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2011 Le Mans 24: Qualifying Results - Audi On The Front Row!
Posted by: MSulka on Jun 10, 2011 - 01:19 PM
American Le Mans Series News
2011 Le Mans 24: Qualifying Results - Audi On The Front Row!


Audi will start from pole on Saturday 11th June at 15h00 for the first time since 2006. The Tréluyer, Lotterer-Fässler R18 will lead the pack in the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours. Alongside them is another Audi, no.1 in the hands of Dumas-Bernhard-Rockenfeller. Third on the grid is the Bourdais-Pagenaud-Lamy, Peugeot. The gauntlet has been well and truly thrown down!

Last night, the Le Man circuit was the theatre of a couple of thrilling qualifying sessions. Session 1 (19h00 -21H00). Audi inches ahead at the last moment.

While the early stages of the session were fairly calm, the end was much more hectic as the nos 7 and 8 Peugeots improved in quick succession emulated by the no. 2 Audi.

LM P1: Early on little of note happened before qualifying ended in thrilling fashion. With a few seconds to go to the chequered flag Marcel Fässler (no. 2 Audi R18) put in a flyer in 3m 25.961s. This did not go down well with Peugeot which had just put two of its cars in the first two places. Sarrazin (no. 8 908) went out in maximum attack mode and whooshed over the timing line just before the end of the session, but failed to topple Fässler by 2/10s.

LM P2: The Signatech-Nissan team’s two Oreca Nissan prototypes dominated the category, while Strakka Racing managed to repair the car, and practised after Nick Leventis’s huge accident on Wednesday evening.

GTE Pro: On Wednesday, the BMWs led the dance. On Thursday, a Ferrari set the quickest time and the drivers in the AF Corse team’s F458 Italia dominated the works Bavarian cars, or rather the remaining no. 56 BMW M3 GT after Andy Priaulx partially destroyed the other M3 GT when he slammed into the tyre barriers.

GTE AM: Ferrari again topped the time sheets. The no. 61 F430 GT, driven by Cioci gave his rivals food for thought as he was almost 1.5 seconds quicker than the Proton Competition Porsche. Third in the category was the no. 81 Flying Lizard Motorsport 997 GT3 RSR.

Session 2 (22h00 - Midnight). Audi on top

The quickest cars immediately went at it hammer and tongs. A wave of folly enveloped the circuit as the Peugeot and Audi teams got involved in a no-holds-barred battle for pole position.

LM P1: Straight away Davidson (no. 7 Peugeot) spun, and in the meantime Romain Dumas (no. 1 Audi R18) took provisional pole with a lap in 3m 25.799s. This set the tone for the evening, but then the session was red-flagged when the 007 Aston Martin got stuck in the Mulsanne gravel trap and Anthony Beltoise (no. 58 Ferrari) went into the tyre barrier in the same place. When the session restarted there were no noticeable improvements in the times. Then Tréluyer (no. 2 Audi) left his rivals gobsmacked when he bagged pole with a time of 3m 25.738s. At the very end of the session Tom Kristensen in the no. 3 Audi made one last vain effort to knock the Frenchman off the top of the time sheets. His lap ended in the tyre barriers in Tertre Rouge. The no. 9 Bourdais-Lamy-Pagenaud Peugeot 908 driven by the latter kept the Audi camp on tenterhooks right till the chequered flag.

Pagenaud finally took third behind the Dumas-Bernhard-Rockenfeller no. 1 Audi. The R18s will monopolize the front row for the 79e Le Mans 24 Hours in front of 2 Peugeots. The first petrol-engined prototype, the no.12 Toyota Rebellion of Prost-Jani-Bleekmolen ,will start the race in eighth place with the Pescarolo-Judd just behind.

LM P2: There was also plenty of action in the LM P2 category Finally the no. 26 Signatech Oreca Nissan entered by Philippe Sinault and driven by the Franco-Spanish trio of Mailleux-Ayari-Ordonaz bagged pole by over a second from the Strakka Racing HPD. The no. 48 works Oreca-Nissan took third.

