Qualifying 3: No change at the top
Tom Kristensen's provisional pole lap from yesterday (Wednesday) proved unbeatable in the first of tonight's qualifying sessions, allowing the number 7 Bentley to edge ever closer to securing pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours
The second Bentley, co-driven by Johnny Herbert, Mark Blundell and David Brabham, did increase its speed in the session, but a best-time of 3m35.128s still leaves it over two seconds in arrears.
The session took some time to get going, with red flags appearing twice early on. Jamie Campbell-Walter caused the first red-flag when he crashed in the Lister Storm. The second stoppage was caused when the PK Sport GT class Porsche spun on oil dropped by another runner.
However, most of the action in the session happened towards the end, once the air temperature began to fall. Jan Magnussen took advantage of the conditions to move the Team Goh Audi Sport Japan R8 up into third position. The similar Champion Racing stayed in fourth position, despite improving its time.
The biggest loser of the top five came from the third R8 of Audi Sport UK. Having been third fastest yesterday, the team of Frank Biela, Mika Salo and Perry McCarthy find themselves back in fifth position.
The pair of Racing For Holland Dome's line up in sixth and seventh position, with driver/owner Jan Lammers once again the pace-setter in the team. The JML Team Panoz remains in eighth position, ahead of the lead Pescarolo Sport Courage.
The Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari's increased their grip on the GTS category. Tomas Enge's time from yesterday remained unbeaten, and the team received a further boost when Darren Turner bumped the lead Chevrolet Corvette to take second in class.
The DBA-Zytek remains out front in the LMP675 category whilst the Alex Job Racing/Petersen Motorsports Porsche continues to lead in the GT class.
Kristensen/Smith/Capello Bentley Speed 8 3m32.843s
Herbert/Brabharm/Blundell Bentley Speed 8 3m35.126s
Magnussen/Ara/Werner Audi Sport Japan R8 3m36.418s
Pirro/Lehto/Johansson Champion Racing Audi R8 3m36.857s
Salo/Biela/McCarthy Audi Sport UK R8 3m37.076s
Lammers/Wallace/Bosch Racing for Holland Dome-Judd 3m37.350s
Gommendy/Gabbiani/Ortiz Racing for Holland Dome-Judd 3m38.908s
Beretta/Jeannette/Papis JML Team Panoz LMP-01 Evo 3m40.766s
Sarrazin/Lagorce/Boullion Pescarolo Sport Courage-Peugeot 3m40.839s
Gounon/Cochet/Gregoire Courage Couage-Judd 3m41.025s
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