Boullion Tops Warm-Up

Jean-Christophe Boullion set the pace in morning warm-up for the 73rd Le Mans 24 Hours that gets underway later today at 16:00

Boullion Tops Warm-Up

Boullion guided the lead Pescarolo Sport entry that he shares with pole setter Emmanuel Collard and Erik Comas around the 8.45-mile circuit in a best lap of 3m37.042s in the 45-minute session.

While the warm-up is traditionally a chance to check that all is working as it should after a day of installing new mechanical parts for the race ahead, the 4.017 second advantage the blue, white and green car enjoyed over the next fastest car, the JJ Lehto/Tom Kristensen/Marco Werner Champion Racing Audi R8 emphasised the performance margin between the two cars.

The second Champion Racing Audi of Frank Biela, Allan McNish and Emanuele Pirro was third fastest, lapping in 3m41.250s, with the other Pescarolo of Soheil Ayari, Eric Helary and reigning World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb fourth in 3m41.967s.

The Creation Autosportif DBA continued to prove that it's right in the mix by being fifth fastest with a lap of 3m42.338s, showing that Jamie Campbell-Walter, Nicolas Minassian and former Le Mans winner Andy Wallace are not to be discounted.

Intersport Racing fielded the fastest of the LMP2 runners, with the Lola it is running for Gregor Fisken, Liz Halliday and Sam Hancock being 11th fastest overall, lapping in 4m49.477s, outrunning the Kruse Motorsport Courage by just over a second.

Aston Martin put another over Chevrolet by being fastest in GT1, with the David Brabham/Stephane Sarrazin/Darren Turner DBR9 outpacing the Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Max Papis Corvette C6.R by 0.85s, leaving even the sport's insiders unsure as to what pace the C6-Rs will be able to run in the race, with many still convinced that they're sandbagging.

Alex Job Racing, the team that claimed pole position for the GT2 class, was again fastest in class, with Marc Lieb setting a lap of 4m08.050s in the 911 GT3-RSR that he shares with Leo Hindery and Mike Rockenfeller.

The team that was most pleased simply to be out there at all was G-Force Racing which had worked flat-out for almost two days to rebuild its LMP2 Courage after Frank Hahn crashed it in qualifying when the suspension collapsed. It covered but a handful of laps, but will at least be ready for the race.

So, the teams have three hours to finish preparing their cars for the race before they have to push them out onto the grid and position them in "ear of corn" style for the notoriously lengthy pre-amble to the race, with the drivers of each of the 49 cars being presented to the public from 13:30.

