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 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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