Qualifying session 4: Audi completes 1-2-3
Tom Kristensen tried his utmost in the final qualifying session for the 2002 Le Mans 24 Hours, but he could not oust Audi colleague Rinaldo Capello from the top spot. The third works Joest-run car of Michael Krumm made it a clean sweep of the top three positions for the German marque
Kristensen was the first car on track in the final two-hour session, but his 3m30.219s flyer was no match for Capello's 3m29.219s set right at the end of session three. Stephane Sarrazin grabbed an early third fastest time in the ORECA-run Dallara-Judd, but Krumm completed the Audi whitewash with a 3m30.801s soon after. That left the opposition trailing in their wake by over a second.
Sarrazin held fourth for ORECA, despite the best efforts of Jan Lammers in the Racing for Holland Dome. After losing his third quickest time from yesterday, due to a fuel irregularity, he was determined to make amends but fifth quickest was the best he could manage.
The fastest MG slipped to sixth quickest in this session, as it sat in the pits with a blown engine from session three, while the second ORECA Dallara rose to seventh in the final period in the hands of Olivier Beretta.
A big mover in the final session was the Bentley of Eric van de Poele, who jumped up from 13th to 11th after a series of quicker lap times.
The session was red flagged halfway through when Bryan Herta's Panoz caught fire, causing him to pull off at the Dunlop curve. The car remains ninth fastest.
In the classes, Tomas Enge set a whirlwind 3m54.091s in the Prodrive-run Ferrari 550 Maranello to give them an increased margin in the GTS class. Unfortunately, the Czech - who has missed qualifying so far due to F3000 testing commitments at Monza - then spun the car, damaging its rear against the barriers.
The Racers Group Porsche continued to set the pace in the GT class, improving its time to 4m10.803s.
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