Qual 1: Kaffer on top

Pierre Kaffer moved a moved a step closer to sealing the inaugural LMES title by setting the pace in first qualifying for this weekend's 1000km at Spa. The German, who shares his Audi Sport UK R8 with Allan McNish, set a best time of 2m13.818s, to head an Audi 1-2-3

Qual 1: Kaffer on top

Overnight rain left the track wet for the start of qualifying and ensured that times dropped throughout as track conditions improved. Kaffer best mastered the conditions lapping more than two seconds quicker than Jamie Davies in the second Audi UK entry. Rinaldo Capello put the third R8 run by Team Goh third on the grid.

While the top three was predictable, the winner of the top non-Audi battle was a surprise, with Sam Hignett taking fourth in the Team Jota Zytek ahead of Soheil Ayari in the Pescarolo Judd.

Uwe Alzen set the fastest time among the GTS runners lapping the circuit in 2m24.291s good enough for 12th on the overall grid. Pedro Lamy was second in class in his Labre Competition Ferrari Maranello 550. There was trouble for Mike Hezemans who lost control of his Ferrari 575 GTC in the reprofiled Bus Stop. The Ferrari suffered heavy front-end damage in the session-stopping shunt.

Sascha Maassen claimed the GT class pole in his Cirtek Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3 RSR, while Jonathan Cochet headed the LM2 runners in his Courage AER.

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