Dyson and BMW top American Le Mans Series qualifying sessions at Lime Rock
|Friday, July 8th 2011, 21:03 GMT|
The Dyson Lola-Mazda and BMW squads led the way in LMP1 and GT qualifying respectively as the American Le Mans Series resumed at a slightly damp Lime Rock following its break for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Chris Dyson put his team's #16 car on pole with a 45.708s lap, as series newcomer Steven Kane made a highly promising debut by completing an all-Dyson front row in the returning #20 entry, which the former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner will share with Humaid Al Masaood for the rest of the year.
The Muscle Milk Lola-Aston Martin was third quickest, completing the still-slender LMP1 field.
GT saw domination by BMW, as the Rahal Letterman Lanigan run cars of Jorg Muller and Joey Hand, and Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, qualified first and second in class, with the third-placed #45 Flying Lizard Porsche nearly a second adrift. The Corvettes completed the top five.
The Risi Ferrari of Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander has to start at the back following a practice tangle with Auberlen that sidelined the F458 Italia.
Genoa's Elton Julian and Green Hornet's new driver Jaap van Lagen took pole in the LMPC and GTC one-make classes respectively.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. P1 Dyson/Smith Dyson Lola-Mazda 45.708s 2. P1 Al Masaood/Kane Dyson Lola-Mazda 45.881s 3. P1 Luhr/Graf Muscle Milk Lola-Aston 46.040s 4. PC Lux/Julian Genoa FLM 48.105s 5. PC Jeannette/Gonzalez CORE FLM 48.498s 6. PC Marcelli/Drissi Intersport FLM 48.534s 7. PC Bennett/Montecalvo CORE FLM 49.413s 8. PC Field/Kovacic Intersport FLM 49.466s 9. PC Nicolosi/Boon Performance Tech FLM 49.833s 10. GT Muller/Hand BMW 50.925s 11. GT Auberlen/Werner BMW 51.179s 12. GT Bergmeister/Long Flying Lizard Porsche 51.872s 13. GT Gavin/Magnussen Corvette 51.897s 14. GT Beretta/Milner Corvette 51.954s 15. GT Neiman/Holzer Flying Lizard Porsche 52.005s 16. GT Murry/Lazzaro Robertson Doran Ford 52.109s 17. GT Brown/Cosmo Extreme Speed Ferrari 52.350s 18. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 52.388s 19. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Extreme Speed Ferrari 52.956s 20. GT Junqueira/da Matta RSR Jaguar 52.958s 21. GT Miller/Maassen Miller Porsche 53.211s 22. GTC LeSaffre/van Lagen Green Hornet Porsche 54.982s 23. GTC Pappas/Faulkner Black Swan Porsche 55.133s 24. GTC Ham/Thompson JDX Porsche 55.225s 25. GTC von Moltke/Pierce TRG Porsche 55.334s 26. GTC Ende/Pumpelly TRG Porsche 55.587s 27. GTC Sweedler/Leitzinger Alex Job Porsche 55.587s 28. GT Robertson/Robertson Robertson Doran Ford 55.676s 29. GTC Welch/Sofronas Green Hornet Porsche 55.874s 30. GT Jones/Moran RSR Jaguar 56.960s 31. GT Melo/Vilander Risi Ferrari