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Pescarolo Trio Still to Qualify

Pescarolo Sport, the team that dominated pre-event testing and topped last night's first qualifying session, have still to qualify their second car

Although the number 16 Pescarolo driven by Jean-Christophe Bouillion, Emmanuel Collard and Erik Comas lapped 10th fastest overall, not one of its three drivers completed a single lap of night-time qualifying in the second two-hour segment of the session after the car was struck by mechanical problems.

With a minimum of three night-time laps required for each of the drivers to qualify for the race, they will have to pray that they are faced with no mechanical problems when they head out to record the necessary laps after 22:00 tonight.

Eight other drivers have also failed to cover the three laps required. They are fellow LMP1 driver Jonathan Cochet from the number 13 Courage Competition that he's sharing with Bruce Jouanny and Shinji Nakano, with Christian Vann managing just two night-time laps in the sister car he's piloting with Alexander Frei and Dominik Schwager.

In LMP2, Peter Owen's accident early in the first half of yesterday's qualifying means that Bob Berridge and Gareth Evans have also to join him in recording their night-time laps in the Team Chamberlain-Synergy Lola tonight.

The only driver still to complete night-time qualifying in GT1 is Christophe Bouchut, an early class pace-setter in the Cirtek Motorsport Ferrari 550 Maranello.

Finally, Marino Franchitti and Patrick Bourdais have still to record any night-time laps in the number 78 Panoz Esperante GTLM they're sharing with Bryan Sellers after it managed just three laps with the American driver onboard after the blue lights were switched on along the pit wall to notify that dark had fallen officially.

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