Nissan dominates GT1 qualifying

The Nissan quartet will fill the first two rows of the grid for the GT1 World Championship qualifying race at Portimao today

Nissan dominates GT1 qualifying

Richard Westbrook put the #22 JR car he shares with Peter Dumbreck on pole by 0.090 seconds over the Enrique Bernoldi and Ricardo Zonta Sumo Power Nissan.

Lucas Luhr (JR) and Jamie Campbell-Walter (Sumo Power) were third and fifth, sandwiching Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner's Young Driver Aston Martin, which will receive a grid penalty for an engine change, moving the second Sumo Power car up.

Swiss Racing Team's Karl Wendlinger and Peter Kox were the top Lamborghini runners in sixth, ahead of the Hexis Aston Martin of Clivio Piccione and Stef Dusseldorp.

Best Ford was the #41 Marc VDS entry, in which Yann Clairay is substituting for Frederic Makowiecki this weekend due to the clashing Le Mans Series/Intercontinental Le Mans Cup race at Spa. Clairay and team-mate Maxime Martin made the Q3 cut but chose to settle for eighth on the grid.

The All-Inkl Lamborghini team - which had been quickest in both qualifying sessions so far this year, won both Zolder races and led the way in Friday practice - had a disastrous session.

Suspected transmission problems halted both cars in the initial segments of qualifying, leaving championship leaders Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock back in 13th on the grid and Nicky Pastorelli and Dominik Schwager last of all, having not even completed a flying lap.

Pos  Drivers                  Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Westbrook/Dumbreck       JRM Nissan             1m42.427s
 2.  Bernoldi/Zonta           Sumo Power Nissan     1m42.517s  + 0.090s
 3.  Luhr/Krumm               JRM Nissan             1m42.574s  + 0.147s
 4.  Mucke/Turner             Young Driver Aston    1m42.726s  + 0.299s
 5.  Campbell-Walter/Brabham  Sumo Power Nissan     1m43.061s  + 0.634s
 6.  Wendlinger/Kox           Swiss Lamborghini     1m43.733s  + 1.306s
 7.  Piccione/Dusseldorp      Hexis Aston           1m44.157s  + 1.730s
 8.  Clairay/Martin           Marc VDS Ford         no time
 9.  Enge/Muller              Young Driver Aston    1m43.534s  (Q2)
10.  Hennerici/Leinders       Marc VDS Ford         1m43.579s  (Q2)
11.  Hohenadel/Piccini        Hexis Aston           1m43.646s  (Q2)
12.  Hezemans/Catsburg        China Corvette        1m43.727s  (Q2)
13.  Winkelhock/Basseng       All-Inkl Lamborghini  1m43.795s  (Q2)
14.  Nilsson/Janak            Swiss Lamborghini     1m43.966s  (Q2)
15.  Bobbi/Rossi              DKR Corvette          1m44.182s  (Q1)
16.  Nygaard/Ickx             Belgian Ford          1m44.650s  (Q1)
17.  Matzke/Leclerc           Belgian Ford          1m45.359s  (Q1)
18.  Pastorelli/Schwager      All-Inkl Lamborghini  no time    (Q1)
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