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Exim Porsche quickest in World GT1 qualifying at damp Zolder

Matt Halliday, Mike Parisy, Exim Porsche, Zolder GT1 2012New Zealander Matt Halliday claimed a maiden FIA GT1 World Championship pole position aboard the Exim Bank Team China Porsche at Zolder.

Former Champ Car and A1GP driver Halliday, who has moved over to GT1 from the Porsche Supercup, headed the times throughout Q3 as the leading contenders ran slick tyres for the first time in the three-round qualifying procedure. Halliday's final lap of 1m33.568s aboard his Muhlner-run Porsche 911 GT3-R was good enough to give him pole by two tenths of a second ahead of WRT Audi driver Frank Stippler.

Halliday, who shares the lead Exim Porsche with Mike Parisy, said: "The conditions were changing, so you've got to keep on your toes. We decided to go for slicks and it was definitely the right choice."

Third, behind the Audi R8 LMS ultra Stippler shares with Oliver Jarvis, was Darryl O'Young in the best of the Reiter Engineering Lamborgini Gallardo LP560s. The Hong Kong driver was just two tenths slower than Stippler.

Munnich Mercedes driver Tomas Jager edged out Laurens Vanthoor (WRT Audi) for fourth place, by just three hundredths of a second.

Pos  Drivers                   Team/Car             Time       Gap
 1.  Parisy/Halliday           Exim Porsche         1m33.568s
 2.  Stippler/Jarvis           WRT Audi             1m33.704s  + 0.136s
 3.  O'Young/Kox               Reiter Lamborghini   1m33.936s  + 0.368s
 4.  Pastorelli/Jager          Munnich Mercedes     1m34.004s  + 0.436s
 5.  Ortelli/Vanthoor          WRT Audi             1m34.034s  + 0.466s
 6.  Buurman/Bartels           Vita4One BMW         1m34.145s  + 0.577s
 7.  Basseng/Winkelhock        Munnich Mercedes     1m34.384s  + 0.816s
 8.  von Thurn und Taxis/Enge  Reiter Lamborghini   1m39.132s  + 5.564s
 9.  Vilander/Salaquarda       AF Corse Ferrari     1m41.489s  Q2
10.  Makowiecki/Dusseldorp     Hexis McLaren        1m41.623s  Q2
11.  Mayr-Melnhof/Lauda        Vita4One BMW         1m41.796s  Q2
12.  Ide/Castellacci           AF Corse Ferrari     1m42.017s  Q2
13.  Martin/Vasiliev           Valmon Aston         1m43.449s  Q2
14.  Lariche/Wei               Exim Porsche         1m48.196s  Q2
15.  Pavlovic/Cressoni         Sunred Ford          1m46.490s  Q1
16.  Demoustier/Parente        Hexis McLaren        1m53.099s  Q1
17.  Zuber/Afanasiev           Valmon Aston                    Q1
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