Richard Westbrook takes World GT1 pole for JRM Nissan at Paul Ricard
|By Gary Watkins||Saturday, July 16th 2011, 10:20 GMT|
Nissan driver Richard Westbrook topped qualifying for this weekend's FIA GT1 World Championship event at Paul Ricard.
He claimed pole position for this afternoon's qualifying race aboard the JR Motorsports Nissan GT-R with a lap of 2m03.419s. That put him less than a tenth of a second ahead of JRM team-mate Michael Krumm.
Westbrook, who shares his Nissan with fellow Briton Peter Dumbreck, said: "That was probably the most stress-free qualifying we've had all year, but I'm a little bit surprised to be on pole. I thought the Aston Martins and the [Selleslagh] Corvette might be quicker."
Tomas Enge was third fastest in the best of the Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9s with a time three tenths behind the second of the Nissans. He just edged out Sumo Power Nissan driver Jamie Campbell-Walter.
The championship leading All-Inkl Lamborghini Murcielago, which is carrying 30kg of success ballast this weekend, failed to make it through Q2 in Marcus Winkelhock's hands. That means time-mate Marc Basseng will line-up 14th for the first of the two one-hour races.
Pos Drivers Team/Car Time Gap 1. Westbrook/Dumbreck JRM Nissan 2m03.419s 2. Krumm/Lucas Luhr JRM Nissan 2m03.498s + 0.079s 3. Enge/Muller Young Driver Aston 2m03.772s + 0.353s 4. Campbell-Walter/Brabham Sumo Power Nissan 2m03.800s + 0.381s 5. Mucke/Turner Young Driver Aston 2m03.840s + 0.421s 6. Hohenadel/Piccini Hexis Aston 2m03.963s + 0.544s 7. Hezemans/Zuber Exim Corvette 2m04.137s + 0.718s 8. Pastorelli/Schwager All-Inkl Lamborghini 2m04.298s + 0.879s 9. Makowiecki/Martin Marc VDS Ford 2m04.080s Q2 10. Piccione/Dusseldorp Hexis Aston 2m04.204s Q2 11. Enjalbert/Rossi DKR Corvette 2m04.293s Q2 12. Catsburg/Bernoldi Sumo Power Nissan 2m04.494s Q2 13. Leinders/Hennerici Marc VDS Ford 2m04.766s Q2 14. Winkelhock/Basseng All-Inkl Lamborghini 2m05.060s Q2 15. Ickx/Nygaard Belgian Ford 2m07.219s Q1 16. Leclerc/Clairay Belgian Ford