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Fernandez wins pole for Aston Martin

In Long Beach ALMS qualifying
Saturday, April 17, 2010

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Pole winning Aston Martin
Adrian Fernandez made himself quite at home – again – at the historic Long Beach circuit Friday. The Mexican racing legend captured his first overall pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n with a lap of 1:13.213 (96.770 mph) in Aston Martin Racing’s Lola-Aston Martin prototype coupe for the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.

Fernandez, who is driving with Harold Primat, outpaced Patr¢n Highcroft Racing’s Simon Pagenaud by a razor-thin 0.072 seconds. Fernandez, who has 16 professional starts at Long Beach in his decorated career, needed all his experience to hold off the young Frenchman.

“This isn't a new environment; I’ve competed here many times,” said Fernandez, who won in an LMP2 Acura here last year with Luis Diaz. “To come here with a new team and be successful is great especially. We competed last weekend at Paul Ricard and were very competitive. After being here a long time, you learn when to push and when to take care of your tires. You have to be alert and work well with your team. I expect a good race tomorrow, especially with the old LMP2s.They are a bit better on the braking but we are faster on the straights so it'll be like the old days when we had to fight with the Audis.” zzzz

The outcome came as a bit of a surprise to even the Aston Martin Racing team. The big production-based, V12-powered prototype was supposed to struggle with its heavier weight than the LMP2-spec cars.

“I think the traffic will help us. We were very quick through the corners last year in the LMP2s and not so fast on the straights, so in the traffic now we'll have a bit of an advantage. It’s not a very long race so if you make a mistake you won't get a lot of time to repair it. I'm sure there will be one or yellows so you're going to have to have good strategy. And we're going to have to play the strategy as it comes and see how it plays out.

“The people who make the road car have done a good job to design this car not to just look good but make it run well at Le Mans,” he said. “And the engine is very big and very heavy which is great for fourth and fifth gear corners, fast corners - not street circuits like here. So you see you have to be good about braking and taking care of the car.”

Christophe Bouchut captured his first career pole position for Level 5 Motorsports in LMP Challenge. Bouchut’s time of 1:18.588 (90.151 mph) barely nipped Gunnar Jeannette in G-Oil’s Green Earth Team Gunnar entry by 0.219 seconds.

Bouchut will team with Level 5 owner Scott Tucker, who won the inaugural LMPC race at Sebring with Mark Wilkins. Jeannette is driving with Elton Julian.

“It’s a really good feeling for sure to be on pole position especially after our first win at Sebring,” Bouchut said. “Our team did a great job. I had no problems at all during the tests. The laps were all wonderful. We had a good setup and did lap after lap. The ORECA is new but it's got a lot of experience from the Courage (factory), and it was great to show it runs for 12 hours. We were one of the few with no problems. Even though the race will be much shorter we'll still have to fight for every lap to stay the leader.”

This is the first race for the ORECA FLM09s on a street circuit and the first Long Beach race for a majority of drivers in the class – Bouchut among them.

“This morning when I (first went around) it, I knew I would love it,” he said. “I drive these circuits all the time - the city circuits - and here it is easy and really nice. You can push a lot; sometimes in tracks like this you have to drive slow in order to be fast in the next corner, but here you can push everywhere and be on the limit.”

JR Hildebrand qualified third in class for Genoa Racing in the FLM09 that he will drive with Tom Sutherland. Hildebrand’s best lap was a 1:19.581 (89.026 mph).

Jaime Melo won his first Long Beach pole position for Risi Competizione with a lap of 1:19.581 (89.026 mph) in the Ferrari F430 GT that he will drive with Gimmi Bruni. A winner with Mika Salo at the track in 2007, Melo finished 0.598 seconds better than Wolf Henzler in Team Falken Tire’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Melo has two podium finishes in three Long Beach starts and set the fastest race lap in last year’s event. All were in the Ferrari F430 GT.

“This is a very good sign,” said Melo, who now has 16 career poles. “Qualifying here is really important. That was our target today. Long Beach has always been great for our Ferrari and this will probably be the last race here with the F430.

Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell qualified one of the team’s two Corvette C6.R third in class at 1:20.308 (88.220 mph). The top eight cars were within one second.

In the race, I think it will be much tighter than 0.5 seconds,” Melo said. “We just need to be focused and not make any mistakes. We need to do our job and give the team the best information so they can put the car in the best shape for us. That is what we have been doing.”

Andy Lally and TRG’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car moved into pole position for GT Challenge class after Black Swan Racing was excluded in post-qualifying inspections for a fuel infraction; the Black Swan Porsche had used improper fuel in qualifying.

Lally’s best lap was a 1:24.098 (84.245 mph) lap in the car that he will share with Henri Richard. TRG is back in the Series for the first time since 2005, and Lally’s lap gave the team its first pole position in the Series since team owner Kevin Buckler headed the GT class at Infineon in 2002.