Pos # Team Drivers Car Class Time Gap
.1 16 Pescarolo Sport Collard E
Boullion JC
Comas E
Pescarolo Judd LM1 3:37.042
.2 3 Champion Racing Lehto JJ
Werner M
Kristensen T
Audi R8 LM1 3:41.059 + 4.017
.3 2 Champion Racing Biela F
Pirro E
Mc Nish A
Audi R8 LM1 3:41.250 + 4.208
.4 17 Pescarolo Sport Loeb S
Helary E
Ayari S
Pescarolo Judd LM1 3:41.967 + 4.925
.5 7 Creation Autosportif Minassian N
Wallace A
DBA Judd LM1 3:42.338 + 5.296
.6 4 Audi Playstation Oreca Montagny F
Gounon JM
Ortelli S
Audi R8 LM1 3:43.279 + 6.237
.7 13 Courage Competition Cochet J
Nakano S
Jouanny B
Courage Judd LM1 3:43.284 + 6.242
.8 5 Jim Gainer International Michigami R
Ara S
Kaneishi K
Dome Mugen LM1 3:43.543 + 6.501
.9 12 Courage Competition Schwager D
Frei A
Vann C
Courage Judd LM1 3:44.872 + 7.830
.10 10 Racing For Holland Lammers J
Julian E
Bosch J
Dome Judd LM1 3:47.198 + 10.156
.11 32 Intersport Racing Fisken G
Halliday E
Hancock S
Lola AER LM2 3:49.477 + 12.435
.12 30 Kruse Motorsport Bennett P
Mitchell I
Mullen T
Courage Judd LM2 3:50.620 + 13.578
.13 9 Team Jota - Zytek Hignett S
Stack J
Kurosawa H
Zytek 04S LM1 3:52.590 + 15.548
.14 39 Chamberlain Synergy Motor Evans R
Berridge R
Owen P
Lola AER LM2 3:53.173 + 16.131
.15 37 Paul Belmondo Racing Belmondo P
Andre D
Sutherland R
Courage C65 Fo LM2 3:54.410 + 17.368
.16 18 Rollcentre Racing Short M
Barbosa J
Ickx V
Dallara Judd LM1 3:55.949 + 18.907
.17 59 Aston Martin Racing Brabham D
Sarrazin S
Turner D
Aston Martin D GT1 3:56.512 + 19.470
.18 63 Corvette Racing Fellows R
O'connel J
Papis M
Corvette C6-R GT1 3:57.353 + 20.311
.19 34 Miracle Motorsports Macaluso J
James I
Lally A
Courage AER LM2 3:58.526 + 21.484
.20 64 Corvette Racing Gavin O
Beretta O
Magnussen J
Corvette C6-R GT1 3:58.887 + 21.845
.21 33 Intersport Racing Zlobin S
Briere B
Barazi J
Courage AER LM2 4:01.254 + 24.212
.22 51 BMS Scuderia Italia Pescatori C
Gollin F
Ramos M
Ferrari 550Mar GT1 4:01.446 + 24.404
.23 69 JMB Racing De Fournoux Jr
Daoudi S
Matthews J
Ferrari 575 GT GT1 4:04.341 + 27.299
.24 58 Aston Martin Racing Enge T
Kox P
Lamy P
Aston Martin D GT1 4:04.411 + 27.369
.25 36 Paul Belmondo Racing Gosselin CY
Ojjeh K
Sharpe A
Courage C65 Fo LM2 4:04.702 + 27.660
.26 25 RML Erdos T
Newton M
Hughes W
Lola MG LM2 4:05.047 + 28.005
.27 31 Del Bello Noel Amorin N
Iannetta R
Pillon CH
Courage - CG LM2 4:05.312 + 28.270
.28 71 Alex Job Racing Hindery L
Rockenfeller M
Lieb M
Porsche 911 GT3 Rsr GT2 4:08.050 + 31.008
.29 52 BMS Scuderia Italia Bartyan M
Malucelli M
Seiler T
Ferrari 550Mar GT1 4:09.202 + 32.160
.30 78 Panoz Motor Sports Sellers B
Franchitti M
Bourdais P
Panoz Elan GT2 4:11.211 + 34.169
.31 77 Panoz Motor Sports Auberlen B
Liddell R
Maxwell SC
Panoz Elan GT2 4:13.303 + 36.261
.32 85 Spyker Squadron Coronel T
Crevels D
Van Merksteijn
Spyker C8 Spyd GT2 4:14.006 + 36.964
.33 90 White Lightning Racing Bergmeister J
Long P
Bernhard T
Porsche 911 GT GT2 4:15.089 + 38.047
.34 61 Cirtek Motorsport Fomenko N
Vasiliev A
Bouchut CH
Ferrari 550Mar GT1 4:17.623 + 40.581
.35 91 T2M Motorsport Pompidou X
Blanchemain JL
Yamagishi Y
Porsche 911 GT GT2 4:17.991 + 40.949
.36 20 Bruneau Pierre Rostan M
Haezebrouck P
Bruneau P
Pilbeam JPX LM2 4:19.834 + 42.792
.37 93 Scuderia Ecosse Kinch N
Kirkaldy A
Reid A
Ferrari 360 Mo GT2 4:21.052 + 44.010
.38 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Policand J
Campbell CH
Alphand L
Porsche 911 GT GT2 4:22.360 + 45.318
.39 24 Rachel Welter Terada Y
Roussel P
Binnie W
Wr Peugeot LM2 4:23.170 + 46.128
.40 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Van Overbeek J
Pechnik L
Neiman S
Porsche 911 GT GT2 4:23.194 + 46.152
.41 83 Seikel Motorsport Collin P
Felbermayr H
Shep D
Porsche 911 GT GT2 4:23.404 + 46.362
.42 92 Cirtek Motorsport Macari J
Ericsson S
Wilson R
Ferrari 360 Mo GT2 4:27.580 + 50.538
.43 23 Gerard Welter Bouvet JB
Boulay S
Julien R
WR LM2 4:40.037 + 1:02.995
.44 95 RaceSport Peninsula TVR Hartshorne J
Stanton R
Johnson P
TVR Tuscan T40 GT2 4:45.936 + 1:08.894
.45 89 Sebah Automotive Nielsen L E
Thyrring T
Ehret P
Porsche 911 GT GT2 4:47.498 + 1:10.456
.46 76 Raymon Narrac Dumas R
Dumez S
Narac R
Porsche 911 GT GT2 6:07.753 + 2:30.711
.47 35 G-Force Racing Hillebrand V
Hahn F
Pickering G
Courage C65 Ju LM2 10:11.737 + 6:34.695
.48 8 Rollcentre Racing Verdon Roe RG
Krumm M
Primat H
Dallara Nissan LM1
.49 50 Larbre Competition Goueslard P
Dupard O
Vosse V
Ferrari 550Mar GT1
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