GTE Pro: The second works BMW M3 (n°56) took over from its sister car, which had a shunt earlier on. No. 55 managed to hang on to third place. No. 56 set the quickest time just before the red flag at 22 h 15. Into second came the no. 51 Ferrari iF458 Italian the hands of the very quick Fisichella- Bruni-Vilander trio.

GTE Am: AF Corse, which had to make do with second place in GTE Pro, took its revenge in GTE AM. The F430 of Perazzini- Cioci-Breslin F430 GT set the fastest time in the Amateur category from 2 Porsches entered by Proton Competition (n°63) et Flying Lizard Motorsports.

Friday is a day of rest on the Le Mans circuit. The 56 cars will be back in action in the warm-up at 09h00 on Saturday morning after which they will be lined up herringbone style at 13h00. Two hours later, Jean Todt, the FIA President, will launch the 24-Hour battle when he drops the French flag.’

Warm-Up: Saturday 11th June - 9h00 to 9h45.

Start of the 79th Le Mans 24 Hours: Saturday 11th June 2011 at 15h00. Double points will be awarded for the third round of the ILMC.



 

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2011 : American Le Mans series Qualifying Results
Pos Nr. Team Driver Car Cl Ty Time Lap Total Gap Kph
1 2 Audi Sport Team Joest M. Fassler / A. Lotterer / B. Treluyer Audi R18 TDI LM P1 M 3:25.738 73 85 - - 238.5
2 1 Audi Sport Team Joest T. Bernhard / R. Dumas / M. Rockenfeller Audi R18 TDI LM P1 M 3:25.799 35 57 +0.061 +0.061 238.4
3 9 Team Peugeot Total P. Lamy / S. Bourdais / S. Pagenaud Peugeot 908 LM P1 M 3:26.010 78 81 +0.272 +0.211 238.2
4 8 Peugeot Sport Total F. Montagny / S. Sarrazin / N. Minassian Peugeot 908 LM P1 M 3:26.156 44 59 +0.418 +0.146 238.0
5 3 AUDI SPORT NORTH AMERICA R. Capello / T. Kristensen / A. McNish Audi R18 TDI LM P1 M 3:26.165 81 86 +0.427 +0.009 238.0
6 7 Peugeot Sport Total M. Gene / A. Wurz / A. Davidson Peugeot 908 LM P1 M 3:26.272 46 68 +0.534 +0.107 237.9
7 10 Team Oreca Matmut N. Lapierre / L. Duval / O. Panis Peugeot 908 Hdi-FAP LM P1 M 3:30.084 17 80 +4.346 +3.812 233.5
8 12 REBELLION RACING N. Jani / N. Prost / J. Bleekemolen Lola B 10/60 Coupe-Toyota LM P1 M 3:32.883 50 67 +7.145 +2.799 230.5
9 16 Pescarolo Team E. Collard / C. Tinseau / J. Jousse Pescarolo Judd LM P1 M 3:33.066 36 58 +7.328 +0.183 230.3
10 13 REBELLION RACING A. Belicchi / J. Boullion / G. Smith Lola B 10/60 Coupe-Toyota LM P1 M 3:34.573 37 45 +8.835 +1.507 228.7
11 15 Oak Racing T. Monteiro / G. Moreau / P. Ragues Oak Pescarolo-Judd LM P1 D 3:34.933 39 57 +9.195 +0.360 228.3
12 22 Kronos Racing V. Ickx / M. Martin / B. Leinders Lola Aston Martin LM P1 M 3:36.551 19 47 +10.813 +1.618 226.6
13 20 Quifel-Asm Team M. Amaral / O. Pla / W. Hughes Zytek 09 SC LM P1 D 3:37.393 44 49 +11.655 +0.842 225.7
14 26 Signatech Nissan F. Mailleux / L. Ordonez / S. Ayari Oreca 03-Nissan LM P2 D 3:41.458 50 61 +15.720 +4.065 221.6
