Lehto holds Charlotte pole

JJ Lehto held his pole position in second qualifying for the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Charlotte

Lehto holds Charlotte pole

The Finn only just held off the Panoz of Jan Magnussen and David Brabham. The works Audi's will start behind Team Rafanelli's Lola in fourth and fifth positions.

'It'll be flat-out first lap to last,' Lehto predicted. 'It will be up to tyres and pit stop tactics. The times are very close.'

Allan McNish reckoned he could have qualified his Audi higher than fifth but for a mistake in qualifying.

'I had a little oversteer onto the banking and did a half-spin,' he explained. 'In Audi's favour, the car has always been very reliable.

'This track is very hard on car and driver and the competition is very close.'

The race is scheduled to last for two and three-quarter hours. There were no surprises in the lower class where the ORECA Vipers dominated GTS and Lucas Luhr and Dirk Muller set the GT pace.

Qualifying positions from Charlotte:



























































































































































































1


JJ. Lehto


J.Muller


BMW


BMW V12 LMR


1m04.096s

 

2


J.Magnussen


D.Brabham

 

Panoz


Panoz LMP-1


1m04.202s


3


M.Schiattarella


D.de Radigues

 

Rafanelli


Lola-Judd


1m04.431s


4


F.Biela


E.Pirro

 

Audi Sport


Audi R8


1m04.439s


5


A.McNish


R.Capello


M.Alboreto


Audi Sport


Audi R8


1m04.563s


6


B.Auberlen


J-M.Gounon


BMW


BMW V12 LMR


1m04.695s

 

7


H.Katoh


J.O'Connell

 

Panoz


Panoz LMP-1


1m05.361s


8


N.Simon


G.Blieninger


B.Simo


Pole Team


R&S-Judd


1m06.665s


9


O.Beretta


K.Wendlinger

 

ORECA


Dodge Viper


1m10.141s


10


T.Archer


D.Donohue

 

ORECA


Dodge Viper


1m10.884s


11


L.Luhr


D.Muller

 

Barbour


Porsche 911 GT3


1m13.127s


12


R.Pobst


B.Lambert

 

Alex Job


Porsche 911 GT3


1m13.949s


13


V.Rice


Z.Brown

 

Roock


Porsche 911


1m14.763s


14


B.Wollek


S.Maassen

 

Barbour


Porsche 911 GT3


1m15.312s


15


S.Lewis


C.Wagner

 

MCR


Porsche 911 GT3


1m16.167s


16


B.Cunningham


P.Cunningham

 

PTG


BMW E46


1m16.367s


17


H.Stuck


J.van Overbeek


B.Said


PTG


BMW E46


1m16.399s


18


D.Murry


J.Mowlem

 

Skea


Porsche 911 GT3


1m16.440s


19


M.Fitzgerald


B.Nagel

 

Alex Job


Porsche 911 GT3


1m16.857s


20


S.Shalala


B.Godin

 

McGill


Porsche 911


1m16.954s


21


I.James


J.Barbosa

 

MCR


Porsche 911 GT3


1m16.977s


22


Q.Wahl


G.Jeanette

 

Lightning


Porsche 911 GT3


1m20.341s


23


R.Skea


L.Hawkins

 

Skea


Porsche 911 GT3


1m22.699s

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