Sarrazin takes pole for Peugeot

Peugeot driver Stephane Sarrazin claimed pole for the Zhuhai 1000Km, the final round of the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

Sarrazin takes pole for Peugeot

Sarrazin beat Peugeot team-mate Simon Pagenaud to the top spot by just over a second in what was effectively a one-lap qualifying shoot-out. Rain started to fall on the Chinese circuit as they completed their first flying laps, which meant neither was able to improve his time.

Sarrazin, who like Pagenaud set his time on intermediate tyres, said: "I didn't know I only had one lap, but you always have to push on new tyres. There was only a narrow dry line, but I didn't make any mistakes and did a very good lap."

Tom Kristensen ended up third-fastest for Audi on slick tyres, a further two tenths behind the second Peugeot. He completed one reconnaissance lap on wets before pitting for slicks.

GT1 honours went to JLOC Lamborghini Murcielago driven by Yuhi Sekiguchi. The Japanese driver ended up 1.7 seconds ahead of Pedro Lamy in the Larbre Saleen, the only other car in the class.

Gianmaria Bruni took pole in the GT2 class for the AF Corse Ferrari team. The Italian was three tenths of a second quicker than Richard Lietz in the best of the Felbermayr-Proton Porsches.

Pos Cl Drivers Car Time Gap 1. LMP1 Montagny/Sarrazin Peugeot 1m21.868s 2. LMP1 Bourdais/Pagenaud Peugeot 1m22.953s + 1.085s 3. LMP1 Kristensen/McNish Audi 1m23.152s + 1.284s 4. LMP1 Capello/Dumas Audi 1m24.589s + 2.721s 5. LMP1 Drayson/Cocker Lola-Judd 1m28.916s + 7.048s 6. LMP1 Wakisaka/Mitsuyama Courage ORECA YGK 1m30.869s + 9.001s 7. LMP2 Nicolet/da Rocha/Lafargue Pescarolo-Judd 1m32.936s + 11.068s 8. FLM Zacchia/Zhang/Lee ORECA 1m33.227s + 11.359s 9. GT1 Iiri/Sekiguchi/Yuya Lamborghini 1m33.516s + 11.648s 10. GTH Bergmeister/Long Porsche Hybrid 1m33.789s + 11.921s 11. GTC Lee/Yoong/Marsh Audi 1m34.959s + 13.091s 12. GT1 Bornhauser/Groppi/Lamy Saleen 1m35.217s + 13.349s 13. GTC Watts/Meins/Yu Audi 1m35.682s + 13.814s 14. GT2 Bruni/Vilander/Melo Ferrari 1m35.810s + 13.942s 15. GT2 Lieb/Lietz  Porsche 1m36.114s + 14.246s 16. GT2 Muller/Werner BMW 1m36.166s + 14.298s 17. GT2 Ehret/Quaife/Kirkaldy Ferrari 1m36.210s + 14.342s 18. GT2 Westbrook/O'Young Porsche 1m36.300s + 14.432s 19. GT2 Ragginger/Ried/Roda Porsche 1m36.527s + 14.659s 20. GT2 Goossens/Gentilozzi Jaguar 1m37.379s + 15.511s 21. GTC Ma/Beche Aston Martin 1m37.800s + 15.932s 22. GTC Richard/Li Audi 1m37.888s + 16.020s 23. GT2 Giroix/Goethe Lamborghini 
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