15 24 Oak Racing J. Nicolet / R. Hein / J. Yvon Oak Pescarolo-Judd LM P1 D 3:41.908 41 68 +16.170 +0.450 221.1
16 42 Strakka Racing N. Leventis / D. Watts / J. Kane Honda Performance Development Arx 01 LM P2 M 3:42.615 9 36 +16.877 +0.707 220.4
17 48 Team Oreca Matmut A. Premat / D. Hallyday / D. Kraihamer Oreca 03-Nissan LM P2 M 3:43.098 38 70 +17.360 +0.483 219.9
18 39 Pecom Racing L. Perez-Companc / M. Russo / P. Kaffer Lola B11/40-Judd Bmw LM P2 M 3:43.223 46 65 +17.485 +0.125 219.8
19 49 Oak Racing S. Nakano / N. De Crem / J. Charouz Oak Pescarolo-BMW LM P2 D 3:43.479 40 50 +17.741 +0.256 219.5
20 41 Greaves Motorsport K. Ojjeh / O. Lombard / T. Kimber-Smith Zytek Nissan LM P2 D 3:43.802 35 47 +18.064 +0.323 219.2
21 40 Race Performance M. Frey / R. Meichtry / M. Rostan Oreca 03-Judd BMW LM P2 D 3:44.294 18 40 +18.556 +0.492 218.8
22 007 Aston Martin Racing C. Klien / S. Mucke / D. Turner Aston Martin AMR-One LM P1 M 3:45.918 25 37 +20.180 +1.624 217.2
23 36 RML T. Erdos / M. Newton / B. Collins Honda Performance Development Arx 01 LM P2 D 3:47.308 3 55 +21.570 +1.390 215.8
24 5 Hope Racing S. Zacchia / J. Lammers / C. Elgaard Oreca Swiss Hy Tech-Hybrid LM P1 M 3:47.691 9 32 +21.953 +0.383 215.5
25 009 Aston Martin Racing A. Fernandez / A. Meyrick / H. Primat Aston Martin AMR-One LM P1 M 3:48.355 26 38 +22.617 +0.664 214.9
26 44 Extreme Limite AM Paris F. Rosier / P. Haezebrouck / J. De Fournoux Norma M200P-Judd BMW LM P2 D 3:48.420 27 45 +22.682 +0.065 214.8
27 35 Oak Racing A. Barlesi / F. Da Rocha / P. Lafargue Oak Pescarolo-Judd BMW LM P2 D 3:48.665 36 64 +22.927 +0.245 214.6
28 33 Level 5 Motorsports S. Tucker / C. Bouchut / J. Barbosa Lola Coupe-Honda Performance Development LM P2 M 3:48.863 39 42 +23.125 +0.198 214.4
29 55 BMW Motorsport A. Farfus / J. Muller / D. Werner BMW M3 GT LM GTE Pro D 3:57.592 53 73 +31.854 +8.729 206.5
30 51 AF Corse Srl G. Fisichella / G. Bruni / T. Vilander Ferrari 458 Italia LM GTE Pro M 3:58.040 29 51 +32.302 +0.448 206.1
31 56 BMW Motorsport A. Priaulx / D. Muller / J. Hand BMW M3 GT LM GTE Pro D 3:58.426 4 44 +32.688 +0.386 205.8
32 74 Corvette Racing O. Gavin / J. Magnussen / R. Westbrook Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 LM GTE Pro M 3:59.519 2 60 +33.781 +1.093 204.8
33 89 Hankook-Team Farnbacher D. Farnbacher / A. Simonsen / L. Keen Ferrari 458 Italia LM GTE Pro H 3:59.519 37 61 +33.781 +0.000 204.8
34 73 Corvette Racing A. Garcia / T. Milner / O. Beretta Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 LM GTE Pro M 3:59.633 2 56 +33.895 +0.114 204.7
35 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton M. Lieb / R. Lietz / W. Henzler Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro M 3:59.662 34 47 +33.924 +0.029 204.7
36 59 Luxury Racing S. Ortelli / F. Makowiecki / J. Melo Ferrari 458 Italia LM GTE Pro M 3:59.901 2 41 +34.163 +0.239 204.5
