Klaus Graf gives Muscle Milk Lola-Aston Elkhart Lake ALMS pole
|Friday, August 19th 2011, 21:19 GMT|
Klaus Graf put the Muscle Milk Lola-Aston Martin on pole for the second time this year in American Le Mans Series qualifying at Road America.
Graf's 1m51.828s lap placed him a second clear of the field for a while, until a superb effort by series rookie Steven Kane got the best of the Dyson Lola-Mazdas to within 0.364 seconds of pole. Chris Dyson's sister car was third, 0.5s off pole in the end.
Another fiercely close GT class battle saw BMW on pole again, but Dirk Muller was only 0.005 seconds ahead of Jan Magnussen's Corvette. The second BMW was back in fourth, behind the Risi Ferrari.
Flying Lizard's #45 car was again top Porsche in fifth, while Bruno Junqueira showed very encouraging form in the RSR Jaguar by qualifying 1.3s off class pole in eighth.
The margins were tight in the one-make classes too. Butch Leitzinger took LMPC pole for PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports by just 0.095s over CORE Autosport's Gunnar Jeanette, with Kyle Marcelli (Performance Tech) and Eric Lux (Genoa) also within 0.138s of pole. In GTC Sean Edwards (NGT) narrowly edged out Black Swan's Jeroen Bleekemolen and TRG's Spencer Pumpelly.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. P1 Luhr/Graf Muscle Milk Lola-Aston 1m51.828s 2. P1 Al Masaood/Kane Dyson Lola-Mazda 1m52.192s 3. P1 Dyson/Smith Dyson Lola-Mazda 1m52.401s 4. P1 Burgess/McMurry/Lewis Autocon Lola-AER 1m56.344s 5. P2 Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz Level 5 Lola-Honda 1m56.664s 6. PC Junco/Leitzinger PR1 Mathiasen FLM 1m59.262s 7. PC Jeannette/Gonzalez CORE FLM 1m59.357s 8. PC Nicolosi/Boon/Marcelli Performance Tech FLM 1m59.379s 9. PC Lux/Zugel/Julian Genoa FLM 1m59.400s 10. PC Field/French/Marsal Intersport FLM 2m00.106s 11. PC Bennett/Montecalvo CORE FLM 2m02.592s 12. PC Marcelli/Ducote/Ducote Intersport FLM 2m03.727s 13. GT Muller/Hand BMW 2m05.447s 14. GT Gavin/Magnussen Corvette 2m05.452s 15. GT Melo/Vilander Risi Ferrari 2m05.687s 16. GT Auberlen/Werner BMW 2m06.245s 17. GT Bergmeister/Long Flying Lizard Porsche 2m06.379s 18. GT Beretta/Milner Corvette 2m06.585s 19. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Extreme Speed Ferrari 2m06.730s 20. GT Junqueira/Wilden RSR Jaguar 2m06.812s 21. GT Neiman/Holzer Flying Lizard Porsche 2m06.838s 22. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 2m06.921s 23. GT Brown/Cosmo Extreme Speed Ferrari 2m06.936s 24. GT Murry/Lazzaro Robertson Doran Ford 2m07.861s 25. GT Miller/Maassen Miller Porsche 2m10.098s 26. GT Robertson/Snow Robertson Doran Ford 2m11.806s 27. GTC Edwards/Kauffmann/Cisneros NGT Porsche 2m14.067s 28. GTC Pappas/Bleekemolen Black Swan Porsche 2m14.126s 29. GTC Ende/Pumpelly TRG Porsche 2m14.220s 30. GTC LeSaffre/van Lagen Black Swan Porsche 2m14.900s 31. GTC Ham/Thompson JDX Porsche 2m15.239s 32. GTC Sweedler/Wong Alex Job Porsche 2m15.290s 33. GTC von Moltke/di Guida TRG Porsche 2m15.499s 34. GTC Sofronas/Welch GMG Porsche 2m15.634s 35. GTC Hansson/Farnbacher Napleton Porsche 2m15.826s 36. GT Jones/Moran RSR Jaguar