Hungaroring ELMS: Brendon Hartley earns pole for Murphy Prototypes

Brendon Hartley dominated European Le Mans Series qualifying at the Hungaroring to take pole position for Murphy Prototypes

Hungaroring ELMS: Brendon Hartley earns pole for Murphy Prototypes

The ex-Red Bull junior single seater racer was two seconds clear of his nearest challenger in horrendous conditions, as the session was punctuated by several red flag stoppages.

In the end, the Murphy car's nearest challenger was the Race Performance Oreca driven by Patric Niederhauser, just ahead of Nelson Panciatici in the Signatech Alpine.

Panciatici was one of the few drivers to find a clear lap in the last five minutes of green flag action before there was a final stoppage with just over a minute left on the clock.

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However, conditions had worsened since the earlier laps of the session so he was unable to improve.

The poor weather caused problems for two of the championship's frontrunners, with the #1 Thiriet by TDS Racing entry and the #38 Jota Sport car hitting trouble.

Jota's session came to an early end when Oliver Turvey went off and tagged the barriers at Turn 1, while Mathias Beche was one of several cars to spin into the gravel further round the lap.

That left Turvey fifth fastest for Jota, while Beche - sharing with championship leader Pierre Thiriet - was only seventh.

In the GT ranks, the easier to drive GTC cars had the edge over the GTE machines.

That enabled Lorenzo Case to take pole in the GTC AF Corse entry, while Andrea Bertolini was the best GTE runner for JMW Motorsport and went second fastest.

 Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time Gap  1. P2 Hartley/Hirschi Murphy ORECA-Nissan 2m09.301s 2. P2 Frey/Niederhauser Race Peformance ORECA-Judd 2m11.394s +2.093s 3. P2 Ragues/Panciatici Signatech Alpine-Nissan 2m12.251s +2.950s 4. P2 Mediani/Zlobin Oreca-Nissan 2m12.763s +3.462s 5. P2 Dolan/Turvey Jota Zytek-Nissan 2m13.350s +4.049s 6. PC Chatin/Hirsch Endurance FLM 2m13.959s +4.658s 7. P2 Thiriet/Beche TDS ORECA-Nissan 2m16.784s +7.483s 8. P2 Gachnang/Klien Morand Morgan-Judd 2m16.904s +7.603s 9. PC Pons/Ayari Endurance FLM 2m16.927s +7.626s 10. GTC Rizzoli/Gai/Case AF Ferrari 2m17.878s +8.577s 11. GTE Bertolini/Camathias JMW Ferrari 2m19.363s +10.062s 12. GTC Babini/Shaitar/Ladygin SMP Ferrari 2m19.524s +10.223s 13. GTC Rocca/Romanini/Mancini Easy Ferrari 2m20.996s +11.695s 14. GTC Kox/Pronk/Retera Kox Lamborghini 2m22.799s +13.498s 15. P2 Hartshorne/Kapadia/Al-Mudhaf Boutsen ORECA-Nissan 2m23.507s +14.206s 16. GTE Ried/Bachler/Tandy Proton Porsche 2m24.568s +15.267s 17. GTE Milesi/Vernay IMSA Porsche 2m30.589s +21.288s 18. GTE Perrodo/Collard Prospeed Porsche 2m31.706s +22.405s 19. GTE Mowlem/Griffin Ram Ferrari 2m34.872s +25.571s 20. GTC Millroy/McCaig/Twyman Ecosse BMW 2m43.465s +34.164s 21. GTE Jeannette/Montecalvo Ram Ferrari 2m47.476s +38.175s 22. GTE Perazzini/Cioci/Leo AF Ferrari 2m51.096s +41.795s 23. PC Jones/Catsburg Endurance FLM - 24. GTE Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank AF Ferrari - 25. GTC Markozov/Persiani/Frolov SMP Ferrari - 
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