37 75 Prospeed Competition M. Goossens / M. Holzer / J. Van Lagen Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro M 3:59.962 4 64 +34.224 +0.061 204.5
38 79 Jota S. Dolan / S. Hancock / C. Buncombe Aston Martin Vantage LM GTE Pro D 4:00.747 5 42 +35.009 +0.785 203.8
39 66 JMW Motorsport R. Bell / T. Sugden / X. Maassen Ferrari 458 Italia LM GTE Pro D 4:00.890 19 48 +35.152 +0.143 203.7
40 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports J. Bergmeister / P. Long / L. Luhr Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro M 4:01.024 40 41 +35.286 +0.134 203.6
41 58 Luxury Racing A. Beltoise / F. Jakubowski / P. Thiriet Ferrari 458 Italia LM GTE Pro M 4:01.176 42 48 +35.438 +0.152 203.4
42 61 AF Corse Srl P. Perazzini / M. Cioci / S. Breslin Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am M 4:01.282 31 50 +35.544 +0.106 203.3
43 88 Team Felbermayr-Proton B. Miller / N. Tandy / A. Al-Faisal Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro M 4:01.752 33 44 +36.014 +0.470 203.0
44 71 AF Corse R. Kauffman / M. Waltrip / R. Aguas Ferrari 458 Italia LM GTE Pro M 4:02.216 24 53 +36.478 +0.464 202.6
45 76 Imsa Performance Matmut P. Pilet / R. Narac / N. Armindo Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Pro M 4:02.548 29 35 +36.810 +0.332 202.3
46 63 Proton Competition C. Ried / H. Felbermayr Jr. / H. Felbermayr Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am M 4:03.532 38 39 +37.794 +0.984 201.5
47 81 Flying Lizard Motorsports S. Neiman / D. Law / S. Pumpelly Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am M 4:03.648 49 51 +37.910 +0.116 201.4
48 70 Larbre Competition C. Bourret / P. Gibon / J. Belloc Porsche 911 RSR (997) LM GTE Am M 4:03.918 6 43 +38.180 +0.270 201.2
49 83 JMB Racing M. Rodrigues / J. Menahem / N. Marroc Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am M 4:04.640 55 56 +38.902 +0.722 200.6
50 60 Gulf AMR Middle East F. Giroix / R. Goethe / M. Wainwright Aston Martin Vantage LM GTE Am D 4:04.825 2 31 +39.087 +0.185 200.4
51 57 Krohn Racing T. Krohn / N. Jonsson / M. Rugolo Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am D 4:05.211 24 36 +39.473 +0.386 200.1
52 50 Larbre Competition P. Bornhanuser / J. Canal / G. Gardel Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 LM GTE Am M 4:05.955 5 37 +40.217 +0.744 199.5
53 62 CRS Racing P. Ehret / S. Lynn / R. Wills Ferrari F430 LM GTE Am M 4:07.236 20 45 +41.498 +1.281 198.5
54 65 Lotus Jetalliance J. Rossiter / J. Mowlem / J. Hirschi Lotus Evora LM GTE Pro M 4:07.465 5 22 +41.727 +0.229 198.3
55 68 Robertson Racing LLC D. Robertson / A. Robertson / D. Murry Ford GT-Doran LM GTE Am M 4:08.208 6 35 +42.470 +0.743 197.7
56 64 Lotus Jetalliance O. Slingerland / M. Rich / J. Hartshorne Lotus Evora LM GTE Pro M 4:12.569 21 47 +46.831 +4.361 194.3



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