Pescarolo on Pole for Spa 1000

Pescarolo Sport have claimed the overall pole position for tomorrow's Le Mans Endurance Series opener at the 1000 Kilometres of Spa

Pescarolo on Pole for Spa 1000

The team, led by Jean Christophe Bouillon, claimed LMP1 pole with a lap just two hundredths ahead of Creation Autosportif's Judd-powered car, driven by Nicolas Minassian.

Minassian was philosophical about the close miss: "It's good but disappointing because it's very close. I think we can say that, with the restrictions we have this year [due to the new regulations], we are the best of the rest. The car is good in the wet and it will be good in the dry as well, though it will be more difficult to overtake in the wet."

Behind them the LMP2 pole was taken by RML's MG Lola, just ahead of the Paul Belmondo Racing Courage/Ford, while GT1 honours were claimed by Convers Team's Ferrari 550, ahead of the GT2 class polesitter of the Gruppe M Racing Porsche 996.

The session was affected by inclement weather, which has caused the British Formula Three race to be cancelled, but race organisers are confident that the LMES race will run tomorrow without problem.

1000 Kilometres of Spa - Qualifying:

Pos Class Drivers Make Time Laps Gap 1. LMP1 Bouillon/Collard/Comas Pescarolo C60 2:21.076 9 2. LMP1 Minassian/Campbell DBA 03S Judd 2:21.095 8 + 0.019 3. LMP1 Shimoda/Nielsen/Elgaard Zytek 04S 2:22.156 9 + 1.080 4. LMP1 Ortelli/Gounon Audi R8 2:23.238 9 + 2.162 5. LMP1 Magnussen/Moller/Keen Lister Storm LMP 2:24.135 8 + 3.059 6. LMP1 Short/Barff/Ickx Dallara Judd 2:24.215 9 + 3.139 7. LMP1 Michigami/Wakisaka Dome S101 HB Mugen 2:25.886 9 + 4.810 8. LMP1 Hignett/Stack/Kurosawa Zytek 04S 2:28.340 7 + 7.264 9. LMP2 Newton/Erdos MG Lola EX 264 2:28.349 7 + 7.273 10. LMP2 Gosselin/Ojjeh/Vosse Courage C65 Ford 2:28.757 7 + 7.681 11. LMP1 Krumm/Barbosa/Thompson Dallara Nissan 2:28.857 4 + 7.781 12. LMP2 Belmondo/Andre/Iannetta Courage C65 Ford 2:29.739 7 + 8.663 13. LMP2 Hillebrand/Leroch/Deman Courage C65 Judd 2:32.073 8 +10.997 14. LMP2 Peroni/Savoldi Lucchini XV Judd 2:32.273 8 +11.197 15. LMP1 Cochet/Frei/Vann Courage C60 2:32.689 7 +11.613 16. LMP2 Bennett/Primat/Fisken Courage C65 Judd 2:33.271 7 +12.195 17. LMP2 Tinseau/Pillon/Amorin Courage Mecachrome 2:33.546 8 +12.470 18. GT1 Fomenko/Vasiliev/Bouchut Ferrari 550 M 2:35.470 5 +14.394 19. LMP2 Maury Laribiere/Belloc/Briere Courage Mecachrome 2:35.781 7 +14.705 20. LMP2 Berridge/Evans/Owen Lola AER 2:35.787 6 +14.711 21. LMP2 Rostan/Bruneau/Peugeot Pilbeam JPX 2:36.208 8 +15.132 22. GT1 Pergl/Enge Ferrari 550 M 2:38.076 3 +17.000 23. GT1 Bobbi/Ruberti/Lemeret Saleen S7R 2:39.825 5 +18.749 24. LMP2 Randaccio/Mancini Tampolli McLaren 2:40.684 6 +19.608 25. GT1 Gollin/Ramos/Cressoni Ferrari 550 M 2:40.837 5 +19.761 26. GT1 Pescatori/Bartyan/Seiler Ferrari 550 M 2:41.680 4 +20.604 27. GT1 Perret/Emeric/Leuenberger Chrysler Viper 2:43.270 5 +22.194 28. LMP2 Ugeux/Prospero Lucchini Alfa 2:43.483 7 +22.407 29. GT1 Kaufmann/Van De Poele Porsche 996 Turbo 2:43.814 5 +22.738 30. GT2 Cocker/Sugden Porsche 996 GT3 R 2:44.242 4 +23.166 31. GT2 Barazi/Vergers Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 2:44.883 5 +23.807 32. GT2 Kirkaldy/Kinch Ferrari 360 Modena 2:45.175 5 +24.099 33. GT2 Hughes/Kane/Tomlinson TVR Tuscan T400R 2:45.223 4 +24.147 34. GT2 Rosa/Drudi/Babini Ferrari 360 Modena 2:45.225 5 +24.149 35. GT2 Yamagashi/Jones/Pompidou Porsche 996 GT3 RS 2:45.979 5 +24.903 36. GT2 Lambert/Lefort/Palltala Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 2:46.258 5 +25.182 37. GT1 Sutherland/Gabbiani/Cole Saleen S7R 2:46.344 4 +25.268 38. GT2 Hynes/Pearce/Temtleman TVR Tuscan T400R 2:46.759 4 +25.683 39. GT2 Groppi/Moccia/Camathias Porsche 996 GT3 RS 2:47.255 5 +26.179 40. GT2 Noel/Houzelot Porsche 996 GT3 R 2:47.781 4 +26.705 41. GT2 Hartshorne/Stanton/Eagling TVR Tuscan T400R 2:47.905 5 +26.829 42. GT2 Collin/Felbermayr/Felbermayr Porsche 996 GT3 RS 2:48.348 5 +27.272 43. GT2 Nielsen/Thyrring/Ehret Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 2:48.646 5 +27.570 44. GT2 Daniels Gooding/Lavaggi Porsche 996 GT3 RS 2:49.501 5 +28.425 45. GT2 Petersen/Leutwiller/Lueders Porsche 996 GT3 RS 2:51.144 5 +30.068 46. GT2 Van Merksteijn/Munsterhuis Spyker C8 Spyder 2:53.324 4 +32.248
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