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Brundle: 'I'm going to win this race'

Pole winner Martin Brundle knows he has a race on but is confident of winning this weekend's Le Mans race

The British driver, whose Toyota GT-One team fills the front row, is sure he can reproduce his qualifying form and win the 24-hour race.

'I'm going to win this race,' he said.

'Getting pole is a milestone I'm proud of. We have beaten the best of the opposition and it will be a very close race.

'I feel right mentally and physically to win this race. I'm very confident.'

Brundle (1) put in the fastest time in yesterday's session, setting a lap record of 3:29.930, while his team-mate Thierry Boutsen (2) was second.

Today the two cars were considerably slower, possibly concentrating on the set-up and in the knowledge that their times were good enough for the front row.

Brundle said, 'I think we've got the upper hand, but a second a lap will still not be enough.

'We'll need reliability. There is definitely a race on.'

Behind them in third is the BMW of JJ Lehto/Tom Kristensen/Jorg Muller (17), which put in its fastest lap near the end of the final session.

Joining the BMW on the second row is the number 6 Mercedes, and behind them come Panoz (12) and the second BMW (15).

The final two-hour session was uneventful as far as positioning went, but in the first session Mark Webber Mercedes' had an almighty crash, cartwheeling three times between the Mulsanne corner and Indianapolis.

The Australian was taken to hospital, complaining of rib pains.


Leading final qualifying positions


























































Car No


Drivers


Team


Time


1


Brundle/Collard/Sospiri


Toyota GT-One


3:29.930


2


Boutsen/McNish/Kelleners


Toyota GT-One


3:30.801


17


Lehto/Kristensen/Muller


BMW V12 LMR


3:31.209


6


Schneider/Lamy/Lagorce


Mercedes CLR


3:31.541


12


Brabham/Bernard/Leitzinger


Panoz LMP Spyder


3:33.711


15


Martini/Dalmas/Winkelhock


BMW V12 LMR


3:33.931


5


Bouchut/Dumbreck/Heidfeld


Mercedes CLR


3:34.138


3


Katayama/Suzuki/Tsuchiya


Toyota GT-One


3:34.755


7


Alboreto/Capello/Aiello


Audi R8R


3:34.891


4


Webber/Gounon/Tiemann


Mercedes CLR


3:35.301

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