Shimoda Claims Mid-Ohio Pole

All four class qualifying records were broken as Hayanari Shimoda claimed pole position for the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio

Shimoda Claims Mid-Ohio Pole

Shimoda claimed pole by over a second with a 1:11.333 lap in the Zytek 04S he is sharing with Tom Chilton, with James Weaver in the first of the Lola EX257s outpacing the two Audi R8s. Clint Field sits on the LMP2 pole in the Lola B05/40 with a time of 1:16.540.

LMGT1 is led by the factory Chevrolet Corvette C6-Rs, Oliver Gavin outpacing Johnny O'Connell by less than a tenth of a second.

Finally, in LMGT2, the fastest time was set by Timo Bernhard in a class solely comprised of Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs, Bernhard almost a second clear of his competitors.

Four cars had times disallowed, the Maserati MC12 of Andrea Bertolini/Fabrizio De Simone losing its times after electing to change tyres when De Simone spun and flat-spotted his tyres. Patrick Long/Jorg Bergmeister and Scott Maxwell/Bryan Sellers had ride height violations, while Bill Auberlen/Robin Liddell had a driver substitution due to force majeure.

Starting Grid for the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio.

Pos Driver Make Class Time 1. Hayanari Shimoda/Tom Chilton Zytek 04S LMP1 1:11.333 2. James Weaver/Butch Leitzinger Lola EX257 LMP1 1:12.431 3. JJ Lehto/Marco Werner Audi R8 LMP1 1:12.925 4. Emanuele Pirro/Frank Biela Audi R8 LMP1 1:13.184 5. Chris Dyson/Andy Wallace Lola EX257 LMP1 1:13.272 6. Clint Field/Jon Field Lola B05/40 LMP2 1:14.699 7. Jeff Bucknum/Chris McMurry Courage C-65 LMP2 1:16.540 8. Oliver Gavin/Olivier Beretta Chevrolet Corvette C6-R LMGT1 1:18.033 9. Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell Chevrolet Corvette C6-R LMGT1 1:18.131 10. Jamie Bach/Guy Cosmo Courage/Mazda LMP2 1:18.321 11. Terry Borcheller/Johnny Mowlem Saleen S7R LMGT1 1:19.055 12. Alex Figge/Ryan Dalziel Chevrolet Corvette C5-R LMGT1 1:20.377 13. Tom Weickardt/Michele Rugolo/Jean-Philippe Belloc Dodge Viper LMGT1 1:20.566 14. Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGT2 1:22.663 15. Randy Pobst/Ian Baas Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGT2 1:23.512 16. Lonnie Pechnik/Seth Neiman Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGT2 1:23.616 17. James van Overbeek/Jon Fogarty Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGT2 1:23.849 18. Justin Jackson/Tim Sugden Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGT2 1:24.186 19. Tony Burgess/Mike Rockenfeller Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGT2 no time 20. TBA/TBA Lola B2K/40 Judd LMP2 no time 21. Andrea Bertolini/Fabrizio De Simone Maserati MC12 GT1 22. Patrick Long/Jorg Bergmeister Porsche 911 GT3 RSR LMGT2 23. Scott Maxwell/Bryan Sellers Panoz Esperante GTLM LMGT2 24. Bill Auberlen/Robin Liddell Panoz Esperante GTLM LMGT2 
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