Danny Watts claimed his first pole position at the wheel of a prototype in qualifying for tomorrow's opening round of the Le Mans Series at Barcelona.
Watts, 29, set a best time of 1m32.462 aboard the Strakka Racing Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S to seal pole. An all-British front row was completed when Darren Turner was second fastest in the #009 Lola-Aston Martin with a time just half a second slower.
Watts, who was qualifying a prototype for the first time, said: "The car was perfect. It was easy to drive, felt comfortable in every corner and was really consistent. We didn't show our hand in practice, because we were working on the set-up and getting my team-mates comfortable.
"I was really surprised to do that time because I hadn't gone quicker than a 1m36s in practice."
Turner ended up six tenths faster than Aston Martin Racing team-mate Stefan Mucke in third place. Fourth position went to Pescarolo Sport driver Jean-Christophe Boullion, who was on his out lap when the session was interrupted by a red flag. The Frenchman could only match his morning free practice time on his subsequent run.
Giacomo Piccini, brother of former FIA GT Championship frontrunner Andrea, took LMP2 qualifying honours in the Racing Box team's second Lola-Judd coupe. The 24-year-old Italian edged out Olivier Pla in the ASM Team Ginetta-Zytek to claim the class pole on his first outing in a prototype.
GT1 honours went to the Reiter-run IPB Spartak Lamborghini driven by Peter Kox. The Dutchman was more nearly 1.5sec ahead of the second-placed car in class, the Luc Alphand Aventures Chevrolet Corvette with Yann Clairay at the wheel.
Gianmaria Bruni claimed a debut GT2 pole for the new JMW Ferrari team. The team bounced back from a disappointing Friday during which its 430 GT barely ran courtesy of misfire.
Pos Cl Drivers Car Time 1. LMP1 Watts/Leventis/Hardman Ginetta Zytek 1:32.492 2. LMP1 Primat/Ramos/Turner Lola Aston Martin 1:32.942 3. LMP1 Charouz/Enge/Mucke Lola Aston Martin 1:33.532 4. LMP1 Boullion/Tinseau Pescarolo Judd 1:33.572 5. LMP1 Belicchi/Fassler/Prost Lola Aston Martin 1:33.724 6. LMP1 Albers/Bakkerud Audi R10 TDI 1:34.266 7. LMP1 Ortelli/Senna Oreca AIM 1:34.442 8. LMP1 Panis/Lapierre Oreca AIM 1:34.566 9. LMP1 Ragues/Mailleux Oreca Judd 1:35.044 10. LMP1 Jouanny/Barbosa Pescarolo Judd 1:35.412 11. LMP1 Krumm/Meyrick/Zwolsman Audi R10 TDI 1:35.526 12. LMP2 Ceccato/Francioni/Piccini Lola Judd 1:36.156 13. LMP2 Amaral/Pla Ginetta Zytek 1:36.172 14. LMP2 Kane/Leuenberger/Pompidou Lola Judd 1:36.328 15. LMP2 Biagi/Bobbi/Piccini Lola Judd 1:37.026 16. LMP2 Erdos/Newton Lola Mazda 1:37.032 17. LMP2 Ojjeh/Gosselin/Peter Ginetta Zytek 1:38.018 18. LMP2 Noda/Sini/Marsh Lola Mazda 1:39.130 19. LMP2 Salini/Salini/Gommendy WR Zytek 1:39.184 20. LMP2 Lahaye/Ajlani Pescarolo Mazda 1:39.856 21. LMP2 Bruneau/Moseley/Greensall Radical AER 1:40.342 22. LMP2 Schell/Thirion Courage AER 1:43.426 23. LMGT1 Rusinov/Kox Lamborghini 1:44.446 24. LMP2 Randaccio/Giammaria Lucchini McLaren 1:45.150 25. LMGT1 Alphand/Goueslard/Clairay Corvette C6.R 1:45.926 26. LMGT1 Berville/Dumez/Zacchia Saleen S7R 1:46.834 27. LMGT1 Konopka/Edwards/Daniels Saleen S7R 1:46.902 28. LMP2 Moncada/Cortes/Armetta Lucchini Judd 1:47.288 29. LMGT2 Bell/Bruni Ferrari F430 GT 1:48.606 30. LMGT2 Garcia/Mansell Ferrari F430 GT 1:48.666 31. LMGT2 Pilet/Narac Porsche 997 GT3 1:48.752 32. LMP2 Ibanez/Da Rocha/Cavailhes Courage AER 1:48.836 33. LMGT2 Lieb/Lietz Porsche 997 GT3 1:49.006 34. LMGT2 Hartshorne/Lebon/Ianetta Ferrari F430 GT 1:49.424 35. LMGT2 Simonsen/Montanari Ferrari F430 GT 1:49.552 36. LMGT2 Ehret/Beltoise Ferrari F430 GT 1:49.848 37. LMGT2 Rosa/Montermini/Petrobelli Ferrari F430 GT 1:50.164 38. LMGT2 Coronel/Janis Spyker C8 1:50.180 39. LMGT2 McInerney/McInerney/Vergers Ferrari F430 GT 1:50.368 40. LMGT2 Cocker/Drayson Aston Martin 1:50.492 41. LMGT2 Ried/Felbermayr/Martins Porsche 997 GT3 1:51.368 42. LMGT2 Tenchini/Basso/Plati Ferrari F430 GT 1:51.470