ALMS qualifying abandoned at Long Beach, Dyson Racing on pole due to championship lead
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, April 14th 2012, 03:06 GMT|
Bad weather forced the American Le Mans Series to abandon its qualifying session at Long Beach on Friday evening, meaning that Dyson Racing duo Chris Dyson and Guy Smith will take pole position based on championship points.
The weather had initially cleared enough for the GT and GTC cars to go out, but the track never dried enough for anyone to set a representative time and was red-flagged before the prototypes had a chance to run.
Michael Valiante set the fastest lap of the afternoon in the GTC class JDX Racing Porsche with a 1m45.508s tour of the Californian street circuit. The Best of the GT cars was Wolf Henzler's 2m44.519s lap in the Falken Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
The washout means that current LMP1 points leaders Dyson and Smith (Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda) will start from pole ahead of the Pickett Racing HPD shared by Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf.
The Level 5 Motorsports HPD driven by Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker will have the LMP2 class pole, while BMW's Joey Hand and Dirk Muller will have the GT class advantage in their Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-run works machine.
CORE Motorsport's Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel (ORECA) and Alex Job Racing's Leh Keen and Cooper MacNeil (Porsche) will take the PC and GTC honours respectively.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car 1. P1 Dyson/Smith Dyson Lola-Mazda 2. P1 Luhr/Graf Pickett HPD 3. P1 Marsal/Lux Dyson Lola-Mazda 4. P2 Tucker/Bouchut Level 5 HPD 5. P2 Pappas/Bleekemolen Black Swan Lola-HPD 6. P2 Plowman/Hansson Conquest Morgan-Nissan 7. P2 Tucker/Diaz Level 5 HPD 8. PC Popow/Dalziel CORE FLM 9. PC Leitzinger/Junco PR1 FLM 10. PC Bennett/Braun CORE FLM 11. PC Guasch/Gidley Pickett FLM 12. PC Junqueira/Drissi RSR FLM 13. PC Richard/Ende Dempsey FLM 14. PC Marcelli/Downs Merchant FLM 15. PC Kovacic/Burgess Merchant FLM 16. GT Hand/Muller BMW 17. GT Magnussen/Garcia Corvette 18. GT Gavin/Milner Corvette 19. GT Muller/Auberlen BMW 20. GT Miller/Maassen Miller Porsche 21. GT Neiman/Holzer Flying Lizard Porsche 22. GT Brown/Cosmo Extreme Speed Ferrari 23. GT Henzler/Sellers Falken Porsche 24. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Extreme Speed Ferrari 25. GT Bergmeister/Long Flying Lizard Porsche 26. GT Sweedler/Bell Alex Job Lotus 27. GT Fernandez/Turner Aston Martin 28. GTC MacNeil/Keen Alex Job Porsche 29. GTC LeSaffre/Faulkner Green Hornet Porsche 30. GTC Pumpelly/di Guida TRG Porsche 31. GTC Cumming/Valiante JDX Porsche 32. GTC Faieta/Avenatti Competition Porsche 33. GTC Sofronas/Welch GMC Porsche