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Richard Westbrook takes World GT1 pole for JRM Nissan at Paul Ricard

Richard WestbrookNissan 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
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