Highcroft secures Miller pole

Simon Pagenaud gave Highcroft HPD another pole as the American Le Mans Series resumed after its Le Mans 24 Hours break at Miller Motorsports Park

Highcroft secures Miller pole

In the early stages of the prototype session, the Drayson Lola and Dyson Lola-Mazda had swapped provisional pole, with the CytoSport Porsche right behind them - all three covered by 0.062 seconds.

But Highcroft had chosen to hold back until the final stages, expecting track conditions to get quicker late on. Pagenaud duly delivered a blistering series of ever faster laps that took him straight onto pole then further and further away from the competition. His final pole margin was just over half a second.

Jonny Cocker kept Drayson in second, ahead of Dyson, CytoSport and the Intersport Lola. Gunner Jeanette fended off Level 5's Christophe Bouchut to give his Green Earth Gunnar team the LMPC pole in seventh overall.

Ferrari claimed a one-two-three in GT qualifying, although with the top nine cars covered by just 0.8s, it could not claim to be dominant. Risi's two cars took first and third, with Gianmaria Bruno on class pole by 0.062s over Johannes van Overbeek - who produced a great lap in the #01 Extreme Speed Ferrari.

Toni Vilander was third in the additional #61 Risi Ferrari which he will share with ALMS debutant Giancarlo Fisichella. The #45 Flying Lizard Porsche, the BMWs and the Corvettes were next up, while the Falken Porsche missed the session following a fire in practice, but will be ready to start the race.

Jeroen Bleekemolen gave Black Swan Racing the GTC pole, with a 0.3s gap back to Orbit's Bryce Miller and Alex Job's Luis Diaz, who were only 0.001s apart.

Pos Cl Drivers Car Time Gap 1. P Brabham/Pagenaud HPD 1m34.350s 2. P Cocker/Pirro Lola 1m34.886s + 0.536s 3. P Dyson/Smith Lola-Mazda 1m34.909s + 0.559s 4. P Pickett/Graf Porsche 1m34.948s + 0.598s 5. P Field/Field Lola 1m35.379s + 1.029s 6. P Willman/Burgess Lola 1m37.689s + 3.339s 7. PC Jeannette/Zugel ORECA 1m42.592s + 8.242s 8. PC Tucker/Bouchut ORECA 1m42.802s + 8.452s 9. PC Figge/Hyatt ORECA 1m43.115s + 8.765s 10. PC Marcelli/Wong ORECA 1m43.180s + 8.830s 11. PC Tucker/Wallace ORECA 1m44.901s + 10.551s 12. GT Melo/Bruni Ferrari 1m47.667s + 13.317s 13. GT Sharp/van Overbeek Ferrari 1m47.729s + 13.379s 14. GT Fisichella/Vilander Ferrari 1m47.909s + 13.559s 15. GT Bergmeister/Long Porsche 1m47.921s + 13.571s 16. GT Auberlen/Milner BMW 1m47.966s + 13.616s 17. GT Mueller/Hand BMW 1m47.970s + 13.620s 18. GT Beretta/Gavin Corvette 1m48.022s + 13.672s 19. GT Magnussen/O'Connell Corvette 1m48.279s + 13.929s 20. GT Brown/Cosmo Ferrari 1m48.550s + 14.200s 21. GT Robertson/Robertson/Murry Doran Ford 1m50.214s + 15.864s 22. GT Dalziel/Goossens Jaguar 1m52.178s + 17.828s 23. GT Law/Neiman Porsche 1m53.732s + 19.382s 24. GTC Pappas/Bleekemolen Porsche 1m54.641s + 20.291s 25. GTC Miller/Hines Porsche 1m54.953s + 20.603s 26. GTC Gonzalez/Diaz Porsche 1m54.954s + 20.604s 27. GTC Lewis/Vento Porsche 1m55.128s + 20.778s 28. GTC Richard/Lally Porsche 1m55.383s + 21.033s 29. GTC Curtis/Sofronas Porsche 1m55.418s + 21.068s 30. GTC Rodriguez/Bieker Porsche 1m55.432s + 21.082s 31. GTC Sweedler/Kapudija Porsche 1m55.616s + 21.266s 32. GTC Gonzalez/Leitzinger Porsche 1m55.838s + 21.488s 33. GTC Beggs/Baron Porsche 1m57.952s + 23.602s 34. GT Sellers/Henzler Porsche 
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