA Performance Porsche 2m22.955s
36. GTE A Armindo/Narac IMSA Performance Porsche 2m23.007s
37. GTE P Beltoise/Jakubowski/Deletraz Luxury Racing Ferrari 2m23.063s
38. GTE A Perazzini/Cioci/Lemeret AF Corse Ferrari 2m23.269s
39. GTE A Christodoulou/Hummel/Quaife CRS Ferrari 2m23.485s
40. GTE P Goossens/Holzer Prospeed Porsche 2m23.639s
41. GTE A Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright Gulf Aston Martin 2m23.727s
42. GTE A Broniszewski/Peter Kessel Ferrari 2m24.050s
43. GTE A Felbermayr Jr/Miller Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 2m24.599s
44. GTE A Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel Larbre Porsche 2m24.773s
45. GTE P Hirschi/Rossiter/Mowlem Jetalliance Lotus Evora 2m25.124s
46. GTE A Ehret/Lynn/Wills CRS Ferrari 2m25.617s
47. GTE A Ried/Hammerson Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 2m26.797s
48. GTE P Ortelli/Makowiecki Luxury Racing Ferrari 2m27.098s
49. GTE A Krohn/Jonsson Krohn Ferrari 2m28.677s
50. LMP1 Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian Peugeot 908 no time
51. LMP1 Belicchi/Boullion Rebellion Lola-Toyota no time
52. GTE P Dolan/Hancock Jota Aston Martin no time
53. GTE A Kauffman/Aguas AF Corse Ferrari no time
54. GTE P Rich/Slingerland Jetalliance Lotus Evora no time