Cocker gives Drayson another pole

Jonny Cocker and Drayson Racing took their second straight American Le Mans Series pole with another dominant performance at Elkhart Lake

Cocker gives Drayson another pole

The British driver was the only man below 1m50s as he set a 1m49.554s lap in the Lola-Judd before the session was half over, putting him 1.3 seconds clear of Guy Smith in the Lexington-winning Dyson Lola-Mazda. The result made Cocker the first man to take two poles in the 2010 ALMS season.

Back after missing Lexington due to a testing crash, CytoSport will start third, with Klaus Graf taking qualifying duties before sharing the Porsche with super-sub Timo Bernhard in the race due to team boss Greg Pickett's back injury.

Johnny Mowlem made a strong debut in the Autocon Lola-AER to take fourth - ahead of the points-leading Highcroft HPD, which could not match the LMP1-based cars ahead in qualifying trim and was 2.5s off the pace. Intersport missed the session due to engine problems in practice.

There was a commanding pole margin in LMPC too, where recent category convert Luis Diaz was on top by 1.125s for PR1/Mathiasen.

The Corvettes claimed a one-two in a GT qualifying session interrupted by a red flag after Andy Lally crashed TRG's GTC Porsche.

Oliver Gavin had already established himself on class pole ahead of team-mate Jan Magnussen before the stoppage, with Pierre Kaffer putting the #61 Risi Ferrari third.

His team-mate Jaime Melo did not manage to get a lap in early though, and could only salvage seventh when the session resumed. The championship-leading Flying Lizard Porsche was fourth.

Black Swan's Jeroen Bleekemelon stormed to yet another GTC pole, while Lally's pre-crash time was good enough to hold second.

Pos Cl Drivers Car Time Gap 1. P Drayson/Cocker Lola 1m49.554s 2. P Dyson/Smith Lola-Mazda 1m50.875s + 1.321s 3. P Bernhard/Graf Porsche 1m51.312s + 1.758s 4. P Willman/Burgess/Mowlem Lola 1m51.711s + 2.157s 5. P Brabham/Pagenaud HPD 1m52.148s + 2.594s 6. PC Gonzalez/Diaz ORECA 1m58.287s + 8.733s 7. PC Marcelli/Ducote ORECA 1m59.412s + 9.858s 8. PC Jeannette/Julian ORECA 2m00.092s + 10.538s 9. PC Tucker/Wallace ORECA 2m00.740s + 11.186s 10. PC Montecalvo/Zugel ORECA 2m00.846s + 11.292s 11. GT Beretta/Gavin Corvette 2m06.509s + 16.955s 12. GT Magnussen/O'Connell Corvette 2m06.674s + 17.120s 13. GT Salo/Kaffer Ferrari 2m06.997s + 17.443s 14. GT Muller/Hand BMW 2m07.222s + 17.668s 15. GT Bergmeister/Long Porsche 2m07.392s + 17.838s 16. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Ferrari 2m07.455s + 17.901s 17. GT Melo/Bruni Ferrari 2m07.561s + 18.007s 18. GT Auberlen/Milner BMW 2m07.716s + 18.162s 19. GT Sellers/Henzler Porsche 2m07.939s + 18.385s 20. GT Murry/Robertson/Robertson Doran Ford 2m08.703s + 19.149s 21. GT Dalziel/Goossens Jaguar 2m10.084s + 20.530s 22. GTC Pappas/Bleekemolen Porsche 2m14.345s + 24.791s 23. GTC Ende/Lally Porsche 2m14.520s + 24.966s 24. GTC Curtis/Sofronas Porsche 2m14.843s + 25.289s 25. GTC Miller/Hines Porsche 2m15.656s + 26.102s 26. GT Brown/Cosmo Ferrari 2m15.710s + 26.156s 27. GTC Rodriguez/Bieker Porsche 2m15.972s + 26.418s 28. GTC Lewis/Rice Porsche 2m16.216s + 26.662s 29. GTC Sweedler/Kapudija Porsche 2m16.221s + 26.667s 30. GT Law/Neiman Porsche 2m20.428s + 30.874s 31. GTC Beggs/Baron Porsche 32. P Field/Field Lola 33. PC Tucker/Bouchut ORECA 
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