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Pagenaud puts De Ferran on Utah pole

A week after taking pole for Peugeot in the Spa Le Mans Series race, Simon Pagenaud returned to his 'day job' with De Ferran Acura in the American Le Mans Series and set the fastest time in qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah

The rival Highcroft Acura topped most of the session in David Brabham's hands, but Pagenaud managed to overcome the Australian with a late 1m30.645s lap. Despite improving his own time, Brabham could not get within 0.7 seconds of Pagenaud's pace.

Luis Diaz maintained Fernandez Acura's class pole run in LMP2, beating the evenly-matched Dyson Lola-Mazdas by a comfortable 0.7s.

The new hybrid Ginetta-Zytek run by Corsa Motorsports will start its first race from sixth on the overall grid, Johnny Mowlem having lapped 4.3s off the LMP1 Acuras' pace on his car's debut.

Jorg Bergmeister took a remarkable GT2 pole, requiring just one flying lap to plant his Flying Lizard Porsche on the top spot.

Risi Ferrari's Jaime Melo and Farnbacher Loles Porsche's Wolf Henzler tried hard but had to settle for second and third, with Vici Porsche driver Nicky Pastorelli splitting the Rahal Letterman BMWs by taking fifth on the class grid.

The Utah event sees the debut of the new Challenge class for GT3 Porsches, designed to fill out the field while entries are down amid the economic crisis. Carl Skerlong was the fastest of the newcomers, beating Martin Snow to class pole by just 0.006s, and third-placed Bob Faleta by a similarly scant 0.082s.

Pos  Cl   Drivers                    Car                  Time
 1.  P1   De Ferran/Pagenaud         Acura ARX-02a        1m30.645s
 2.  P1   Brabham/Sharp              Acura ARX-02a        1m31.381s
 3.  P2   Fernandez/Diaz             Acura ARX-01b        1m32.749s
 4.  P2   Leitzinger/Franchitti      Mazda Lola B09 86    1m33.513s
 5.  P2   Dyson/Smith                Mazda Lola B09 86    1m33.685s
 6.  P1   Mowlem/Johansson           Ginetta-Zytek 09SH   1m34.957s
 7.  P1   Field/Field/Ducote         Lola B06/10 AER      1m35.471s
 8.  P1   Willman/Lewis              Lola B06/10 AER      1m36.401s
 9.  GT2  Bergmeister/Long           Porsche 911 GT3 RSR  1m47.120s
10.  GT2  Melo/Kaffer                Ferrari 430 GT       1m47.265s
11.  GT2  Werner/Henzler             Porsche 911 GT3 RSR  1m47.319s
12.  GT2  Mueller/Milner             BMW M3 E92           1m48.314s
13.  GT2  Stuck/Pastorelli           Porsche 911 GT3 RSR  1m48.599s
14.  GT2  Auberlen/Hand              BMW M3 E92           1m48.628s
15.  GT2  Farnbacher/James           Panoz Esperante      1m49.084s
16.  GT2  Robertson/Murry/Robertson  Doran Ford GT Mk 7   1m49.888s
17.  GT2  Neiman/van Overbeek        Porsche 911 GT3 RSR  1m52.709s
18.  GT2  Feinberg/Hall              Dodge Viper Comp     1m53.032s
19.  CS   Parker/Skerlong            Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  1m56.166s
20.  CS   Snow/Snow                  Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  1m56.172s
21.  CS   Hoaglund/Faieta            Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  1m56.248s
22.  CS   Brown/Sweedler             Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  1m57.500s
23.  CS   Baker/Cosmo                Porsche 911 GT3 Cup  2m00.085s

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