“We’re coming to grips with the GT Challenge class pretty quickly,” Lally said. “We’ve shown good speed. The biggest issue is trying to stay clean in such a crowded field.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen had recorded a lap of 1:23.857 (84.487 mph) in the Black Swan car that he’ll share with team owner Tim Pappas. The Dutch pilot, a winner of two Porsche Supercup titles and at Le Mans in 2008 driving a Porsche RS Spyder, was quickest in both of Friday’s practice sessions.

GMG Racing’s James Sofronas qualified second at 1:24.256 (84.087 mph). He will drive with Bret Curtis. Next up was Alex Job Racing’s Butch Leitzinger, who will drive with Juan Gonzalez, after a lap of 1:24.288 (84.055 mph).

The Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the second round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. The race, set at the historic Long Beach street circuit, is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 17 with coverage on SPEED set for 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

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Friday’s qualifying

1. Adrian Fernandez, Paradise Valley, AZ; Harold Primat, Switzerland; Lola B09 60/Aston Martin (LMP), 1:13.213, 96.770
2. David Brabham, Maidenhead; Simon Pagenaud, Montmorrillon, France; HPD ARX-01c (LMP), 1:13.285, 96.675
3. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, Bracken, Yorkshire; Lola B09 86/Mazda (LMP), 1:14.191, 95.494
4. Greg Pickett, Crystal Bay, NV; Klaus Graf, Dornham; Porsche RS Spyder (LMP), 1:14.259, 95.407
5. Nikolas Konstant, Los Angeles, CA; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (LMP), 1:15.136, 94.293
6. Paul Drayson, London; Jonny Cocker, Guisborough; Lola B09 60/Judd (LMP), 1:17.084, 91.910
7. Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Christophe Bouchut, France; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:17.273, 91.685
8. Gunnar Jeannette, Salt Lake City, UT; Elton Julian, Los Angeles, CA; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:17.520, 91.393
9. Ken Davis, Escondido, CA; Tomy Drissi, Los Angeles, CA; Lola B06 10/AER (LMP), 1:17.611, 91.286
10. Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; JR Hildebrand; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:18.186, 90.615
11. Gerardo Bonilla, Celebration, FL; Kyle Marcelli; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:18.422, 90.342
12. Jaime Melo, Milan; Gianmaria Bruni, Rome; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:19.581, 89.026
13. Bryan Sellers, Braselton, GA; Wolf Henzler, Nuertingen; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:20.179, 88.362
14. Jan Magnussen, Roskilde; Johnny O`Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GT), 1:20.308, 88.220
15. Joerg Bergmeister, Langenfield; Patrick Long, Bellaire, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:20.424, 88.093
16. Olivier Beretta, Monte Carlo; Oliver Gavin, Yardley Hastings; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GT), 1:20.438, 88.078
17. Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, CA; Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (GT), 1:20.486, 88.025
18. Dirk Mueller, Monte Carlo; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; BMW E92 M3 (GT), 1:20.564, 87.940
19. Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Guy Cosmo, West Palm Beach, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:20.587, 87.915
20. Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Ryan Hunter-Reay, Boca Raton; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:21.151, 87.304
21. Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:21.346, 87.095
22. Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:21.457, 86.976
23. David Robertson, Ray, MI; David Murry, Atlanta, GA; Doran Design Ford GT (GT), 1:21.960, 86.442
24. Mitch Pagerey, Deerfield Beach, FL; Brian Wong, Newport Beach, CA; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:22.014, 86.385
25. Ryan Dalziel, Orlando, FL; Paul Gentilozzi, Grand Ledge, MI; Jaguar XKRS (GT), 1:22.985, 85.374
26. Johnny Mowlem, London; Tom Papadopoulos, Long Island, NY; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:23.599, 84.747
27. Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Joeren Bleekemolen, Netherlands; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:23.857, 84.487
28. Henri Richard, Los Altos Hills, CA; Andy Lally, New York, NY; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:24.098, 84.245
29. Bret Curtis, Valencia, CA; James Sofronas, Newport Beach, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:24.256, 84.087
30. Juan Gonzalez; Butch Leitzinger, Rebersburg, PA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:24.288, 84.055
31. Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Romeo Kapudija, Lincolnwood, IL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:24.462, 83.882
32. Shane Lewis, Jupiter, FL; Jerry Vento, West Palm Beach, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:24.672, 83.673
33. Bryce Miller, Summit, NJ; John McMullen, Spring Lake, NJ; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:24.730, 83.616
34. Robert Rodriguez, Zephyr Cove, NY; Galen Bieker, Burbank, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:24.968, 83.382
35. Loren Beggs, Montclair, CA; Doug Baron, Pacific Palisades, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:25.952, 82.427
36. Ricardo Gonzalez, Mexico; Luis Diaz, Mexico City; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:26.771, 81.649

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