Weaver and Wallace take Grand-Am pole

James Weaver and Andy Wallace set the pace in qualifying for the second round of the new Grand-Am Championship at Phoenix, but only after the Risi Ferrari had its times disallowed because of a technical infringement on the car's airbox

Weaver and Wallace take Grand-Am pole

The decision promoted Weaver and Wallace's Dyson Racing R&S-Ford to the top spot, ahead of the Judd-powered car of Robinson Racing's George Robinson and Jack Baldwin.

Mimmo Schiattarella and Ralf Kelleners will now start from the rear of the grid. The Grand-Am series, a rival to the thriving American Le Mans Series, was supposed to run Sports Racers and GT cars in separate races, but with only nine prototypes and 13 GT cars, the decision was taken last week to combine the whole field.

The Doran Racing Ferrari-Judd hybrid of Fredy Lienhard and Didier Theys is likely to be Dyson's main opposition in the race. Lienhard qualified the car fourth behind Jon Field and Dale Whittington's Lola.

Qualifying order at Phoenix:

1 J Weaver/A Wallace R&S-Ford 54.316s
2 G Robinson/J Baldwin R&S-Judd 54.511s
3 J Field/D Whittington Lola-Ford 55.071s
4 F Lienhard/D Theys Ferrari-Judd 57.076s
5 R Johnson/T Borcheller Saleen Mustang 59.249s
6 L Schumacher/M Snow Lola-Nissan 1m00.489s
7 L Oberto/R Hampton Magnum-Chevrolet 1m00.923s
8 D Spencer/R Grupp Kudzu-Mazda 1m01.137s
9 C Conway/D Goad Chevrolet Camaro 1m01.236s
10 D Law/M Fitzgerald Porsche 911 GT3R 1m01.876s
11 K Buckler/P Collin Porsche 911 GT3R 1m02.663s
12 G Wilkins/D Lacey Porsche 911 GT2 1m02.976s
13 K Hiskey/S Valentinetti Porsche 911 RSR 1m03.748s
14 R Dyson/E Forbes-Robinson R&S-Ford 1m03.753s
15 A McNeil/D Mills Chevrolet Camaro 1m03.753s
16 C Cook/S Marshall Porsche 911 RSR 1m03.806s
17 R Fairbanks/B Auberlen BMW M3 1m04.140s
18 S Neuman/A Pilgrim BMW M3 1m04.855s
19 L Bouchier/S Shalala Porsche 911 RSR 1m04.659s
20 B Nesbitt/P Jenkins Ford Mustang 1m05.552s
21 M Schiattarella/R Kelleners Ferrari 1m03.904s
22 M Montgomery/S Deware Porsche 968 1m06.898s

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