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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